Turning Sustainable Practice into Reality

The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is an applied thinktank focusing on sustainability in cities.  We work across disciplines inside and out of academia to re-define the delivery of higher education, conduct applied and policy-relevant research, and serve the public in the design and development of sustainable, resilient, and livable cities.  Our work is consistently applied, multi-disciplinary, and sustainability focused, matching the complexity of cities with the disciplinary expertise to match.  We focus on everything in cities, from sustainable architecture to transportation to engaging marginalized communities to impacting the larger, relevant policy frameworks at the local and state levels.

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Our researchers are pioneering the investigation into technology's impact on cities. Our partnership with Albany is thriving. Our student staff are inspired. Read about what we've been up to.  

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Sustainable City Year Program

SCYP is a unique university-community partnership program that annually matches 25-30 courses between the University of Oregon to a single Oregon community over an academic year.  500+ students give 40,000+ hours of classroom-based effort to work on community-identified projects ranging from urban design to industrial ecology and everything in between.  SCYP is currently working with the City of Albany.

Urbanism Next

Urbanism Next is a proactive effort to understand and influence the sustainable design of cities in an era of driverless cars, the sharing economy, e-commerce, and changes in demographic lifestyle preferences. We are working across disciplines in academia, the public sector, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations to get beyond technology and focus on cities.  This blog is just the start; white papers, purposeful symposia, targeted research, and model code/policy development are being initiated now. 


EPIC-N is the network of universities implementing the “EPIC Framework,” an innovative, large-scale, and award-winning university-community partnership program based on our SCYP program. Over 25 other universities have since adopted and adapted the model for their institutional and community contexts, demonstrating the replicable, sustainable, and proven ability of this model to help cities move forward while also providing students the type of learning opportunities they increasingly demand.





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Sustainable City Year Program will engage hundreds of students in transit and transportation development plans

Improving Communities Through Unleashing University Talent: EPIC-N’s 6th Annual Sustainable City Year Conference

SCI’s Sustainable City Year Program model has been called “perhaps the most comprehensive effort by a U.S.

After a successful first term working on projects ranging from market alternatives for biosolids to ideas for downtown Albany’s Water Avenue corridor, students involved in the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program are continuing their efforts in Albany with nine Winter Term classes that are working on 12 Albany-identified projects.