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SCI is an applied think-tank for sustainability in cities.


Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) focuses on sustainability and cities through applied research, teaching, and community partnerships. We work across disciplines that match the complexity of cities to address sustainability challenges, from regional planning to building design and from enhancing engagement of diverse communities to understanding the impacts on municipal budgets from disruptive technologies and many issues in between.

SCI focuses on sustainability-based research and teaching opportunities through two primary efforts: our Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), a massively scaled university-community partnership program that matches the resources of the University with one Oregon community each year to help advance that community's sustainability goals; and our Urbanism Next Center, which focuses on how autonomous vehicles, e-commerce, and the sharing economy will impact the form and function of cities. We share our expertise and experiences with scholars, policymakers, community leaders, and project partners. 

We further extend our impact via an annual expert-in-residence program, SCI-China visiting scholars program, study abroad course on redesigning cities for people on bicycle, and through our co-leadership of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), which is transferring SCYP to universities and communities across the globe. 

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By Payton Bruni

Eugene, Oregon – When University of Oregon professors Marc Schlossberg and Dyana Mason chose the projects their students would work on with the city of La Pine, they wanted to prioritize not their own interests or the students’ interests, but the community’s. “Everything we do is to add value to the community; that is our starting point,” said Schlossberg. “If anything we do is totally counter to a community’s desire, well, that’s a waste of everyone’s time.”

Conceptual site designs by SCYP students may lead to a passive solar heating system for La Pine's transit center. Read more of this article, published by SOJC student Emily Poole, on page 22 of the Newberry Eagle's August edition.

Come celebrate the 2017-18 SCYP TriMet partnership! The event will be hosted by TriMet at the Tigard Public Library on May 30. See below for additional details, and be sure to RSVP. We look forward to seeing you!