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.
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.
The SCI-China program welcomes five new visiting scholars from China this year. These new visiting scholars are from Chengdu Institute of Planning and Design and China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. LTD. They are professional planners specialized in economic development, transportation planning and analysis, and landscape design. During their 9-month stay here at Oregon, these scholars will learn about planning issues of their interests via opportunities to take classes and conduct research on campus, have guided visits to various projects, and engage in experience-sharing with Oregon planning professionals.
The visiting scholar program is organized by SCI-China, a platform dedicated to a multi-faceted engagement with Chinese professionals, professional institutions, and leading universities on sustainability-related research, education and training activities.
Nico Larco is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Oregon and is a co-founder and co-director of the Sustainable Cities Initiative, a nationally and internationally awarded, multidisciplinary organization that focuses on sustainability issues as they relate to the built environment. Professor Larco's research focus is on sustainable urban design, active transportation, street design, and how urban design affects the sustainability of buildings. He recently developed the Sustainable Urban Design Framework that organizes the range of urban design elements and approaches related to sustainability. Professor Larco has received numerous national and international awards for his work and was a 2012/13 Distinguished Fulbright Scholar in Spain.