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The Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) program focuses the energy and ideas of faculty and students upon the issues that communities face as our society transitions to a more sustainable future, facilitating a program in which Western students complete community-engaged learning projects to address problems identified by the partner.

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Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) is seeking faculty interested in tackling real-world challenges within our local communities!

Why do Faculty Engage in SCP Projects?

SCP projects allow faculty to engage with local communities, share their skills and expertise, and support students as they get hands-on experience through their coursework. Faculty receive small stipends for their commitment to an SCP project.

How do Faculty Engage in SCP Projects?

  1. Fill out this form to let the SCP staff team know about your areas of interest.
  2. SCP staff will reach out to find a time to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership.

What are the Expectations for Faculty Engaged in SCP Projects?

  1. You will work with SCP staff to create a short project description.
  2. You will work directly with community partners to develop a refined scope for your work document prior to the start of your class.
  3. You will check-in with community partners and your student team(s) to ensure the student team is headed in the right direction during the project.
  4. You will provide content review and final editing on project deliverables. Your name will be listed on the publicly available projects.

What Types of Projects Does SCP Engage In?

The list is growing each year! We’ve engaged in projects relating to planning, economics, disaster preparedness, engineering, geography, business, journalism, and more. We are especially interested in projects relating to climate change.

Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor and Academic Program Director of Huxley on the Peninsulas
Projects
  • City of Bainbridge Island: Shoreline Management Methodology and Data Collection Internships (2)
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Walkability Assessment (ANTH 454) 
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Playful City (RECR 372)
Projects
  • City of Arlington: Downtown Corridor Plan: Studio I (ENVS 470)
     
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Edmonds Memorial Cemetery Mapping (Internship, Student Field Crew and ENVS 422)
  • City of Stanwood: Field Data Collection (Student Field Crew)
  • City of Stanwood: Public Outreach to Floodplain Residents and GIS Tools Development (Internship)
Wilder Distinguished Professor of Business and Sustainability

Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Greening Business Applications (MGMT 466) 
     
Associate Professor, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Playful City (RECR 372)
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Edmonds Marsh (ESCI 470)
Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Journalism
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: 4th Avenue Promotion (JOUR 440)
Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering
Projects
  • City of Bainbridge Island: Shoreline Management Data Analysis (BIOL 340)
Associate Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • Skagit County: Setbacks Reform (ENVS 397J)
  • City of Monroe: US 2 By-Pass Community Engagement (ENVS 475)
  • City of Ferndale: Downtown Design Regulation Revision (ENVS 374)
  • City of Ferndale: City Center Urban Design Plan: Studio III (ENVS 473)
  • City of Arlington: (1) Centennial Trail Connections and (2) Housing and Business Mix (ENVS 475)
  • City of Monroe: US 2 By-Pass Environmental Impact Assessment (ENVS 493)
  • City of Arlington: Mainstreet America Independent Study (Internship)
  • City of Arlington: Downtown Design Standards (ENVS 374)
  • City of Arlington: Downtown Corridor Plan: Studio III (ENVS 473)
  • Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District: Parks Public Participation Campaign (ENVS 475)
  • Whatcom County: Climate Planning and Jurisdictional Coordination (ENVS 374)
Sustainable Communities Partnership Coordinator
Projects
  • Skagit County: Outreach to hoarders (ENVS 471)
Director, College of Business and Economics
Projects
  • City of Stanwood: Financial Study (CEBR)
Professor, Hydrogeology, Watershed hydrology, Engineering geology, and Numerical modeling

Projects
  • Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District: Comprehensive Plan Development Internship
  • Skagit County: Rainwater Catchment Design Template (Internship)
Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • Skagit County: Clean Samish Initiative (ENVS 588) 
Associate Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Sea-level Rise Mitigation Planning (ENVS 476)
  • City of Stanwood: Developing Baseline Knowledge of Natural Hazards (ENVS 372)
  • City of Stanwood: Impacts Analysis of NFIP Program (ENVS 476)
  • City of Bellingham: Disaster Preparedness Survey (ENVS 476)
Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Stella’s Landing Assessment (ESCI 453 & 454)
Associate Professor, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • City of Monroe: US 2 By-Pass Transportation Analysis (ENVS 373)
Resilience Institute, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • City of Stanwood: GIS Tools for Flood Planning Internship
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Edmonds Marsh (ESCI 470)
Climate and Energy Manager, City of Bellingham
Projects
  • City of Edmonds: Zero Waste & Food Waste (ENVS 471)
  • Skagit County: Solid Waste Program Outreach (ENVS 471)
Habitat Biologist, Project Manager, GIS Analyst, Instructor
Projects
  • Skagit County: Edison Community Planning (ENVS 472)
Professor, Urban Planning, Huxley College of the Environment
Projects
  • City of Ferndale: City Center Urban Design Plan: Studio II (ENVS 472)
  • City of Arlington: Downtown Corridor Plan: Studio II (ENVS 472)