Environmental Speaker Series Presents: The Clean Energy Transition Must Prioritize Equity

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Event Details




Online: Zoom

In-Person at WWU:
Academic West, Room 204



Brought to you by:

College of the Environment, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the The Clean Energy Transition Must Prioritize Equity.

The important, and often controversial, lower Snake River dams debate continues to stoke conversation and political interest. The Biden administration is currently weighing in on the role of the LSRD and perhaps signaling their demise, while a report commissioned by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash concluded that the cost of replacing the energy provided by the LSRD could cost up to $27.2 billion—a move that they determined is not yet feasible.

Disclosure statement: Humaira Falkenberg is a Power Resources Manager at Pacific Public Utility District of Pacific County, where she manages and oversees all wholesale power supply costs for the utility. She also serves as Vice Chair of Northwest RiverPartners, an organization whose mission includes educating the public and policymakers “about the important role of hydroelectricity,” and is also an officer of the Public Power Council, a group that represents consumer-owned utilities in the Northwest at the state and federal level.  

Humaira's goal is to instigate more hopeful and solution-driven conversations around this contentious topic. She can connect the important battleground issues happening in the Northwest with how we should approach our energy needs to ensure a reliable and socially equitable renewable energy future.

The Environmental Speaker Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30pm in Academic Instructional Center West, room 204. Join us at WWU or online on Zoom!


Humaira Falkenberg is a medium-dark skinned female with long grey hair. She smiles warmly and wears a blue and plum colored windbreaker.

Humaira Falkenberg, Speaker

Humaira is the Power Resources Manager at Pacific Public Utility District in Washington. She serves as the Vice Chair of Northwest RiverPartners and is an officer of the Public Power Council. She has 20 years of power supply expertise and her passion is centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the energy industry. As a thought leader, she focuses on fair, equitable access to affordable, reliable, clean energy and persistence of energy disparities across race, class, and place-based environmentalism.

Accommodations and Other Details

Contact The Foundation for WWU & Alumni for this event if you have questions or need disability accommodations by calling (360) 650-3353 or emailing Alumni@wwu.edu

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 and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12G by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.