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UW Earthlab Announces 2024-25 Innovation Grants Projects: JC3 and Collaborators Chosen for Feasibility Report in South Park for Biodigester

EarthLab has announced that five community-centered teams have been selected for the 2024-25 Innovation Grants program. The UW // LA department’s own Catherine De Almeida (Associate Professor) will be the Principal Investigator on one of the chosen teams, along with Graduate Student Assistant Sarah Chu (MLA ’25). Each team will receive $80,000 to research and develop new and actionable knowledge on community-driven projects at the intersection of climate change and social justice. To date, EarthLab has awarded nearly two million dollars in Innovation Grant funding to 29 transdisciplinary teams across five cohorts.

PAC Spring Lecture: Chelina Odbert

Join us on Wednesday, May 8th from 6:30-8p in Arch Hall 147!
Chelina Odbert, the co-founder and CEO of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), will explore her path from design school to the inception of a global, mission-driven planning and design practice. She believes in the power of community-engaged design to advance racial, environmental, and economic equity in neighborhoods and cities. Through a series of KDI projects, she will demonstrate how planning and design can and should be tools of equity, justice, and inclusion.

Just Circular Communities

Just Circular Communities (JCC) is an interdisciplinary collaborative that seeks to envision and implement localized, regenerative, and community-driven circular systems for a Just Transition – by, with, and for Frontline communities. At the University of Washington, College of Built Environments, students have engaged with JCC topics through Participatory Action Research and Service-Learning design studios. Led by Associate Professor Catherine De Almeida, landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning students have participated in community-engaged design activities to explore the development of the…