Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.52
Liaison Seth Vidana
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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Western Washington University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Seth Vidaña
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Sustainable Communities Partnerships

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

Western’s SCP program focuses the energy and ideas of faculty and students upon the issues that cities face as our society transitions to a more sustainable future. SCP partners with one community each academic year, facilitating a program in which many Western courses complete service-learning projects that address problems identified by the partner.

In the 2016—2017 academic year, SCP will partner with the City of Edmonds, WA. Eleven courses will be engaged in efforts to deal with specific issues faced by the City:

Ecological Restoration (ESCI 470, fall 2016) will recommend methods by which Edmonds can minimize stormwater impacts upon the Edmonds Marsh. Retrieve the report.
Campus Sustainability Planning Studio (ENVS 471, fall 2016) will research the means by which Edmonds might best handle food waste and construction waste. Retrieve the report.
Public Relations Research and Campaigns (JOUR 440, fall 2016) will help Edmonds promote a downtown cultural/arts corridor. Retrieve the report.
Computer Science Capstone (CSCI 491, fall 2016) will develop a mobile app that attracts visitors to Edmonds and informs them of attractions and events.
Science and Management of Contaminated Sites (ESCI 453 & 454, winter & spring 2017) will evaluate environmental risks associated with a land parcel that Edmonds might soon acquire.
Recreation Programming (RECR 373, winter 2017) will help Edmonds chart a path toward participation in the “Playful City USA” program, which seeks to promote the health of our nation’s youth.
Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning (ENVS 476, spring 2017) will analyze the impacts of rising sea level on Edmonds.
Advanced Spatial Analytics (ENVS 422, spring 2017) will use GIS to modernize management of the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery.
Greening Business Applications (MGMT 466, spring 2017) will help develop the fledgling Green Business Pledge program in Edmonds.
Participatory Action Research (ANTH 454, spring 2017) will perform an assessment of walkability within a region adjacent to the Edmonds downtown core.


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Curriculum
Research
Public Engagement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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