Environment briefs

Event to focus on sustainable living

Synergy: The 8th Annual Sustainable Living Conference is set for Wednesday through Friday at The Evergreen State College.

Free and open to the public, the conference weaves together with presentations and exhibits the themes of ecology, design, culture, health and social change. Speakers this year include Hunter Lovins, chief executive officer of Natural Capitalism, and Sustainablebusiness.com founder Kevin Wilhelm.

For more information and a schedule of events, go to academic.evergreen.edu/events/synergy.

Climate action group schedules meeting

The Olympia Climate Action group will meet from 7 to 9 p.m., May 11 at the MIXX 96 meeting room at the corner of State Avenue and Washington Street to hear a progress report on the City of Olympia’s climate action plan.

The meeting is open to the public. For more information contact Jack Zeiger at 360-943-5112.

Learn how to compost at DirtWorks

Free composting workshops and the WSU Master Gardeners plant sale is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 16 at the DirtWorks Demonstration Garden on Alta Drive off Capital Mall Drive behind Yauger Park and Apple Park apartments.

The workshops offered by the Master Composters team include: yard waste composting, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and worm composting, 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Talk about climate friendly transportation

The Cool Thurston Campaign is offering a symposium on climate friendly transportation 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, in the Seminar II Building, B1105, at The Evergreen State College.

For more information, go to http://coolthurston campaign.ning.com.

Discuss science, policy of oil spill response

The science and policy behind oil spill response in the state will be discussed by state Department of Ecology oil spill response manager David Byers at the Olympia Science Cafe, 7 p.m., May 12, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1530 Black Lake Blvd., S.W., Olympia.

Students can discover ‘green’ career paths

The New Market Skills Center in Tumwater will have a Green Career Pathways Night for high school students who want to learn more about professions in the fields of green building and construction, alternative energy and natural resource management.

The event is 6 to 8 p.m., May 14. For more information, contact Mark Wagar at 360-570-4437 or mark.wagar@newmarketskills.com.