Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

Application Deadline: October 31, 2021

The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture awards $5,000 per application cycle to one student enrolled in a college/university graduate-level program pursuing a degree in landscape architecture. Eligibility is open to U.S. citizens and resident aliens.

Applicant must demonstrate involvement in an experiential learning project (research, project, plan, or other direct impact/benefit) to a recognized Association member public garden, botanic garden, arboretum or other closely aligned public horticulture institution in the U.S.

  • Project must be coordinated between student, public garden project advisor, and college/university academic or faculty advisor
  • Fellowship recipients are responsible to secure/confirm the ability to conduct the project and/or utilize the garden(s) where it will be undertaken.
  • The project does not need to end before the term of the Fellowship but must begin to occur after the awardee is named.
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Showcasing Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation: Experiences from the Water Sector to Empower Other Sectors and Communities

An Eight-Part Webinar Series Hosted by: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), The Water Research Foundation (WRF), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

November 2021 – February 2022

Climate change is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. This webinar series, sponsored jointly by NOAA’s Adaptation Sciences Program, WUCA, WRF, and EPA, will explore practical lessons and leading practices focused on steps to mainstreaming climate science and adaptation considerations into building for climate resilience. Having worked on climate adaptation for over a decade, water utilities have learned many lessons and developed approaches to share with peer sectors seeking to learn and take steps to adapt now. Expanding the exchange of knowledge across communities will also foster more effective adaptation and improve community resilience.

The goal of these webinars is to help us, adaptation practitioners, advance our thinking about effective approaches by learning from others what has worked (or not worked). Beyond sharing examples from the water sector, these webinars will foster a multi-sectoral dialogue, sharing practical resources and tools for planning.

Learn more on NOAA’s website

Learn more on EPA’s website


Session 1: Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation

November 4th, 2021, 2-3:00 pm EDTHighlights a range of actions that organizations can implement for climate adaptation that have been ground-tested by WUCA agencies.


  • Julie Vano, Aspen Global Change Institute
  • Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water and WUCA

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Session 2: Climate Adaptation Engineering Case Studies

November 18th, 2021, 1-2:00 pm ESTDiscusses adaptation opportunities in infrastructure design and project delivery processes and provides case studies of recent water infrastructure projects.


  • Jason Giovannettone, Dewberry and the American Society for Civil Engineers
  • Kavita Heyn, Portland Water Bureau and WUCA

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Session 3: Business Function Mapping

December 2nd, 2021, 2-3:00 pm EST

Provides a framework-oriented process to mainstream climate change considerations within organizations.


  • Emily Wasley, WSP USA
  • Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water and WUCA
  • Alexis Dufour, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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Session 4: Equity and Environmental Justice Considerations in Climate Adaptation

December 9th, 2021, 1-2:30 pm EST

Highlights how equity can influence community goals and build partnerships with lessons learned and solutions to build equity while adapting to climate change


  • Mami Hara, US Water Alliance
  • TBD, US Environmental Protection Agency
  • Harriett Festing, Anthropocene Alliance


Session 5: Green Stormwater Infrastructure

January 6th, 2022, 1-2:30 pm EST

Describes community experiences in deciding to use green stormwater infrastructure, monetizing and quantifying benefits, developing critical stakeholder partnerships, and using available tools to evaluate options to include in adaptation plans.


  • Janet Clements, Water Economics and Planning, Corona Consulting
  • Pinar Balci, Ph.D., Bureau of Environmental Planning and Analysis, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
  • Robyn DeYoung, US Environmental Protection Agency

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Session 6: Greenhouse Gas and Energy

January 20th, 2022, 1-2:00 pm EST

Provides valuable information and inspiration for greenhouse gas mitigation or sewage thermal energy use projects from concept to implementation.


