University of Oregon


Sustainable Cities Initiative

Sustainable City Year Program

Big Idea

Cities often lack the funds and knowledge to implement innovative sustainability projects. College students have professional-level training and a need for practical work. SCYP brings these two traditionally unrelated entities together in an exciting interdisciplinary partnership.  

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, 400+ students from 10-12 disciplines across 20-30 classes might work on 15-20 partner-directed projects, devoting 40,000+ hours of work to helping a local entity transition to a more sustainable future.

Now in its sixth year, SCYP is enabling cities to 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 in the SCYP Project Portfolio.

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! Check out the webpage or download SCYP printable fliers


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