2021

COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 Pandemic forces classes, governance, and even Happy Hour online. Students respond by hosting a CEP Food Drive, creating a CEP Bingo of online community-building activities, and supporting one another through Zoom chat.

2020

CEP Food Drive

CEP students collected virtual donations and donations at stores around Seattle to donate to the UW Food Pantry.

2019

    Last In-Person Fall Retreat

    The last full-major event before the COVID-19 pandemic. Lots of coffee cake was eaten, talents shared, and mushrooms identified. Click through the whole gallery below.

    2015
    CEP turns 21!

    CEP turns 21!

    CEP marks its 21st birthday with an exhibit in Gould Hall and a CEP Turns 21 celebration. The celebration reunites the more than 500 CEP alumni and inspires new energy for the future of the major. The full gallery can be found at our Facebook Page.

    2013

    New Mission Statement and Core Values

    Students agree by consensus to a new mission statement and set of core values. The new values are Practice, Intentionality, Personal Formation, Stewardship, and Communal Learning.

    2012

    Evaluation of Grading Policy

    After years of deliberation, CEP students modify the distinguishing assessment structure of the major, introducing, for the first time, the ability to be graded on the traditional 4.0 scale in core CEP courses rather than receiving credit/no credit and narrative evaluations. Students also vote to provide credit for Governance participation.

    2012

    Students establish a relationship with the Beacon Hill Food Forest and participate in work parties throughout the year. “The importance of diversity”, “environmental consciousness and stewardship”, and “social justice” are newly included in the Plumb Manual. ISP Support Fund is established.

    2011
    Wayfinding Solutions in the Des Moines Marina District

    Wayfinding Solutions in the Des Moines Marina District

    A team of students develops a series of wayfinding solutions to address connectivity issues in the Des Moines Marina District.

    2011

    Responsive Neighborhood Greenway Research

    A team of CEP students worked for the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, researching and planning a feasible neighborhood greenway responsive to future transit needs.  

    2011

    Passing the Torch Becomes Literal

    Passing the torch from one cohort to the next becomes literal with a real torch that has continued to be passed down from cohort to cohort.    

    2011

    Migration to Digital Portfolios

    The Migration to Digital Portfolios: CEP Senior Portfolios, a capstone requirement illustrating and synthesizing each student’s educational path, moves from its traditional physical format to an online, dynamic format.

    2010

    2010

    Students in CEP collaborate with students in other UW programs as part of the UW Student Food Co-op to push for the creation of a student-run cooperative cafe on the UW campus.

    2008

    Students present research findings regarding housing affordability in Ballard to the Neighborhood District Council, calling for increased dialogue with and participation from residents.

    2008

    Budget Crisis

    The recession urges students to investigate ways to use the CEP structure to improve job skills and readiness. State budget cuts prompt the Department of Urban Design and Planning to conduct a multi-year review of the CEP program. In 2011, the UDP faculty reaffirm its commitment to undergraduate planning education..Read More

    2005

    2005

    CEP students establish a two-year partnership with the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment to conduct an Environmental Equity Survey on Seattle neighborhoods. Results are presented to Seattle City managers.

    2005
    CEP Name Change

    CEP Name Change

    CEP changes its name to Community, Environment, and Planning to distinguish itself from the specific field of environmental planning.

    2004

    10 Years and Counting… On Each Other

    CEP celebrates its first 10 years at 10 Years and Counting… On Each Other- a celebration of excellence and innovation in undergraduate planning education.

    2003
    University District Mural

    University District Mural

    As part of a junior project, a group of students worked with homeless youth to paint a mural behind University Methodist Church on 42nd and 15th. This project and two others involving the history of University Ave and a facade Improvement plan are presented to the community at the University..Read More

    2002

    2002

    CEP maintains a plot at the University District’s community garden P-Patch, giving students a valuable co-working service-learning experience. CEP students also advocate for housing policy that fights homelessness, declaring November Housing, Homelessness, and Hunger month. CEP students bring together local activists and planners for a college-wide panel discussion on housing..Read More

    2001

    First Senior Project Night

    CEP hosts its first Senior Project Night, an annual event in which all students present their senior project work to an audience of professionals, alumni, students, and friends.

    2001

    The CEP program forms a relationship with students in Port Elizabeth South Africa. In 2002 a group of students, called the Planning Corps, travel to Port Elizabeth to discuss urban planning topics related to both regions. CEP begins a three-year experiment with Junior projects in an attempt to integrate student..Read More

    2000

    First Strategic Plan

    CEP creates its first Strategic Plan and begins an ongoing two-year planning cycle. The strategic plan refines the CEP mission and vision, builds continuity, and helps the major reach its long-term goals.

    2000

    Creation of Stewards Council

    CEP created the Stewards Council, comprised of alumni, students, and community members. The Council’s mission is to support the program by providing continuity, experience, vision, and new resources.

    1999
    Recognition from the University

    Recognition from the University

    “I wish every element of our great university was as swiftly responsive to new learning opportunities as the students and faculty of this program” — Richard McCormick, President of the UW. CEP receives UW’s first Brotman Award for Instructional Excellence in Undergraduate Education for outstanding collaborative achievement in teaching and..Read More

    1997
    Growth of Program

    Growth of Program

    CEP doubles its size to 34 students in two cohorts.

    1997

    Programmatic Review

    CEP students, staff, and faculty conduct the first significant review of the major. The review identifies several strengths as well as areas requiring additional focus. These include Program Identity, Student Responsibility, and Program Evaluation.

    1996
    First Graduating Class of CEPsters

    First Graduating Class of CEPsters

    The unofficial name of the founding class of 16 was “The Pioneers.” The major was initially called Community and Environmental Planning.

    1995
    CEP Tree Logo Created

    CEP Tree Logo Created

    CEP tree logo created in 1995 by Ruth Richards.

    1993
    First Colloquium

    First Colloquium

    12 students, called “The Founders” were involved in designing the colloquium that was then developed into the CEP major.