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The Planet, Spring 2010



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Publication Date

Spring 2010


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Bettinger, Kaylin


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Olivia Scalet; Editors: Oliver Lazenby, James Andrews; Assistant Editors: Mitch Olsen, Andrea Farrell; Science Editor: Stephanie Eckard; Designers: Kim Gladow (Lead), Brianna Nieman; Photographers: Reiko Endo, Katie Haug, Selah Prather, Shea Taisey, Emma Ketterl, Katarina Bunge; Writers: Daniel O’Hair, Hillary Landers, Brian Conner, Brianna Gibbs, Liza Weeks, Alana Linderoth, Caleb Fleisher, Kim Cauvel, Jon Berry

Photography Editor

Emtman, Jeff


Dietrich, William

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

Tracking Your Trash

Follow Bellingham’s waste from local dumpsters to a massive methane-producing mound in Roosevelt, Wash., where it is used to create green energy.

Turning the Tides

Could the future of renewable energy lie on the bottom of Puget Sound? Scientists and electric companies in Washington State are leading the nation in research on tidal turbines as they look towards the future of energy in the state.

The Water Bottle Dilemma

Buy a bottle of water, drink, dispose, repeat. A look at this flawed system and why proper disposal isn’t the only danger with bottled beverages.

Money for Green

Western has already been nationally recognized for being a “green” college. Can a new fee used specifically for eco-friendly purposes help Western leave other colleges green with envy?

Smooth Transition

The members of Transition Whatcom are preparing for peak oil and climate change by promoting local sustainability, but can they really make a difference?

Off the Eaten Path

A taste of the wild edibles available to Pacific Northwest foragers, including what is edible, as well as when, where, and how to harvest responsibly.

Fisher Reintroduction into Olympic National Park

Fishers, a native species in the weasel family, once roamed Washington State. Thanks to a reintroduction and monitoring project, they are back.

Trees vs. Breeze

The great debate: paper towels versus hand driers. It’s a daily dilemma, but do you have enough information to make the best choice?




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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The Planet, 2010, Spring

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