Livable City Year

November 14, 2017

2018-2019 Municipal Partner Request for Proposal

LCY_wrappedThe University of Washington’s Livable City Year initiative is now accepting proposals from cities, counties, tribes, special districts and regional partnerships to be the municipal partner host for the 2018-2019 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 projects fostering livability and sustainability. The municipal partner will identify a selection of projects in their community that could be addressed by UW LCY courses. Areas of focus include environmental sustainability; economic viability; population health; and social equity, inclusion and access.

Municipal partners will benefit from tens of thousands of hours of research and study by UW students and faculty members across a variety of disciplines. Partners provide financial support and staff time to support the program. The full details can be found in Request for Proposal document. Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2018.

The UW LCY program launched in Fall 2016 with the City of Auburn as the inaugural municipal partner, and is partnering with the City of Tacoma for the 2017-2018 academic year. University of Washington students and faculty worked on 17 projects during the initial year, and are on track to expand to around 30 projects this year in Tacoma. Students working on each project deliver reports and recommendations for city leadership.

The UW LCY program will host a live webinar on Dec. 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. for interested communities to discuss the program and the proposal process. Register here to participate in the webinar.

For more information, contact Livable City Year at or visit our website LCY.UW.EDU. Members of the LCY team can visit Interested municipalities for on-site presentations on request.

The full Request for Proposal document is available below as a PDF document. Interested municipal partners can see this sample list of projects proposed by our current partner, the City of Tacoma.

See full RFP

Webinar details

The UW’s Livable City Year program is led by faculty directors Branden Born with the Department of Urban Design and PlanningJennifer Otten with the School of Public Health, and Anne Taufen Wessells of UW Tacoma Urban Studies. The program launched in 2016 in collaboration with with UW Sustainability and Urban@UW, with foundational support from the UW College of Built Environments, the Department of Urban Design and PlanningUW Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Association of Washington Cities.