IAS faculty and student win 2019 Husky Green Awards


The Husky Green Awards are given annually to students, faculty and staff from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses who show environmental leadership and dedication.

This year, IAS faculty members Rob Turner, Warren Gold, Environmental Science major Jordan Fette, and Policy Studies alum Sean Schmidt have been awarded this distinction. Read more about each of them:

Jordan Fette

Jordan’s high energy and enthusiasm combined with his dedication to environmentalism has led to his growth as a change maker at UW Bothell. Taking part in UW Bothell’s Bee Research Team, he has taken on the responsibility of building and sharing knowledge of bees on campus and the creation of a formal database to record data collected on the bees and the plants they pollinate. He is best known for his “Bee-Search Safari” attire that draws the attention of visitors and students, giving him the opportunity to talk about these native pollinators and their key role in the environment. Outside of his dedication to bees, Jordan also works hard to promote sustainability and environmental education in exciting and engaging ways.

Rob Turner

Rob’s interdisciplinary background as a geologist, oceanographer, and environmental scientist, has enabled him to be a true leader of sustainability at UW Bothell, both in the classroom and out in the field. Rob has been one of the principal faculty in the development of new UW Bothell degrees in Earth System Science and Environmental Studies. He also leads a successful undergraduate research program that allows for many undergraduates to participate in hands-on field research about water quality and various other community environmental problems. As a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability (CACES), he has also helped to develop and move forward their Sustainability Action Plan.

Warren Gold

Warren’s contributions have helped foster a campus culture at UW Bothell that is supportive of student growth and achievement, as well as being focused on promoting sustainability. As an associate professor, his goal is to foster students’ fundamental learning instincts and curiosity, which he has accomplished through his development and teaching of a wide range of challenging and engaging environmental courses. Outside of the classroom, Warren also acts as the director of the UW Restoration Ecology Network, working to help restore hundreds of acres in our region to improved ecological health. His hard work and dedication has made him an inspiration to many.

Sean Schmidt

UW Tacoma Associate Director of Finance, Human Resources and Administration

Sean has worked tirelessly to incorporate sustainable practices in every aspect of his life. Working as a healthcare researcher and administrator at the UW, he led the formation of several initiatives, including Sustainability and Medicine (SAM) and the Multidisciplinary Efforts for Sustainability in Healthcare (MESH). Continuing his career at the UW as a Sustainability Specialist, Sean focused his work on tri-campus sustainability reporting and student engagement through his participation in EcoReps, Green Greeks, and various other student-led sustainability groups/initiatives. While he is now working at UW Tacoma as the associate director of Finance, HR, and Administration, he continues to find ways to be an advocate for sustainability and embed his passions into his new line of work.