Livable City Year

Livable City Year project

Connecting local communities with UW students and faculty, creating benefits for all.

Livable City Year engages UW faculty and students across multiple disciplines to work on high-priority projects identified by our community partners. We work with communities of all sizes and budgets, and our partnerships can have a broad range of timelines and scopes based on partner needs. Students benefit by tackling real-world challenges. Partner communities benefit from bold and applied ideas that stimulate fresh thinking and support municipal staff.

The LCY program is partnering with the Pacific County Economic Development Council during the 2022–2023 academic year, working on projects to increase community vitality, economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social fairness in Pacific County, Washington. The LCY program has capacity for additional partnerships in 2022–2023 and is accepting applications. Applications are also being accepted for the 2023–2024 academic year. Please contact us at uwlcy@uw.edu to explore further.

We appreciate the opportunity to have worked with the following communities:

  • 2021–2022, City of Federal Way and City of Bainbridge Island
  • 2020–2021, City of Lynnwood and City of Sultan
  • 2019–2020, King County and City of Sultan
  • 2018–2019, City of Bellevue
  • 2017–2018, City of Tacoma
  • 2016–2017, City of Auburn

For more information on how Livable City Year impacts communities and students, watch this student-created video:


Livable City Year is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), an international network of more than 30 educational institutions partnering with local governments and communities to improve quality of life and social wealth for all involved.

Learn more about the EPIC-Network