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Story by Kit Aldridge

What city wouldn't be pleased with around $1 million in extra earnings for the year? Thanks to a team of Oregon MBA students, the city of Salem, Oregon, enjoyed just such a financial bump.

It all started back in 2010, when students in associate professor of management Jennifer Howard-Grenville's Industrial Ecology course spent a term working with Salem as part of the University of Oregon's internationally regarded Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI).

The Sustainable City Year Program’s year-long partnership with the city of Medford launched over the weekend with a special community engagement and city visioning process with Medford’s Latino community.

Over 100 community members stopped by the SCYP booth at the 20th Annual Greater Medford Multicultural Fair on Saturday to discuss the present and future of their city. The interactive initiative aimed to create a fun, inviting space for dialog about Medford’s future.

A University of Oregon program that pairs faculty and students with local cities for sustainability projects has been something of a best-kept secret. But those days might be numbered.

So says Mariah Hudson-Dula, sustainability coordinator at San Diego State University, the latest institution among a half-dozen nationwide to adopt the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program. When Hudson-Dula and Geoff Chase, dean of Undergraduate Studies, learned about the program at a national conference last year, they knew it was right for their university.

SCI was featured in an Alaska Airlines magazine article!  Next time you are 30,000 feet in the air, take a minute to learn about how SCI and other Pacific Northwest programs are helping students learn through hands-on application of theories and research.

If you aren’t perusing this website midflight, read the web version of the article.

The Faculty Sustainability Leadership Award is presented to a faculty member (or team or collaboration of faculty) from an Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) member institution who has demonstrated international, national, or regional leadership in establishing, promoting, or in other ways furthering the goals of education for sustainability. The award is based on the contributions that have been made by the individual(s) to increasing the breadth and depth of sustainability education and her/his/their impact on individuals and the field in general.