Biochar: Coral Reef of the Soil

Photo: Justin Roberts

For students at the University of Washington, discovering their academic and career passions is a journey of exploration, opportunity and learning. Justin Roberts knows this well. Justin is a third-year master of Landscape Architecture student. He spent a quarter abroad in Sweden as part of the  Valle Scholarship & Scandinavian Exchange Program, which funds student exchanges between the UW and Nordic countries. He is also the author of his new book, “Metabolic Matters: An Urban Designer’s Guide to Biochar,” where he explores how biochar, an incredibly sustainable material that can be made from any organic substance, can be used to tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing humans and ecosystems across the globe. This book was inspired by the many journeys Justin has taken in his life as a student, emerging landscape architect and passionate proponent of adopting more holistically sustainable practices into landscape design.

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2020-2021 Roadmap (updated 12/7/2020)

Where We Are in the Process

Testing and Refinement; Autumn 2020

Through feedback mechanisms, faculty, staff, students, partners will provide reactions, identify gaps, state preferences for top priority actions.

Hot Topics discussions will be held to deeply understand words and topics where there are disciplinary or other differences in the college.

December 9th All College Meeting allowed faculty and staff the chance to engage with the plan and provide feedback. No vote was held, but functional groups (departments, working groups, interest groups, constituents groups) are encouraged to meet before mid-January to develop implementations and tactics.

Taking a last round of feedback, the writing team will revise and release Draft 4 in early February.

Functional groups will present at the February All College Meeting. A vote will be taken on Draft 4 (with amendments as needed) of the Strategic Plan for adoption in February. Preliminary planning for Implementation discussed.