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The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is among six winners selected from global applicants for the 2015 Ashoka U-Cordes Innovation Award, which recognizes top educational approaches in social entrepreneurship within higher education. UO Professor Marc Schlossberg and Associate Professor Nico Larco co-lead SCYP as codirectors of the UO’s Sustainable Cities Initiative. 

Professor Marc Schlossberg has been awarded a rare second Fulbright Scholarship, this time to work with faculty at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, where he will collaborate with colleagues in the institute’s Department of Architecture and Town Planning.

A professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at UO, Schlossberg will use his Fulbright year to focus on sustainability and community quality of life, specifically how city design decisions influence active and sustainable modes of transportation such as walking and biking.

SCI China had an exciting, fast-paced summer and SCI China Director Dr. Yizhao Yang is ready to take the groundbreaking work of the program to new heights in the year ahead.

Over the summer, Dr. Yang and SCI Co-Director Nico Larco traveled to Chengdu, China to participate in an exchange conference with Chinese planning and design professionals. Dr. Yang and Larco presented the “Oregon Experience”, discussing work on urban growth boundaries, green streets, active transportation research, and indicator systems.

When it comes to closing a gap, students at the University of Oregon may be the solution.  The “40-mile Loop,” originally proposed for Portland by John Charles Olmsted in 1903, envisioned identifying open park space and linking it to greenways and boulevards to create a publicly accessible trail.  Some parts of this trail were created in the early 1900’s, but progress was stalled during the onset of WWII and the Great Depression. 

Five years ago, the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) developed its groundbreaking model for linking the sustainability projects of an Oregon city to existing student class work at the UO.

Now the Sustainable City Year Program model (SCYP) is being replicated at 18 universities across the country, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) has awarded SCI a grant to implement the model in even more communities.

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