When classroom meets community, sustainability takes on a new dimension. AWC CQC helped launch Western Washington University’s Sustainable Communities Partnership and the University of Washington’s Livable City Year, matching students with city-wide sustainability projects. Based on the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative, the WWU and UW programs bring together students from interdisciplinary courses and relevant city programs, giving students hundreds of hours of real-life experience and providing cities with cutting edge technical assistance and creative thinking.

WWU’s Sustainable Communities Partnership with Edmonds takes on:

  • Stormwater impacts on marsh lands
  • Food and construction waste
  • Downtown cultural/arts corridor promotion
  • Development of a mobile app for visitors
  • Evaluation of environmental risks associated with a land parcel city considering purchasing
  • How to participate in “Playful City USA” program
  • Analysis of impacts of rising sea levels
  • Green Business Pledge program start-up
  • Assessment of walkability adjacent to downtown core

UW’s Livable City Year with Auburn tackles:

  • Comprehensive plan connectivity element, connecting the city physically, socially, culturally and economically
  • Community placemaking
  • Business-to-business collaboration
  • Assessment of recommendations from city’s homelessness task force
  • Homelessness assessment
  • Assembling Tools to monitor housing stock
  • Sewer wastewater discharge behavior
  • Pet waste
  • Cultural/neighborhood mapping
  • Marketing/awareness of city values

Both programs, and AWC CQC are recruiting for the next round of city participants.