Green Fire, A 40 Year History of Huxley College

William Dietrich talks about the development of Green Fire at the launch last week.

William Dietrich left, myself and Huxley Dean, Brad Smith.

William Dietrich left, myself and Huxley Dean, Brad Smith.

My profile in Green Fire

Last month Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington launched their first 40 year history book, Green Fire. The book is beautifully written by Pulitzer Prize winner, William Dietrich and Huxley College students. I was honored to be one of the 40 out of 4000 graduates profiled in the book. Each profiled alumni had a unique interesting career path since graduation.  The Mayor of Bellingham, also a Huxley graduate, attended the launch at Village Books and was profiled in the 177 page book along with one of the top ten climbers in the world, Director of Seatac Airport, powerful attorneys and other environmental leaders and professionals.

In 1969 Huxley College was established at Western Washington University and educated some of our nation’s environmental heroes and leading environmental professionals. The environmental movement and milestones from the 1970’s into the 21st century is highlighted throughout. The book is complete with great archival photos and fun student photos from the 70’s.

About the Author:

William Dietrich won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting on the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1987–88) and won National Science Foundation fellowships to Antarctica in 1994 and 1996. He has written fifteen novels and non-fiction books including, Napoleon’s Pyramids, The Rosetta Key, The Dakota Cipher, and The Barbary Pirates. Copies of Green Fire can be purchased through Village Books or Huxley College through Manca Valum at 360.650.6542, email All proceeds from the book go back to Huxley College.