The Sustainable Cities Partnership (SCP) is a yearlong partnership between Western Washington University’s Office of Sustainability, the Association of Washington Cities (AWC), and one partner city chosen through a competitive application process. 2016-2017 is the inaugural year of the Partnership, and the City of Edmonds was chosen as the first Washington city to participate in the program.
The partnership engages Western Washington University (WWU) students and faculty on sustainability and livability projects chosen in collaboration with the partner city (Edmonds). The SCP faculty and students work through a variety of studio and service learning courses, thus providing students with experience tackling the city’s real-world projects. Many courses/projects will involve fieldwork, so the partner city will typically be within a two-hour drive of Western (Edmonds is within this distance).
Students bring energy, enthusiasm, and innovative approaches to difficult, persistent problems. SCP’s primary value derives from collaborations resulting in on-the-ground impact and forward movement for a community ready to transition to a more sustainable and livable future. AWC will be an active partner in the launch of SCP, helping to solicit partner cities and to communicate the value of this effort to other elected and appointed municipal officials throughout the state. AWC will also help with the ongoing communication needs of the partner city and can help draw upon resources and skills of other entities in the region.
For a list of projects being undertaken during the 2016-2017 WWU academic year please click here (some last a quarter, while others span the entire academic year).