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



Sustainable Cities Institute (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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University of Oregon students’ ideas for future of LTD are starting to take shape during the 10th year of Sustainable City Year Program. The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program in the fall partnered with Lane Transit District and set students to work on a variety of projects meant to make local transportation more efficient and sustainable...Read more

Hundreds of University of Oregon students are going to have a say in the future of the transit system that many of them take, every day. It's a year-long planning project between the UO and Lane Transit District. LTD wants to tap the brainpower of scores of UO students this academic year, to map out its future. Read more.

Lane Transit District is this year’s partner in UO’s Sustainable Cities Institute Sustainable City Year Program. The agency responsible for moving people around Lane County will have access this year to the imagination and innovations of University of Oregon students in an effort to make a local future more efficient and more sustainable. Read more.