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Kerry Edinger is the SCYP Program Support Graduate Employee, currently working toward her Master of Public Administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Oregon Honors College. Her background is in statewide political and legislative advocacy, most recently serving as the Legislative Assistant to Oregon Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins. Kerry is inspired by the opportunity to improve quality of life for all Oregonians by making their communities more livable, sustainable, and connected.

Story originally featured UO College of Design

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program’s (SCYP) Redmond partnership has been recognized with a UO 2017 Sustainability Award in the Town and Gown category. The award is presented to campus individuals or groups for projects that promote, educate, or enhance a more sustainable community.

By Josie Fey

University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

When Shirley Huang, a senior architecture student at the University of Oregon, had a chance to work on a real-life design project for the city of Albany, she was at first looking for practical experience. The city was interested in understanding how the St. Francis Hotel building might be adapted to support housing or a hotel. And through a class at the university, Huang could give city officials some possibilities for how to implement their vision.

Nearly ten years ago, SCI Co-Directors Marc Schlossberg and Nico Larco had a groundbreaking idea: what if a city could harness the creativity of university students at a larger than normal scale and apply the fresh thinking, creativity, idealism, and passion to helping local communities accelerate their capacity to meet pressing societal issues, and figure out an effective means to put knowledge into action.