July 1, 2020

Current Fellowships

Supporting Climate Action in King County, WA 

This summer, Ingrid is working with the Executive Climate Office of King County (Washington) on three projects related to addressing climate change at the county level: 1) contributing to an initial draft of the next 5-year Strategic Climate Action Plan for the county; 2) writing a user guide to accompany a new urban heat mapping tool to be used by local jurisdictions and community organizations to better prepare residents for intensifying summer heat, especially those residents most vulnerable to effects of extreme heat; and 3) researching options for a future “climate dashboard” to track and communicate progress and achievements and increase the office’s transparency and accountability. Read more here.

Capturing Outdoor Recreation and Ecological Patterns along a Multiple Use Mountain Stream 

Outdoor recreation opportunities fuel important Intermountain West economies, satisfy cultural needs, and uphold nature connectedness. Similarly, mountain freshwater ecosystems promote the development and recruitment of flora and fauna. When considered together, recreation ecosystems comprise natural areas with varying levels of human and (non) human use. Some of the chief drivers shifting more visitors into stream-lined canyons include increasing temperatures, fewer urban green spaces, and less exposure to plants, wildlife, and other natural elements. Greater outdoor recreation use raises questions about recreationally driven ecological impacts. Read more here.