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

Overview

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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Latest News

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!

City Manager Cory Misley shares how the Small City Pilot became a reality in La Pine in the latest edition of the Oregon City/County Management Association newsletter.

The city of the future will feature less parking and more autonomous vehicles. Deliveries will arrive by drone and robot. Car-sharing and bike-sharing will become ubiquitous and more convenient than the private automobile. Read more