Livable City Year

June 22, 2020

Opportunities for communities to work with UW to address COVID-19

In recognition of the intense needs of local governments around COVID-19 response and recovery, the LCY program has compiled a list of existing UW courses whose faculty and students are seeking to assist local communities in COVID-related projects. Most projects can start in Autumn 2020 — some as early as Summer 2020. The list of…


March 11, 2020

Faculty opportunities for anti-displacement and equitable development projects in Skyway

The Livable City Year program is entering into a new partnership with the King County Department of Local Services and the Office of Councilmember Girmay Zahilay. The focus of the partnership is community needs in Skyway, Washington, in particular anti-displacement and equitable development. At the county’s request, the Livable City Year program is seeking interested…


February 22, 2020

Learn more about our co-directors Jennifer Otten and Branden Born

LCY Co-Directors Jennifer Otten and Branden Born, LCY Program Manager Teri Thomson Randall, and LCY Program Assistant 2018-2019 Michelle Abunaja.

The Whole U featured our co-directors Jennifer Otten and Branden Born for a Faculty Friday spotlight! From the article: Food brings people together. In the case of the academic collaboration between Jennifer Otten and Branden Born, so did food policy. Otten, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and core faculty in the…


February 7, 2020

Livable City Year concludes partnership with City of Bellevue

Crowd at the LCY Bellevue celebration event

The year-long Livable City Year (LCY) partnership between the University of Washington and the City of Bellevue has resulted in 30 completed projects that help advance the City Council Vision, specifically around livability and sustainability. During the 2018-19 academic year, nearly 300 students and 23 faculty from multiple UW campuses and schools collaborated with city staff…


January 14, 2020

University of Washington Livable City Year program partners with the City of Sultan

City of Sultan aerial photo

The University of Washington’s Livable City Year program is partnering with the City of Sultan during the 2019–2020 academic year, marking the program’s first small-city partnership. UW students and faculty will work with City of Sultan staff and community members on projects to improve livability and sustainability in this fast-growing community. The projects are part…


January 6, 2020

UW’s Livable City Year program announces new opportunities for small cities

Recent changes to the University of Washington’s Livable City Year (LCY) program will make it easier for small cities to partner with UW faculty and students on community-based projects. The changes will allow small communities to engage with the university on a manageable scale while ensuring that the overall impact provides lasting benefits to these…


June 4, 2019

Livable City Year celebrates partnership with city of Bellevue

group discussing projects at the LCY/Bellevue celebration event

This year’s Livable City Year partnership with the City of Bellevue mobilized 285 students from a variety of schools and colleges, representing all three UW campuses, to work on 30 projects in the city. The students’ research, findings and recommendations were on display at a celebration at Bellevue City Hall on Monday, June 3. The…


April 10, 2019

LCY Year-end celebration on June 3

LCY-Bellevue banner

LCY Year-End Celebration & Poster Presentation Monday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. Bellevue City Hall Concourse Join us in celebrating the 2018-2019 Livable City Year partnership between the University of Washington and the city of Bellevue! Students, faculty, city leadership, staff and community members are welcome to attend. This event will showcase project done by UW students around…


April 9, 2019

Bellevue named national “Outstanding Community Partner”

In a partnership with the University of Washington expected to generate out-of-the-box solutions to civic challenges, the City of Bellevue has been named Outstanding Community Partner by a national group of universities. All 31 schools in the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) are working together with cities to improve livability and sustainability…


November 9, 2018

Proposals for LCY municipal partnership due Feb. 1, 2019

The University of Washington’s Livable City Year initiative is now accepting proposals from cities, counties, tribes, and special districts interested in partnering with the university for the 2019-2020 academic year. UW Livable City Year (UW LCY) connects University of Washington faculty and students with a municipal partner for a full academic year to work on…


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