  • Taylor Winchell, Denver Water and WUCA
  • Svetlana Taylor and Alaina Harkness, Current Innovation

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Session 7: Climate Warming and Impacts to Staff and Assests

February 3rd, 2022, 1-2:00 pm EST

Analyzes the impact of extreme temperature events on personnel and critical water utility physical infrastructure assets.


  • Keely Brooks, Southern Nevada Water Authority and WUCA
  • Margaret Morrissey, Korey Stringer Institute

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Session 8: Federal and Other Funding for Adaptation

February 17th, 2022, 1-2:00 pm EST

Reviews available resources for financial support of adaptation projects, improving understanding of successful strategies and connecting the audience with community-based and sector-focused funding.


  • Kim Penn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coastal Management
  • David Goldbloom-Helzner, US Environmental Protection Agency

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Ellis Civic Fellowship

The Ellis Civic Fellowship identifies two students from each incoming class who are committed to serving the community and investing in their own leadership development during their time at the UW!

If selected as an Ellis Fellow, you will receive a scholarship (totaling $12,000 over four years), personalized advising, supported connections with community engaged projects, and opportunities to develop as a civic leader.

The Fellowship is open to students interested in any major of study, as long as you agree to make Public Service, Community Engagement, and Civic Leadership Development key aspects of your time at the UW. Ellis Fellows explore a variety of local non-profit organizations and work with campus and community mentors to develop themselves as civic leaders. This hands-on learning helps you gain experience to prepare you for life beyond college!

Learn more about the fellowship requirements and what makes a good candidate by visiting our website. Email questions about the fellowship or our application process to And be sure to complete the online application by noon on Monday, October 25.

Power to the Pollinator Student Project

Over the past few decades, bees and other critical pollinator species have been experiencing a rapid decline in population. Natural ecosystems depend on these critters to pollinate roughly 85% of flowering species, which in turn provide habitat and nourishment for other wildlife. By gathering pollen and nectar from hundreds of flowers, pollinator species like bumble bees, mason bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths help diversify ecological communities and cultivate the lush landscapes that surround our built environments.

BLA Student Daniella Slowik received funding from the Campus Sustainability Fund to pursue this project investigating pollinators on UW Campus. You can learn more about the project by viewing Dani’s presentation from the Mary Gates Leadership event in Spring 2021.

Fly By Night: A Designer’s Look at Bats in Seattle Parks

Sidney Greenslate, BLA ’21, completed this senior capstone research project and presented to the UW Landscape Architecture Department in Spring 2021.

Inspiration: Art, Science & Creativity

I was inspired to pursue this project in part by a talk given at the UW by landscape architect and designer David Buckley Borden. His playful, eye-catching installation pieces at the Harvard Forest combine science communication with keen design in the way that trained landscape architects are particularly poised to do. He encouraged the students in the audience to follow their individual interests, even if they don’t seem to fit the scope of traditional design practice, and to be bold with design concepts. I took his lecture to heart and I owe him some credit in my decision to take on this this project.

Bats occupy a strange space in our culture, even in environmentalist spaces. They are often classified as pests and as dangerous disease vectors, with little regard given for their unique biological niche and diversity. There are over 200 species of bats, which is evidence enough on its own that nature finds them valuable.

An excerpt from a zine being made by artists Sonya and Nina Montenegro (known professionally at The Far Woods) best summarizes the other-worldly, ephemeral quality of bats that enchants some, yet disturbs others:

These despised inbetweeners,
Shrouded in nighttime;
Existing on the edges –
The edges of Animal & bird,
Day & night;
The edges of Dark & light,
Earth & heaven;
Mystery, myth & superstition,
Existing in a liminal space,
That makes us uncomfortable,
In its in-betweenness.

I first began exploring bats in Seattle in Spring 2019, in an ecological design studio. Since then, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the cultural reputation of bats has taken a huge hit. I believe that landscape architects have a responsibility to the non-human life present in the landscapes they design. I found bats to be a niche worthy of exploring, since they need any positive representation they can get.

