How to Take Part in Improving Our Community's Climate Resilience—via Trees!

Majestic stand of old grown trees with green ferns on forest floor

Thursday, February 9, 2023
4:30-5:30 p.m. PT

Online on Zoom
And In-person at Western

Academic Instructional Center West,
Room 204



Check out this video to watch the How to Take Part in Improving Our Community's Climate Resilience—via Trees!.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by:
WWU College of the Environment
in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association


Michael Feerer, Executive Director of the Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP), will overview exciting projects and initiatives that WMTP has developed over the past year. You'll hear how WMTP can assist local citizens to protect our rapidly disappearing mature trees locally as well as to plant new tree seedlings where needed in local parks and Greenways. He'll also detail how anyone can become a Neighborhood Tree Ambassador as a way to focus this positive work in their neighborhood. Q&A will follow the presentation.

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Paid parking is available in lot C. Or join us online on Zoom!

Portrait of speaker Michael Feerer

Michael Feerer


Michael Feerer founded and leads the Whatcom Million Trees Project non-profit. He has a long history of creating innovative projects for social good. Decades ago, he was one of the first “user-based design” architects/planners in the nation. Using social science techniques and broad-based research to inform design, he planned over 1 million square feet of civic & medical facilities, mostly in Southern California. Later he authored Premiere with a Passion, the bestselling first “bible” for desktop video which helped to democratize creative video-making. Then he founded to provide the world’s first non-violent visual effects for video/film. Locally, he served for many years on the Board of Cedar Tree Montessori School. A dedicated Dad (and now granddad!), voracious reader, and avid wilderness explorer, he has hiked in nature the equivalent of 1.5x times around Earth.

Questions, Accommodations, and Parking

Contact the WWU Alumni Association for this event. Feel free to call at (360) 650-3353 or email at if you have any questions or comments.

Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form.

There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus. WWU parking details—including lot locations, fees, and campus map—are available here.