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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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We are interested in partnering with many types of local communities, which include, but are not limited to: cities, counties, tribal governments, transportation authorities, conservation districts, or port authorities. Please contact us if you have questions about qualifying for the program.

Past Partners

Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District

For the 2020/2021 academic year, SCP is partnering with the Columbia Valley Park and Recreation District. Through this partnership, students from the WWU course ENVS 475 ‘Community Engagement and Participatory Methods’, taught by Dr. Tammi Laninga, and an additional graduate student will draft a Comprehensive Park Plan and engage the Columbia Valley community in a public participation campaign for the District.

Whatcom County

For the 2020/2021 academic year, SCP will assist Whatcom County with the implementation of coordinated climate change policy across the jurisdictional landscape. Through this partnership, SCP and Whatcom County intend to support the Small Cities of Whatcom County with incorporation of climate change goals, objectives, and policies into their comprehensive planning process. One WWU graduate student intern and Tammi Laninga’s WWU course, ENVS 374: Land Use Regulation, will engage in this partnership.

City of Arlington

Over the 2019/2020 academic year, SCP partnered with the city of Arlington. Five courses engaged in projects to support the City in visioning for the future of the Arlington downtown area.

City of Bainbridge Island

Over summer 2019 and the 2019/2020 academic year, two WWU interns worked with the city of Bainbridge Island to compile recommended methods for shoreline monitoring and to collect a baseline set of data using those methods. A WWU statistics course analyzed the baseline set of data.

City of Monroe, City of Bellingham, and City of Ferndale

In the 2018-2019 academic year, SCP partnered with City of Monroe, City of Bellingham, and City of Ferndale.

Skagit County and City of Stanwood

In the 2017-2018 academic year, SCP partnered with Skagit County and City of Stanwood. Eight courses and four internships engaged in efforts to address sustainability needs expressed by the city and county.

City of Edmonds

In the 2016-2017 academic year, SCP partnered with City of Edmonds. Eleven courses engaged in efforts to address sustainability challenges faced by the city.

 

Visit the Projects page to see all completed projects and reports