Lindsey MacDonald, Program Coordinator
Office Hours: 9:00-12:00 Monday – Wednesday, Friday
Seth Vidana, Office of Sustainability Manager, Sustainable Communities Partnership Co-Director
Grace Wang, Associate Professor, Sustainable Communities Partnership Co-Director
Phone: (360) 650-3278
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2017-2018 Partners: 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.
- Rainwater Catchment Design Template:
(fall, winter 2017/2018) An intern worked with Dr. Robert Mitchell, a licensed hydrogeologist, to develop a rainwater catchment template design and guidance materials for homeowners.
- Setback Reform:
(ENVS 397J, winter 2018) The students in Dr. Tammi Laninga’s course, Land Use Regulations, researched other jurisdictions’ handling of setbacks for private roads and drafted changes to a county code.
- Public Opinion Survey:
(intern, 2017-2018) Dr. Grace Wang worked with an intern to execute a public opinion survey designed to understand the true degree of support for various land use policy issues in the County.
- Clean Samish Initiative:
(ENVS 588, fall 2017) This initiative is an effort to reduce water pollution that results in the closure of shellfish harvest in Samish Bay. In Assessment, Evaluation and Research in Environmental Education, a course taught by Dr. Gene Myers, a student project team researched strategies for motivating and sustaining behavioral change to support this initiative.
- Locating Septic Systems:
(intern, 2017-2018) By utilizing existing data and reaching out to landowners, an intern worked with Dr. Aquila Flower to identify the existence and location of septic systems around the county.
- Solid Waste Outreach:
(ENVS 471, fall 2017) Students in Seth Vidana’s course, Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, developed an outreach program and set of recommendations related to recycling in multi-family housing complexes, food waste reduction and/or reusing/recycling of nontraditional items like clothing.
- Edison Community Plan:
(ENVS 470, fall 2018; ENVS 472 winter 2018; ENVS 47s spring 2018) Under the guidance of Dr. Nick Zaferatos and Dr. Tammi Laninga, students wrote a community plan for Edison. The plan is based on community concerns and current needs.
- Outreach for Private Land Cleanup:
(ENVS 471, spring 2018) Students in Seth Vidana’s course, Campus Sustainability Planning Studio, addressed the largest code enforcement issue in the county, collections of obsolete machinery, car parts, appliances, and more that accumulate in outdoor spaces. The students wrote a report that included approaches taken elsewhere, recommendations for Skagit County, and outreach materials for use.
City Of Stanwood
- GIS Tools:
(intern, 2017-2018) A GIS intern collected and integrated data to develop a web-based data-visualization tool. This tool allows city staff and the general public to view data relevant for flood planning by parcel/structure.
- Baseline Knowledge:
(ENVS 372, fall 2017) The students in Dr. Rebekah Paci-Green’s Natural Hazards Planning course created a website that displays results of a “SafeGrowth Audit” that revealed discrepancies between Stanwood’s Growth Management Act Comprehensive Plan and its Hazard Mitigation Plan.
- Field Effort:
(students, 2017) Under the direction of past SCP Coordinator, David Davidson, a field crew of students used surveyor’s instruments to measure the elevation of the ground floor of every building in West Stanwood. They gathered information about the size and type of each building’s foundation and performed some face-to-face interviews.
- Financial Study:
(College of Business and Economics, winter 2018) Using data collected by the student field crew, Western’s Center for Economic & Business Research collaborated with a local contractor to determine a rough cost estimate for flood proofing measures around the city.
- Analysis of Impacts:
(ENVS 476, spring 2018) Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning Studio students prepared a written report that assembled all of the above work in a way deemed useful by City of Stanwood staff. The course is taught by Dr. Rebekah Paci-Green.