Turning Sustainable Practice into Reality

Our work addresses sustainability issues from the regional level down to the building. We know that creating the sustainable city cannot happen within only a single discipline, and that’s why SCI is grounded in a cross-disciplinary approach to solving community sustainability issues.


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SCYP Albany 2016-2017

The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is back in the Willamette Valley and is working with the City of Albany, Oregon for the 2016-17 academic year. The City of Albany and the University of Oregon are planning more than 20 projects for students, ranging from park and building design to economic development to community development. Starting in September, students from over 10 disciplines at the UO will work closely with the Albany community for the next year.

5th Annual SCYP Conference

The Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N) is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Sustainable City Year Conference, taking place March 13-15, 2016 hosted by the Sage Project at San Diego State University. This conference is intended for university representatives, city officials, and organizational partners who are interested in adopting and adapting the University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) model.

2016 SCI Expert-in-Residence

SCI is a hub of research related to sustainable cities. To promote the continuous interchange of ideas, national experts working to translate sustainability ideas into practice take up residence on the Eugene or Portland campuses for three day sessions scheduled throughout the year. Our Expert-in-Residence for 2016 is Denny Zane, the Executive Director of Move LA and a former mayor of Santa Monica, CA.


Latest News

Swedish students Nicholas Braun, Thomas Hutle, and Milan Vonk from the School of Engineering Blekinge Institute of Technology defended their master's project on SCYP one of Sustainable Cities Initiative core programs. The Swedish students based their research on SCYP contributions to increase sustainable development through higher education.

SCI Research Associate and University of Oregon Professor of City & Regional Planning, Gerardo F. Sandoval, has just released a timely new book, Bicycle Justice and Urban Transformation. Part of publisher Routledge's Equity, Justice and Sustainable City series, and this edited volume provides multiple perspectives on re-designing cities for people on bike with a lens of equitable planning, policy, and advocacy.  Along with Dr. Sandoval, co-editors Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Melody L. Hoffmann (Anoka Ramsey Community College), and Adonia E.

“We’re putting the public back in public universities,” Nico Larco says in the Oregon Quarterly article recently posted.

The Oregon Quarterly recently posted a beautifully written story about the Sustainable City Year Program in Redmond this year. The article opens with information about the architecture class that designed a police station in an old national guard building and leads into information about SCYP in general.