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EnviroSLAM A Success

Over 150 people attended the first-ever major showcase and celebration of Washington University’s environment, energy, and sustainability initiatives. The April 19th event brought together community partners, alumni, and industry professionals with WashU faculty, students, and staff at the beautiful St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM). The dynamic event, dubbed “EnviroSLAM”, featured over 20 major university initiatives, including the sustainable urban design program, cutting-edge solar energy and energy storage research, the environmental law clinic, the Tyson Research Center’s ecological research, global partnerships, student-led initiatives, and much more. Faculty and students were on-hand to share their posters and talk about the impacts of their work. Taken together, the body of WashU’s leadership on sustainability, energy, and environmental issues is truly impressive.

The event also featured keynote addresses by Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Dr. Barbara Schaal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, who highlighted the challenges our planet is facing and how Washington University is preparing students to find new and creative solutions for those challenges. Two students, Taylor Blevin and Jamal Gaddis, addressed attendees, sharing how their experiences at WashU have transformed their interests, knowledge, and career goals.

Attendees left the event energized about the work that is underway at WashU and with new connections to help propel this critical work forward.

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