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Emerald Corridor Collaboratory


The Emerald Corridor Collaboratory is a regional network between four city-university partnerships in the Pacific Northwest, aimed at developing collaborative solutions for sustainable and resilient cities.

The Emerald Corridor Collaboratory is made up of the following city-university partnerships:

  • Portland, Oregon & Portland State University
  • Vancouver, British Columbia & University of British Columbia
  • Seattle, Washington & University of Washington
  • Bellingham, Washington & Western Washington University

Meaningful city-university partnerships can be effective in combating urban challenges such as sustainability, transportation, homelessness, or planning. Leveraging the strengths of institution and local government, city-university partnerships can save resources and maximize efficiency.

While developing this network, the Emerald Corridor Collaboratory will study the mechanisms involved in creating and maintaining a successful network of backbone organizations (e.g. city-university partnerships). Tools, such as formative evaluation, will be used to inform our process and promote success.

Each city-university partnership is working on projects within their locale. Success of this initiative will be measured based on the strength of the Emerald Corridor Collaboratory network and the outcomes of each project. Results from this study will provide a regional network model that can be expanded to further urban resiliency.

Explore below to learn more about each of the four partnering universities and their collaborators, relevant events and projects, and related resources.

Partners and Collaborators

Each partnering university has multiple persons involved in the Emerald Corridor Collaboratory. A list of these specific university partners, as well as links to their group’s web page, is provided in the sections below.

University Partners

Fletcher Beaudoin
Fletcher Beaudoin
Assistant Director,  Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Portland State University, Portland OR




Jennifer Davison
Jennifer Davison
Program Director, Urban@UW
University of Washington, Seattle WA




Nabil Kamel
Nabil Kamel
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA




Molly Kramer
Molly Baer Kramer
Project Manager, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Portland State University, Portland OR




Lindsey MacDonald
Coordinator, Sustainable Communities Partnership
Office of Sustainability
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA




Angelique Pilon
Angelique Pilon
Director, Urban Innovation Research
University Sustainability Initiative
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC




Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith
Director, Regional and Community Engagement
University Sustainability Initiative
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC




Thaisa Way
Thaisa Way
Professor, Landscape Architecture
Faculty Director, Urban@UW
University of Washington, Seattle WA





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Projects may vary across the region in scope and progress. Below is a list of the Emerald Corridor Collaboratory’s pilot projects and their leads. Project descriptions and progress will be updated through this initiative’s lifetime.


Portland State University & Portland

Project: pending

University LeadsFletcher Beaudoin and Molly Kramer

City PartnersMichele CrimDawn Uchiyama, and Alice Brawley-Chesworth

Description: pending


University of British Columbia & Vancouver

Project: University-City Partnership Assessment

University LeadsAngelique Pilon and Victoria Smith

City PartnersDoug Smith and Brad Badelt

Description: The University of British Columbia is assessing the breadth and depth of partnerships between faculty and the City of Vancouver. Documenting these connections will provide foundational information to identify a key topic areas for longer, more sustained research collaborations. The Emerald Corridor Collaboratory provides and opportunity to assess these partnerships and develop a network mapping of collaborations.


University of Washington & Seattle

Project: LEAP FROG to a Shared Right of Way

University Leads: Thaisa Way

City Partners: Michelle Caulfield, Benjamin de la Pena, David Driskell, Mami Hara

Description: The University of Washington is partnering with the private and public sector to re-imagine the right-of-way in Seattle. New tools and approaches will be utilized by the partnership to provide a project that leapfrogs traditional uses of the right-of-way. Another aspect of the project is to assess the successes and challenges of working in a partnership across the academic, private, and public sectors and whether this model can be leveraged for other projects too.


Western Washington University & Bellingham

Project: Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning

University Leads: Lindsey MacDonald and Nabil Kamel

City PartnersBrian Heinrich and Rick Sepler

Description: Western Washington University is developing a series of courses that will engage students and the Bellingham community in emergency planning and best practices. This course will collect survey data on general preparedness to better understand how the community will be tasked to respond in the case of a large-magnitude earthquake or other significant disaster. This project is being completed in collaboration with the City of Bellingham’s Emergency Manager, and will engage additional City and University staff, as appropriate.


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Upcoming Events

Upcoming events are listed below. Updates to this section will be provided as key event details, such as date and location, are identified.


Winter 2019 Network Meeting

Date: January 28, 2019
Location: Portland, OR


Winter 2019 Core Team Meeting

Date: January 29, 2019
Location: Portland, OR


Spring 2019 Network Meeting

Date: March 15, 2019
Location: Bellingham, WA


Spring 2019 Core Team Meeting

Date: March 16, 2019
Location: Bellingham, WA


Summer 2019 Network Meeting

Date: June 2019 (Day TBD)
Location: Vancouver, BC


Summer 2019 Core Team Meeting

Date: June 2019 (Day TBD)
Location: Vancouver, BC


Fall 2019 Network Meeting

Date: November 12, 2019
Location: Seattle, WA


Fall 2019 Core Team Meeting

Date: November 13, 2019
Location: Seattle, WA

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Past Events

Past events are listed below. When available, links to attendance lists, agendas, meeting minutes are provided as well.


Emerald Corridor Collaboratory: Launch Event

Date: June 4 – 5, 2018
Location: University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Fall 2018 Core Team Meeting

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Location: Seattle, WA (Bullitt Center Building)


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Related Resources

Relevant articles, reports, and research papers provide direction for this collaboration and individual projects. Below is a list of some of many resources that are relevant to this initiative:

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