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Fallon Harris '14 with students at Cornelius Elementary
Alumna Fallon Harris '14 created the nonprofit Eden Acres, promoting environmental literacy for all learners of all ages. Today, the organization is partnered with area schools, public agencies, and businesses, offering outdoor classes and sustainability activities for youth.
Oregon Silverspot Butterfly
Project led by Rich Van Buskirk using scent-trained canines to help identify hospitable habitats for the endangered Oregon Silverspot butterfly.
Scientist Jamie Dwyer will discuss how how incorporating biomimicry can positively transform the way we live.
Senior Makkie Conching developed a vertical gardening system for her sustainable design major, hoping to help those with limited garden space grow their own food. "About 85 percent of our food in Hawai‘i is imported," said Conching, who is from Oahu. "I wanted to start with my family and help them produce our own food." 
An environmental studies: policy, culture and society major, Isabella Barcellona '16 researched the factors that make sustainable, affordable housing possible in the Portland area. "I want to continue with the advocacy," she said.
"There are people there who are willing to support you and help your dreams come true," says Mai Vo, a Vietnam-born student who dreams of becoming a pharmacist.
Kestrels are disappearing worldwide — except in Forest Grove, where they thrive. Through the Pacific University undergraduate research program, one professor and his students are studying the healthy population to find out how they can protect the species elsewhere.