We're seeking communities to serve in the 2020-21 academic year. Let us know what your community needs; we'll match the exceptional brainpower of University of Oregon students and faculty to find solutions.
Submitting a Proposal
SCYP staff can help introduce the Sustainable City Year Program to application teams, decision makers, and partners. We are available to help brainstorm interdisciplinary project ideas and answer questions about the program. SCYP focuses on developing strong partnerships between universities and communities; working together during the application process ensures well-developed projects.
Before starting a proposal, you'll want to reach out to SCYP Director Megan Banks. She will help guide your application and make sure you're thoroughly prepared to take on the partnership. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (541) 346-6395.
Application and Partnership Timeline
- November - February
SCYP Application Opens
RFP is made available online for all interested cities. SCYP Manager, Megan Banks, will be available for phone conferences and in-person meetings to discuss potential projects with partners. SCYP strongly suggests that partners interested in applying for SCYP schedule a phone conference or visit with SCYP staff.
All applications are due to SCYP.
SCYP Partner Selection
SCYP will identify and notify its top choice for next year's partnership.
- Early May
SCYP and partner coordinate media/press announcement of partner selection.
April - August
SCYP and partner begin to match proposed projects with academic courses and faculty. SCYP and partner develop and sign contract. Partner visits UO to discuss projects with faculty.
Kickoff and Start of SCYP Classes
SCYP hosts a kickoff event at the University of Oregon to celebrate the start of the partnership.
Fall term classes start, and student work begins on SCYP projects.
- September - December
Fall Classes and Presentations
Students give final presentations for fall SCYP classes, either in the partner city or at the University of Oregon.
- January - MArch
Winter Classes and Presentations
Students give final presentations for winter SCYP classes, either in the partner city or at the University of Oregon. Fall reports are completed and delivered to the partner.
- April - June
Spring Classes and Presentations
Students give final presentations for spring SCYP classes, either in the partner city or at the University of Oregon. Winter reports are completed and delivered to the partner.
End of Year Celebration
SCYP End of Year Celebration at partner location, including spring term final presentations, awards, and overall presentations of all class projects.
- July - September
Spring reports are completed and delivered to the partner.
- September - Future
Unlike most consulting relationships, an SCYP partnership doesn't end when the contract is finished. Connections are forged between cities and the University of Oregon, and the exchange of ideas continues. Students graduate and become professionals working for Oregon communities.
We're always finding new ways to add value and match the best of the University with the interests of our partners. The door doesn't close with the final report hand-off. In fact, it's really just opened.