The Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Awards are presented to "high impact and highly replicable education innovations." The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) was among six winners recognized for educational approaches in social entrepreneurship in higher education. Winners were selected based on three criteria:
• Innovation – the model addresses a clear challenge or opportunity for advancing an entrepreneurial or socially impactful mindset, skillset, and culture for the university context;
• Replication – the model may be easily adapted without losing quality and impact; and
• Maturity – there is evidence of refinement and iteration of the model over time.
SCI Co-Director and Co-Founder, Dr. Marc Schlossberg, accepted the award at a ceremony on February 27, 2015 during the Ashoka U Exchange.
The Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award is presented to a faculty member (or team/collaboration of faculty) from an Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) member institution who has demonstrated international, national, or regional leadership in establishing, promoting, or in other ways furthering the goals of education for sustainability. The award is based on the contributions that have been made by the individual(s) to increasing the breadth and depth of sustainability education and her/his/their impact on individuals and the field in general.
For their efforts to create the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon, Nico Larco and Marc Schlossberg were honored with the Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award.
The Financial Times/Citibank Ingenuity Award recognized ingenious individuals or organisations that have developed solutions to urban challenges. The FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme recognizes individuals or organisations that have found solutions to urban challenges in four areas – energy, infrastructure, education and healthcare. SCI was honored as a finalist at a banquet award ceremony in New York City in December 2012.
Students worked with architect practitioners, educators, and municipal officials as part of a yearlong sustainability partnership with the city of Salem, OR. As a studio project, students engaged with design firms to research and design options for a new police station. Students partnered with a design team to produce a site analysis, a precedent study, and design proposals so the city council could vote for a municipal bond measure to fund the station. According to the jury, the project gave students insight into civic processes, which are seldom experienced before entering practice.
"For the Initiative’s innovative approach to creating sustainable cities through the cross-disciplinary engagement of scholars, community leaders, and project partners." The award ceremony took place in December, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Globe Award is a world-covering award that is given out in four categories to recognize and encourage societies, the corporate sector, individuals and academia that have excelled in the area of sustainability. SCI was selected as one of five international finalists for the Sustainability Research award in March, 2010.
Northwest Sustainability Initiative Grant
As part of the Northwest Sustainability Initiative, which includes higher education institutions in Oregon and Washington, SCI was selected for a Learn and Serve America grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service. The grant supported SCYP service learning efforts from 2010-2013.
The Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association awarded SCI the Special Achievement in Planning award in May, 2010. The award was presented for SCYP's work with Gresham, Oregon, particularly on projects in the Rockwood neighborhood and Springwater area.
Imagining America awarded SCI with a Critical Exchange Grant in January, 2010 to partially support Jonathan Levine’s visit to the University of Oregon as part of the Experts-in-Residence program. SCI will also present at the national Imagining America conference in Seattle in September, 2010 on continuing SCI efforts and the Sustainable City Year Program.
The University of Oregon's 2009 Academic Plan created the Phased Focus process implemented by a series of Big Ideas to power the University to the next level. In Spring 2009, a 15-person faculty committee chose the first set of Big Ideas from 28 submissions. These five interdisciplinary teams were each funded with $50,000 from carryover in the Provost’s Office budget from FY09 and launched in July, 2009.
Marc Schlossberg was awarded one of six Distinguished Scholar Awards through the United Kingdom Fulbright Commission in 2009. During the 2009-10 academic year, Professor Schlossberg taught and conducted research around issues of sustainable transportation and community change at the University of Sheffield. He presented SCI to universities and government officials in London, Manchester, and Sheffield.