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Emerald Corridor Collaboratory

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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
beaudoin@pdx.edu

 

 

 

Jennifer Davison
Jennifer Davison
Program Director, Urban@UW
University of Washington, Seattle WA
jnfrdvsn@uw.edu

 

 

 

Nabil Kamel
Nabil Kamel
Associate Professor, Environmental Studies
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
nabil.kamel@wwu.edu

 

 

 

Molly Kramer
Molly Baer Kramer
Project Manager, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Portland State University, Portland OR
mokramer@pdx.edu

 

 

 


Lindsey MacDonald
Coordinator, Sustainable Communities Partnership
Office of Sustainability
Western Washington University, Bellingham WA
lindsey.macdonald@wwu.edu

 

 

 

Angelique Pilon
Angelique Pilon
Director, Urban Innovation Research
University Sustainability Initiative
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
angelique.pilon@ubc.ca

 

 

 

Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith
Director, Regional and Community Engagement
University Sustainability Initiative
University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
victoria.smith@ubc.ca

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Collaborators

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Projects


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: Cross-Evaluation of Three Concurrent Projects

University LeadsFletcher Beaudoin, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, PSU; and Molly Baer KramerInstitute for Sustainable Solutions, PSU

City PartnersMichele Crim, City of PortlandDawn Uchiyama, City of Portland; and Alice Brawley-ChesworthCity of Portland

Description: Portland State University will conduct a meta-analysis of three ongoing, existing projects: developing a city-wide green infrastructure vision and strategy, updating the city’s Climate Action Plan, and creating systems to strengthen the city’s ability to prepare for and recover from natural disasters. We will evaluate all three projects simultaneously at different points over the next several months with an eye toward finding syntheses between the disparate projects that can help to aid or augment their success.

 

University of British Columbia & Vancouver

Project: University-City Partnership Assessment

University LeadsAngelique Pilon, Sustainability Initiative, UBC; and Victoria Smith, Sustainability Initiative, UBC

City PartnersDoug Smith, City of Vancouver; and Brad Badelt, City of Vancouver

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

Project Leads: Thaisa Way, Urban@UW; A-P Hurd, SkipStone; and Barbara Swift, Swift Company

Project Partners: Rachel Berney,  Michelle Caulfield, Benjamin de la Pena, David Driskell, Mami Hara, Jonathan Hopkins, Julie Johnson

Description: The University of Washington is partnering with the private, public and non-profit sectors to re-imagine the right of way in Seattle. New tools and approaches will be utilized by the partnership to develop a project that “leapfrogs” traditional uses of the right of way. The team will also assess the successes and challenges of working in a partnership across sectors, and how this model can be leveraged for other projects.

 

Project: Green Enough is Not Good Enough: Building Community Resilience

Project Leads: Thaisa Way, Urban@UW; Terryl Ross, College of the Environment, UW; Ken Yocom, College of Built Environments, UW

Project Partners: Jessica Finn Coven, Office of Sustainability and Environment; Selam Misgano, Othello-UW Commons; Fatema Masswood, MLA Program, College of Built Environments, UW

Description: The University of Washington is partnering with the Office of Sustainability and Environment to re-imagine how we strengthen community resilience in the face of gentrification and expanding impacts of urban growth through green infrastructure including parks and improvements in the public realm. This project will include a Spring Workshop to share the efforts of local communities including Othello as well as those leading equity-grounded community resilient projects in other cities

 

Western Washington University & Bellingham

Project: Disaster Preparedness Planning

University Leads: Lindsey MacDonald, Western Sustainability, WWU; and Rebekah Paci-Green, Department of Environmental Studies, WWU

City PartnersBrian Heinrich, City of BellinghamRick Sepler, City of Bellingham; and Lynn Sterbenz, City of Bellingham

Description: Western Washington University will begin assessing local disaster preparedness in Bellingham over the next several years. Every year students in a spring quarter course on disaster risk reduction planning will survey residents about their individual, household and community preparedness. Students will also examine the local preparedness of specific neighborhoods, groups, and service providers. As the project progresses, the data they collect will be used to improve community outreach and preparedness for earthquakes, storms and other significant disasters. 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. Plans to coordinate with Whatcom County Emergency Management on a countywide survey are also under consideration.

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Spring 2019 Core Meeting

Date: March 15, 2019
Location: Bellingham, WA

 

Winter 2019 Network Meeting

Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Location: Portland State University – Portland, OR

 

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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