An Exercise in Pedagogy

As undergraduate students, there are limited opportunities for research on topics of personal interest in the College of Built Environments. It was important to me to challenge myself to pursue a topic I care about, create my own structure for research, and to connect that work to landscape architecture. I knew early on that I would need to provide myself with a support structure and to set the tone for the kind of work I wanted to produce.

This approach resulted in a personal contract agreement, which served as a set of guidelines for the scope of my research, explicitly outlining that I am not conducting true scientific research, but rather exploring a line of inquiry. I also established how I would treat myself and my mental health during this process, in case I began to struggle to complete work of my own volition.

I also established that the investigative approach to this work would be process-based, and less focused on a single final product. I structured the work into three main tasks: an annotated bibliography, field study sessions, and creative interpretation of findings.

Read more about Sidney’s project at

You can also view Sidney’s final presentation to the Department here.

Celebrating Graduates | UW 2021 Gonfalonieres and Guardians of the Gonfalons

Each year the UW’s schools and colleges select students to lead their degree candidates during the commencement procession. These students are called gonfalonieres, because they carry the school’s gonfalon, a banner that hangs down from a crosspiece and bears that school’s name and symbol. Following tradition borrowed from the Italian Renaissance, the gonfalonieres represent some of the UW’s most accomplished students.

Alumni volunteers watch over the banners during the ceremony, so that the gonfalonieres can enjoy their graduation experience. These volunteers are called Guardians of the Gonfalon, and they have been part of graduation exercises for more than 20 years.

In 2021, the College of Built Environments was represented by Kai Farmer, MLA 2021, as gonfaloniere and Jenn Low, BLA 2005, as guardian of the gonfalons. Check out their profiles!

Kai Farmer, ’21, Landscape Architecture

My hometown is Mukilteo, WA. I chose UW to stay close to my friends and family while furthering my education. My goal in choosing Landscape Architecture was to take my experience of ecological restoration and landscaping and learn to apply it on a broader scale.

While at UW, I played for the UW ice hockey club team. I also joined the Army National Guard and graduated OCS, commissioning as a 2nd lieutenant.

Thanks to my family, friends, the Landscape Architecture faculty and my cohort, past professors from my undergraduate program, and OCS Class 63 and my National Guard family. Everyone has helped me in some shape or form along the way, and I thank you all dearly for it.

Advice to incoming students: No matter what your goals are, you are not alone. Your colleagues can complement your strengths and bolster your weaknesses. A degree may only have one name on it, but it doesn’t have to be obtained in solitude.

Jenn Low, ’05, Landscape Architecture

I am an integrative designer, educator and landscape architect based out of Washington, D.C. I wear a few hats, including director of communications at the Urban Studio and deputy director of the 1882 Foundation.

My favorite UW memories include a fall quarter in Rome with my classmates and led by Professor David Streatfield. It was magical. That and the few minutes of Zen during my morning shift at the Gould Coffee Shop, reading a copy of The Stranger by the cash register.

To the Class of 2021: Seek out spaces that encourage you to bring your whole self to the work you set out to do. Seek out community that will push you, challenge you and promote your growth.

Urban + Informality: Framing Resilience | Winter 2020

Course Instructor

Manish Chalana + Julie Johnson

Course Date

Winter 2020

Course Type

Built Environments Interdisciplinary Studio

Fifteen graduate and three undergraduate students participated in the studio and developed compelling analyses of and proposals for informality in Central Seattle. The studio focused on urban informality through interrelated themes of housing, livelihoods, urban agriculture and arts/culture.

As these students were formalizing their projects for the end-of-quarter presentations, the University of Washington ended in-person learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The resulting upheaval and uncertainty led to canceling the students’ final presentations, and instead committing to presenting their studio report.

