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 Redmond Spring 2016

The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) has partnered with the City of Redmond, Oregon for the 2015-2016 academic year. Learn more about our courses for Spring 2016 and the projects that students across a variety of disciplines at the University of Oregon will be engaging on throughout the term.

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.


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“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. 

The Sustainable City Year Program has reached a new height— about 30,000 feet.President Schill spoke with United Airlines Hemisphere magazine about SCI's Sustainable City Year Program in the May 2016 issue. He mentions SCYP as one of the state's six leading innovators. According to University of Oregon president Michael Schill, “You would be hard-pressed to find a state with an economy that’s booming without a great university behind it.”

For the full article, see "Oregon" in the May 2016 dossier. 

Many SCYP classes presented their final work to the City of Redmond last week at the University of Oregon, the City of Redmond Public Works building, and Central Oregon Community College. Ren Thomas' Housing Policy class presented recommendations for updating the city's 2007 Affordable Housing Plan on Tuesday, March 8. Landcape Architecture students had their final review that same day, where they presented master plans for the Redmond Airport. On Thursday, March 10 Journalism students presented their strategic marketing plans regarding social media and downtown revitalization.