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May 2021 Urban Extension News Bulletin

Posted by msanderson | May 26, 2021

Features: Nat’l Extension Tourism Conference, 4-H Job Posting at U of Arizona, Benefits of Water Recycling article, Int’l Urban Wildlife Conference,

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the portion of the year when our vitamin D levels are hitting ‘optimum level’! Are you feeling that post-vaccination nervous excitement as you begin to plan out your fall professional learning plans? We’ve included some great opportunities below for your to consider.

WSU’s Patricia Townsend is representing the Cougs at combined National Extension Energy Summit & National Sustainability Summit being held at Penn State University. You can learn more about the call for proposals here.

The virtual National Urban Extension Summit will be held this week (May 19-20). I look forward to ‘seeing’ you there! Ping me if there’s anything you pick up during the summit that you’d like to discuss! Until next time, be well, sign up for and get your vaccine (now that we’re all eligible), wear face coverings when appropriate, and wash your hands.


Brad Gaolach Ph. D. | He/Him
Washington State University Extension
Director | Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension
Director | Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research
Associate Professor | Community & Economic Development
Phone: (425) 405-1734 | WSU Direct: 21734 | Twitter: @WSUMetroCenter LinkedIn


2021 National Extension Tourism Conference

2021 Nat'l Tourism Conference poster - bird flying over water

Register Today!

November 7-11, Savannah, GA

National Extension Tourism (NET) integrates research, education and outreach within Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant to support sustainable tourism, thus contributing to the long-term economic development, environmental stewardship, and socio-cultural wellbeing of communities and regions.

This year’s conference theme of “Navigating the Uncharted” will reflect on these transformations and catalyze future extension programming that best serves our stakeholders’ needs.

Call for proposals is now open!


Job Posting: The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension seeks 4-H Youth Development program.

arizona state with a-z and 4-h logo

Brief Description: The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension seeks an exceptional individual to join our Maricopa County team to lead our 4-H Youth Development program. This position is part of a dynamic team of professionals developing and delivering community outreach programs that provide research-based objective informal education. The incumbent will be required to create and implement positive youth development programming and is 100% responsible for 4-H program management. This position will provide leadership to grow a large, multi-layer, and complex volunteer organization that delivers high-quality youth development programming through a wide variety of content-areas. This is a non-continuing Associate Agent position.

Study shows how water recycling can benefit Sammamish Valley

scientists in masks outside of a garden

From left, Doug Collins (Washington State University), Jason Hatch (Washington Water Trust), Jacque Klug (King County), Ed Kolodziej (University of Washington), Kristina Westbrook (King County), Nicole Gutierrez (Washington Water Trust).Photos courtesy of Washington Water Trust

Recycled water serves as a vital tool to protect rivers and streams throughout Washington, especially the Sammamish Valley, as the region continues to face increasing demands and climate change stressors.

As part of an ongoing series of community education programs presented by the Sammamish Valley Grange, a panel of staff and educators provided an overview into the Recycled Water Project on Thursday, April 7. Water reuse, also commonly known as water recycling, reclaims water from a variety of sources then treats and reuses it for beneficial purposes.

Continue reading…


International Urban Wildlife Conference

urban forest planting

The International Urban Wildlife Conference is going VIRTUAL!

This conference will create an interactive forum for urban planners, researchers, city and county staff, students, educators, biologists, and ecologists of all backgrounds from across the globe to highlight research, case studies, policy initiatives, thought exercises, and discussions related to wildlife and natural resources in urban environments. The theme for this year’s conference is Changing Narratives. In today’s fast-changing world, we are faced with new challenges daily, now more than ever before.

Because the conference is international and virtual, we are accommodating different time zones by providing an exciting mix of recorded presentations that you can view when it’s convenient for you, beginning May 18, 2021, and live events that will incorporate presentation topics with dynamic discussion and Q&A from May 25 – 27, 2021.


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