Austin Schuver ’17Austin Schuver ’17Many current environmental and cultural trends can be traced to our relationships with one of the planet’s most important, and most often overlooked, resources: water.

On Tuesday, Feb. 2, at College of the Atlantic’s Human Ecology Forum, Austin Schuver ’17, will reflect on his work with water, his Western Washington nonprofit Spring to the Tap, and the value of taking a social approach to environmental issues. The talk takes place at 4:10 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues

Heavily integrating his interest in photography and social psychology, Schuver will utilize more than four years of experience managing Spring to the Tap to present current tragedies regarding water, and how they underscore the social challenges of creating positive environmental change, even in our own backyard.

“Although the title of this forum may sound boring, I can assure you that this visuals-laden discussion about the reflexivity of water issues is nothing short of amazing,” Schuver said.

Spring to the Tap

Schuver grew up in the small rural city of Enumclaw, Washington. This is where the efforts of Spring to the Tap, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that he started coming out of middle school, have been focused to work towards a future with clean, accessible, and sustainable water for all. In his free time Schuver also enjoys playing sports, hiking, bird watching, and taking photographs. This is his first year at College of the Atlantic, coming in as a transfer student expected to graduate in 2017.

The Human Ecology Forum is a weekly speaker series based on the work of the academic community, which also draws on artists, poets, political and religious leaders from around the world. The forum is open to the public and meets Tuesdays at 4:10 during the school term in the McCormick Lecture Hall.