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Tacoma Professors Honored as Champions of Sustainability

Courtesy of McKinstry

On Feb. 26, two Tacoma-based professors were honored as Champions of Sustainability at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. Ellen Moore, a senior lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma, and Katrina Taylor, a political science professor at Tacoma Community College, were recognized for their innovative approach to reducing waste in the built environment. The honor was given by McKinstry, a national leader in building design, construction, and operation. Troy Builta of Mt. Hood Community College was also honored at the event. 

Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day

Courtesy SPSCC

Four female students from South Puget Sound Community College’s Craft Brewing and Distilling Company participated in the Pink Boots Society Collaboration Brew Day on March 7. The event, which aligned with International Women’s Day, brought together female industry professionals and allies from Tumwater, Olympia, and Seattle to elevate women in brewing. 

The group, clad in pink boots, worked together to craft an exclusive IPA. Proceeds from the sales of this brew are used by the Pink Boots Society to support educational scholarships and programming for members.

Kids Can’t Wait Expanded

Courtesy HopeSparks Staff

HopeSparks, an organization in Tacoma that helps people overcome trauma, recently expanded a project called Kids Can’t Wait. The project expands behavioral health services for low-income students and their families while also building a high-quality workforce to combat the shortage of behavioral health professionals across the state. Feb. 28 marked the official completion of the expansion of Kids Can’t Wait, which started in 2016, and was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Moving forward, HopeSparks will have 11 new office spaces and will be able to hire more therapists to serve 500 more children every year. 

Go Red for Women Luncheon

Photo by Zoe Branch

The annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, which raises awareness about heart conditions that affect 1 in 3 women in their lifetimes, was held at Hotel Murano on March 13. The luncheon included a heart-healthy salad, an auction, a speech by 38-year-old stroke survivor Laura Pugh, and educational information given by a doctor and a dietitian.  

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