Here’s your monthly dose of Parkscriptions articles and resources. This month we are focused on the research that is happening in Seattle at University of Washington, with the support of REI.
Progress Report Pilot, Season 2
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A Dose of the Outdoors REI Coop
REI is an active investor in the growing body of research establishing the link between health and nature. REI announced it’s investing $1 million to support the launch of a new initiative within the University of Washington’s EarthLab that will study the link between human health and time spent outdoors.
REI Gives $1 Million to Study Benefits of Nature, Boost #OutsideForAll Adventure Journal By Justin Housman
For the past few years, REI has shut down its entire business for Black Friday. The company gives its employees the day off, keeps it brick and mortar doors closed, and even flips over the “closed” sign on its website. All part of the #OptOutsidecampaign to emphasize, well, getting the hell out from behind a screen or work in whatever fashion and spending time in the big wide outdoors.
This year, REI is adding a new wrinkle to #OptOutside by partnering with the University of Washington to the tune of a $1 million donation to a new academic initiative called “Nature for Health.” The idea is to build a mountain of data surrounding the health benefits of living a life outside, while also digging deeper into the demographics of the outside community to figure out how to increase access to green spaces and public lands to people who don’t traditionally make a lot of use of those spaces.
“There’s a big opportunity for us to move from anecdote to facts,” Jerry Stritzke, CEO of REI told Adventure Journal.
A dose of nature: New UW initiative to spearhead research on health benefits of time outside UW News Michelle Ma
Time spent in nature can reduce anxiety and help you sleep better at night, experts have found. It also offers promising benefits for a range of health issues, including cardiovascular disease, depression and obesity.
Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell brings leadership to UW community, new EarthLab initiative UW EarthLab
Sally Jewell has walked the halls of the White House and cared for a fifth of all U.S. land. She has practiced diplomacy at boardroom tables and leadership at one of the nation’s most successful outdoor retail companies. She has climbed Mount Rainier seven times. Now, Jewell brings a lifetime of experience in business, nonprofits, government and the outdoors to the University of Washington, where one of her tasks is to help shape the future of EarthLab, a new university-wide institute that seeks to connect scholars with community partners to solve our most difficult environmental problems.
From REI Coop Journal:
As Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth promotes outdoor recreation and brings community together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. His decades of extensive event production, marketing and writing experience propel this passion. You might bump into him and his daughter Violet while they’re biking, hiking, paddling or skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.