Community Engagement Core

UW SRP volunteers help build a green wall in the rain
UW SRP trainee Megumi Matsushita and friends help build a green wall to mitigate
pollution in the Duwamish Valley's Georgetown neighborhood.


UW SRP's Community Engagement Core builds capacity and connections


The Community Engagement Core (CEC) is a key integrating element in the University of Washington Superfund Research Program. The Core assists UW SRP investigators and other staff in building bi-directional relationships with community organizations and agencies involved in hazardous waste site contamination and cleanup. The CEC works with community stakeholders and federal, state and local agencies to develop intervention strategies to reduce community exposures to hazardous substances in order to improve public health. The CEC works with many community partners througout EPA Region 10. A list of current community partners is below.

Two teens from DRCC's youth corps in the UW SRP lab
Students from the Duwamish
River Cleanup Coalition's Youth
Corps visit the UW SRP labs.

UW SRP Community Partners:

Current Projects

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Educational Webinars

The CEC partners with the Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition to identify topics of interest to community-based organizations working to protect their communities from hazardous waste hazards and promote effective cleanups. We host quarterly Webinars available to the public on selected topics.

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Chinook salmon swimming underwater

Fish Consumption 

The CEC helps communities at sites with fish consumption advisories understand the risks and benefits of contaminated seafood. We conduct research on questions of community interest and partner with affected communities to develop educational materials in a variety of formats and languages.

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The River That Made Seattle

Community Engagement Manager BJ Cummings is author of The River That Made Seattle: A Human and Natural History of the Duwamish (UW Press 2020). The CEC is co-hosting a series of public talks featuring river history, a virtual river tour, and guest panelists from the river's native and immigrant communities.

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Community Engagement Manager: BJ Cummings, MAPhoto of BJ Cummings

Phone: 206-458-0284


CEC Director: Thomas Burbacher, PhDPhoto of Tom Burbacher

Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Phone: 206-685-1862