Cities and communities are often in need of support and technical assistance in completing projects, but are often hard-pressed for time, staff, or budget. The SCYP program enables communities to tap into the talents and energy of University of Oregon students in order to accomplish critical projects. This working relationship between cities and the University puts student talent to work in order to help strengthen Oregon communities.

What is it?

The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) links the students of the University of Oregon with an Oregon city, county, special district, or partnership of governments for an entire academic year.

Each year, a partner city receives assistance with their sustainability goals through the work of student classes across the University. In a typical year, SCYP addresses 15-25 projects through 20-30 courses with 500+ students across 13+ academic departments dedicating 40,000+ hours of student work. This work has focused on projects related to sustainable architectural design, urban design, planning, cost-benefit analysis, economic development, legal and policy analysis, and community engagement, among others.

Every year, SCYP helps cities reach their sustainability goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students can learn through real-life problem solving.

See examples of past student projects at the University of Oregon Scholars Bank.

How to Become the next Sustainable City Year partner 

Are you involved in an Oregon city, county, special district, or partnership of governments? Become the next Sustainable City Year partner!

Learn about our most recent partnership with Redmond in the 2015-2016 school year through a video produced by the Oregon Quarterly:

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