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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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Over the 2019-2020 school year, Lane Transit District and the Sustainable City Year Program forged an enduring partnership as they worked together to support and strengthen LTD’s place in a changing world of mobility.

Working with the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program provided for a deeper dive into the region’s challenges and opportunities, from diverse vantage points and areas of expertise, and in acknowledgement of the interconnectedness of the collective work within LTD and their partners.

The Sustainable City Year Program returns to the Portland region to partner with the City of Troutdale, a community of 16,000 located at the confluence of the Sandy and Columbia rivers. Now in its 12th year of partnerships with Oregon communities, this fall SCYP will connect Troutdale with five fully-remote courses for the first time ever. Planning for winter and spring classes is underway.