UW recognized for commitment to community engagement, CIG resources cited in assessment

The Carnegie Foundation recently announced that the University of Washington (UW), home of the Climate Impacts Group, is a new recipient of its 2020 Community Engagement Classification. The Community Engagement classification recognizes institutions that have deep partnerships with local communities to enrich scholarship, teaching and learning; strengthen democracy and civic society; and advance the public good. The Carnegie application involved assessments across each of the UW’s three campuses, which identified hundreds of examples of community-university partnerships.

The Climate Impacts Group’s Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources are one great example of the wide-ranging commitment to community engagement that this classification represents. The Tribal Vulnerability Assessment Resources, funded by the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the Great Basin LCC, were designed to foster tribal capacity for assessing climate risks to natural and cultural resources by providing guidance and data tailored to the needs and priorities of Northwest and Great Basin tribes. This project was highly intentional, involving work with many entities and stakeholders, and was deeply iterative. The Climate Impacts Group is proud to be part of the University of Washington, where commitment to public engagement and community impacts is celebrated and encouraged.