Ten years ago, the UW formed the College of the Environment. Across the UW, many researchers were already engaged in environmental studies, but were often isolated from each other by departmental niches. The College of the Environment strove to change this and developed a home for environmental science.
“It wasn’t enough to not only just bring all the Earth systems pieces together under the College of the Environment,” Harriet Bullitt Endowed Executive Director of EarthLab Ben Packard said. “The idea was to also be able [to] connect this capacity, to connect it outside the university and apply the amazing scholarship and research that happens here with people who can use that information to work on these environmental challenges. That institute is now EarthLab.”Read more on The Daily