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Center for Creative Conservation transitions to EarthLab

Since its establishment, the Center for Creative Conservation has been a member of UW EarthLab along with others, like the Climate Impacts Group and the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Now the Center and EarthLab are joining forces in a deeper way, with the Center becoming an integral part of EarthLab. Read about the changes below in a letter from Josh Lawler, Faculty Director for EarthLab and Ben Packard, Harriet Bullitt Endowed Executive Director of EarthLab.

The success of the Center for Creative Conservation has demonstrated that trans-disciplinary engagement can have significant impact on the co-creation of knowledge. The notion that we can bring together groups to incubate ideas that reach far across disciplines and engage practitioners, artists, educators, community group leaders and others in deep and sustained conversation is timely and has been well received.

Since its establishment, the Center has been a member of UW EarthLab—a new environmental institute housing other groups such as the Climate Impacts Group, the Center for Health and the Global Environment, and the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. EarthLab’s inaugural Executive Director, Ben Packard, has been working over the past year to clarify the vision, priorities and strategic outcomes for EarthLab. As this vision has taken shape, it has become clear that the activities of the Center are a key element of EarthLab. Rather than duplicating the efforts of C3 at the EarthLab level, we have decided to integrate the Center for Creative Conservation into EarthLab.

We are joining forces in a deeper way, with C3 becoming an integral part of EarthLab. We are sad to be retiring the C3 name and website, but excited that the work we are doing in partnership with you will continue and indeed be more fully supported as part of EarthLab’s core work. We are thrilled at the opportunity this presents for our continued growth, our ability to reach new audiences and partners, and to realize an even broader impact in our world through collaborative and innovative approaches to complex environmental challenges.

In early October, EarthLab will update its website and there you will be able to find the Center’s activities, both past and present. Going forward, all future activities we conduct will be EarthLab core activities. Sara will continue her work under the new title of Social Science Lead at EarthLab and Josh will shift over to become the Faculty Director of EarthLab, working closely with the Executive Director.

If you have any questions about this change and what lies ahead, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Over the last six months, EarthLab has worked to establish a bold set of outcomes and is planning a comprehensive awareness raising campaign in the fall. In addition, there will be a grant program to engage a broader group of faculty and community partners in applied research. We believe now is the time to bring this work together and to support a broader set of programs to greater impact.