Urban + Informality Studio Report

Carbon Leadership Forum Member Impact: Sofia Segebre, BLA

Sofia Segebre, BLA ’21, has been working with the UW’s Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) since April of 2020 where she’s been supporting the team with general program administration as well as facilitating community outreach and collaboration.
In February 2021, Sofia shared her motivation to reduced embodied carbon admissions in CLF’s Member Impact feature.

Sofia Segebre

CLF staff and undergraduate student; BLA Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Working with the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) has opened my eyes to see that coming together can make a difference and that we can mitigate our carbon print on earth. I am a student at the University of Washington majoring in Landscape Architecture where I first learned the significance of embodied carbon.

I knew that carbon emissions are a pressing issue and entering the field my objective has been mending the effects of pollution with the idea that architecture and nature shake hands. In other words, building environmentally conscious. I began asking myself how reducing carbon globally was possible and understanding that as a designer I had a responsibility. Last year I began working with the CLF and have seen how hundreds of individuals and organizations join the vision.

It is really inspiring to see the CLF grow because it gives this generation and the following hope of a cleaner, more sustainable future. It has provided me with a guiding platform and network to reach my objective as a landscape architect in doing my part to reduce embodied carbon. I am motivated to be a part of the CLF because we are a growing group of humans coming together, educating each other, producing alternative resources, and innovating the planet for the purpose of a healthier environment to live in.

This story originally appeared on the Carbon Leadership Forum website. You can also join the CLF community so they can get a first hand look at the outreach and collaboration that Sofia has helped enable.

Around the UW Farm: Sophia Falls

Sophia joined the BLA program in 2020. When she’s not studying landscape architecture, she’s a student staff member of the UW Farm. Check out Sophia’s profile from UW Farm below!

Sophia Falls, First Year Student Staff, CSA Lead

Sophia is a junior at UW majoring in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Geography. She is interested in the intersection between humans and their environment. Her first introduction to the UW Farm was through Eli Wheat’s Urban Farm course (See the YouTube video below). This course sparked her interest in farming and since then she has worked as a CSA packer at a produce farm and has spent some time WWOOFing during quarantine.

Sophia will be focusing on our CSA program, taking over from Krista Einarsson, who graduated in December and was the first to focus on managing the communications and organization of the farm’s subscription program that supplies households with produce from June-November.

When she’s not at the UW Farm you might find Sophia practicing yoga in her backyard. She is also looking forward to enjoying a good meal with pals when it is safe to do so in the future!

Year at UW: Junior

Hails From: Sonoma, CA

Hobbies: Hiking, biking, yoga, cooking, playing music

Favorite fruit or vegetables: Sweet potatoes, Dino kale, Brussel sprouts

Learn more about the UW Farm on their website and check them out on the social medias:


Fairy Tales of the City

Course Instructor

Mackenzie Waller

Course Date

Summer 2020

Course Type

Undergraduate + Graduate Studio

Fairy-tale scholars Pauline Greenhill and Sidney Eve Matrix (2010) have defined fairy tales as “fictional narratives that combine human and nonhuman protagonists with elements of wonder and the supernatural.” This intensive design studio was inspired by the Fairy Tales design competition (www. and tackled real world issues through the lens of creativity.

The studio focused on presenting different interpretations of urban and urbanization to consider the social, economic and environmental transformations underway in our cities. The rise of negative social processes is most evident in cities, where key social conflicts often center on socio-spatial rights and needs.

Students each selected a city that they held extensive personal experience and during the course of the studio they developed a text based fictional fairy tale (800-1400 words). Each fairy tale identifies a unique challenge and uses narrative to present landscape architecture responses.

The studio tasked each project to embody the following:

  • Setting acts as a vehicle for ecocriticism, that is, the focus on nature/city and questions about the interaction between humans and the environment.
  • Engage story based strategy to develop a critical narrative engaging in complex problems evident in each city.
  • The central character of each story reflects the social identity of the author and offers evidence of critical reflection of their role in their community.

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View the studio report online