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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.

Laurie Phillips’ private sector work and social sustainability research made her an outstanding candidate to lead students in a City of Medford public relations campaign during this year’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). A new Assistant Professor in Public Relations, Phillips joined the University of Oregon in the fall of 2013 after managing public relations for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and media outlets.

By Nicole Ginley-Hidinger

Medford currently has ninety-nine neighborhood watch programs. They need two hundred fifty.

Neighborhood watch volunteers assist the city’s 105 sworn officers by taking note of what is happening in and around their community. For example, recently a Neighborhood Watch team identified drug activity in their neighborhood.  One of the subjects was wanted for an outstanding warrant. The volunteers kept watch and reported when the man was in their neighborhood so that the Medford Police Department could make the arrest.