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Saturday & Sunday March 4 & 5, 2017

In Collaboration With University of Washington and the Future of Ice Initiative



A Panel Discussion Series With The Baker Community,
Globally Recognized Climate Scientists, & Leading PNW Sustainability Experts

A FREE Community Event

Saturday March 4th & Sunday March 5th

2:00 PM at the Raven Hut at Mt. Baker Ski Area

Happy Hour Fondue Bar* and Micro Brews Available

* Fondue Bar by Donation to Mt. Baker SnowSchool Banner

Saturday March 4, 2017 · 2PM Raven Hut Lodge

What's Happening In The PNW?

A Discussion on Global Climate Matters and PNW Advancements Toward Solutions


Cecilia Bitz, Ph.D.

Professor of Atmospheric Science
at the University of Washington

Cecilia Bitz is a professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Washington. Cecilia's research focus is on ice and climate. She has traveled to both the Arctic and Antarctic to make measurement to understand sea ice physics and improve predictive models.

Eric de Place

Policy Director, Sightline Institute

Eric de Place is the policy director of Sightline Institute - an independent, nonprofit research and communications center—a think tank—founded in 1993. Eric is a researcher, writer, speaker, and policy analyst who spearheads Sightline's work on energy policy. He is known as a leading expert on coal and oil export plans in the Pacific Northwest, and he is considered an authority on a range of issues connected to fossil fuel transport, including carbon emissions, local pollution, transportation system impacts, rail policy, and economics.

Claudia Frere-Anderson

Director of Sustainability
at the University of Washington

Claudia Frere-Anderson is the director for the University of Washington’s UW Sustainability office which is responsible for University-wide sustainability communications, reporting, and engagement programs. UW Sustainability facilitates Climate Action Plan projects and policies under the University executive order on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.

Sunday March 5, 2017 · 2PM Raven Hut Lodge

What We Can Do

A Conversation About Successful Efforts In Whatcom County and Beyond


Sharon Shewmake

Assistant Professor, WWU
College of Business and Economics

Sharon Shewmake became an economist because she wanted to save the world. Her research and teaching focus on environmental and energy economics, particularly evaluating programs to reduce CO2 emissions.

Derek Long

of Sustainable Connections

Derek, our fearless leader, has a long record of entrepreneurism and program development in government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. He co-founded Sustainable Connections in 2002 and became Executive Director in 2009 after successfully growing many key programs and initiatives. Derek was also the first co-National Coordinator of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) in 2002. He is deeply committed to creating a community that works well for all people, and believes our region is rich with the potential to do so.

Rachel Vasak

Executive Director of
Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Rachel has a passion for exploring the outdoor landscape in all seasons, and is partial to the mountains, lakes, streams, rivers, and marine environment of the Pacific Northwest.Rachel’s focus at NSEA is efficient operations and effective results. Emphasis areas currently include implementation of NSEA’s strategic plan including growth in monitoring, education, and restoration programs development of funding and funding diversity, and leadership of operations.


Eric Steig
Professor of Atmospheric Science University of Washington

Gwyn Howat
Executive Vice President
Mt. Baker Ski Area

About the Future of Ice Initiative

The “Future of Ice” Initiative represents a commitment by the University of Washington to invest in knowledge about the polar regions. Future of Ice also provides a framework through which to foster collaborative partnerships with stakeholders in the polar regions, where the triple challenges of climate change, new economic pressures, and rapid social and political disruption intersect. For more information, visit ice.washington.edu


Sarah Myhre
Public Education and Outreach Coordinator

Getting to and from the lodge
The Raven Hut Lodge is a mid-mountain lodge, not accessible by vehicle. In order to access the lodge, you will either need to ski or snowboard to the lodge or park your vehicle in the White Salmon parking lot and access the lodge via a short 15-minute walk. Please note that the terrain is snow-covered but well packed. Snow boots and sensible footwear is recommended and remember to dress warmly for the trek in and out.

• Lift ticket or 16-17 Mt Baker Season Pass required to access lifts.

•You must be in reasonable physical condition in order to make the short walk to and from the lodge. Please call our office for any questions about lodge access logistics.