When University of Washington faculty members Dan Schwartz and Kate Simonen face off in a KUOW debate this week, they will assume opposing sides on an issue both feel passionately — and similarly — about: reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The difference between them lies in the deadline: What should Washington aim for, right now?
On March 11, KUOW’s That’s Debatable will highlight a goal, based on the state’s own policies and recommendations — “Washington State Can Decarbonize in a Decade” — and feature Schwartz, Simonen, and local youth activists Julia Barnett and Sarah Starman. The event will be broadcast live from the KUOW studios at 7 p.m. The event was originally scheduled before a live audience at Seattle University but was relocated due to public health guidance regarding large gatherings.
Simonen, upcoming chair of the University of Washington Department of Architecture and director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, focuses on building materials and the carbon emissions of a building over its lifetime.