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.
UW SRP Community Partners:
- Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (Lower Duwamish Waterway Site CAG)
- Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
- Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS)
- The Duwamish Tribe
- Green River Coalition
- Georgetown Community Council
- South Park Neighborhood Association
- Juntos Podemos Cuidar Nuestro Rio Duwamish
- Just Health Action
- Northwest Toxic Communities Coalition (NWTCC)
- Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (Portland Harbor Site CAG)
- Olympic Environmental Council (Rayonier Mill Site)
- Silver Valley Community Resource Center (Bunker Hill/Coeur d’Alene Basin Site)
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.
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.
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.
Community Engagement Manager: BJ Cummings, MA
CEC Director: Thomas Burbacher, PhD
Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences