University of Oregon Sustainable City Year

 

The Sustainable City Year program is a partnership of a cross-disciplinary group of faculty and students with one city in Oregon each year. Coursework in disciplines including design, planning, arts, ecology, journalism, engineering, business, and public policy focus on assisting that city with its sustainability-oriented goals and projects. The Sustainable City Year faculty and students work with city staff and other partners, through a variety of studio projects and service learning courses, to 1) provide students with a real world project to investigate; 2) apply their training; and 3) help a local city transition to a more sustainable and livable future.

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  • Taylor, Zoe; Russo, Andrew (University of Oregon, 2024)
    This project represents a collaborative effort between the winter 2024 Green Cities class and the City of Salem to integrate solar facilities into Geer Park, one of Salem’s 92 parks. As outlined by the City of Salem, the ...
  • Taylor, Zoe; Russo, Andrew (University of Oregon, 2024)
    The University of Oregon’s Green Cities students focused on creating innovative and sustainable solar panel proposals for Salem’s Geer Park, located near the Oregon State Penitentiary, which has been historically underfunded ...
  • Prazak, Renate; Li, Alex (University of Oregon, 2024)
    The City of Salem sought recommendations on how to increase Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and access. Recognizing the importance of a well-rounded and evidence-based approach, the student teams employed ...
  • Cassel, Katie; Donnelly, Caitlin; Stapleton, Ellee (University of Oregon, 2024)
    In response to the City of Salem’s goal of identifying park service area delineation methods that would facilitate a more equitable and accessible park system for residents, Spatial Justice Seminar students analyzed equity ...
  • Schillinger, Attila; Bullentini, Kaitlyn; Clifford, Avery; Duda, Nicole; Horvath, Michael; Norton, Ella; Knight, Kayleigh; Plumley, Madison (University of Oregon, 2024-12)
    Students were tasked with the opportunity to design a campaign to educate Salem residents on heat pumps and their benefits to support the city’s sustainability initiatives. The overarching goal of the campaign was to ...
  • Duong-Tran, Joshua; DeVigal, Andrew (University of Oregon, 2024)
    Working with the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) and the City of Salem, this class sought to understand how information flows through the Hispanic community in Salem. This Engaged Journalism course conducted a survey, ...
  • Bartholomei, Mason; Bean, Wyatt; Belcher, Ruth; Lucero, Augustin Olivares; Riogeist, Jasper; Severeid, Emily; Ngo, Nicole (University of Oregon, 2024)
    Like many states across the United States, Oregon has a history of using transportation, land use, and housing tools inequitably, which has directed and concentrated benefits to the privileged and harms to underserved ...
  • Community Planning Workshop (University of Oregon, 2014)
    The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD or the District) is the public transportation provider for residents of southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley. The RVTD partnered with the University of Oregon’s Community Planning ...
  • Goodwin, Evan; Motahari-Asi, Kiana; Cartwright, Virginia; Givens, James (University of Oregon, 2014)
    This report explores issues, opportunities, and design proposals for four different fire station sites in Medford, Oregon. The goal of this studio was to envision new fire-rescue facilities consistent with LEED certification ...
  • Yount, Heather; Ciscek, Erica; Curtin, Pat; Parker, Margy (University of Oregon, 2014)
    This report is the result of three terms of work by students in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. During fall term 2013, students in Strategic Communications Research (J495) conducted primary ...
  • Dobrinich, Stephen; Drlik-Muehleck, Aniko; Margerum, Richard; Parker, Robert; Lewis, Rebecca (University of Oregon, 2013)
    In the fall term of 2013, graduate students in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon developed concept plans for the Jackson County Health Site in Medford, Oregon. This ...
  • Nicolello, Bree; Ciscek, Erica; Curtin, Pat; Parker, Margy (University of Oregon, 2014)
    This report is the result of three terms of work by students in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. During fall term 2013, students in Strategic Communications Research (J495) conducted primary ...
  • Yount, Heather; Ciscek, Erica; Phillips, Laurie; Parker, Margy (University of Oregon, 2014)
    This report is the result of three terms of work by students in the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication. During fall term 2013, students in Strategic Communications Research (J495) conducted primary ...
  • van Vliet, Lauren; Banks, Megan; Knudson, Kaarin; Li, Alex; Schlossberg, Marc (University of Oregon, 2023)
    Over fall term 2023, Community and Regional Planning graduate students worked with the City of Corvallis to reimagine how a 14-acre site in north central Corvallis, along the city’s 9th Street commercial/mixed use corridor, ...
  • Houston, Niamh; Kohler, Nick (University of Oregon, 2023)
    The City of Salem, Oregon, has shown dedication to achieving sustainability goals and revitalizing its neighborhoods by conducting walkability and comprehensive corridors assessments. As part of the Sustainable City Year ...
  • Knight, Kayleigh; Mundy, Dean (University of Oregon, 2023)
    The Strategic Planning and Cases course (J 453) at the University of Oregon worked with the City of Salem to develop outreach campaigns to address the City’s volunteerism and community engagement needs. Although each student ...
  • Betros, Rosemary; Lewis, Rebecca (University of Oregon, 2023)
    The City of Salem implemented a City Operations Fee in 2019 to supplement revenue for its General Fund. The City was concerned, however, that the current fee structure does not adequately account for equity across commercial ...
  • Blodgett, Liz; Hewatt, Beau; Ignacio, Alyssa; McKnight, Helen; Sesar, Chloe; Schillinger, Attila (University of Oregon, 2023)
    Students in the PR Campaigns capstone course devised three strategies to reduce idling in the city of Salem, Oregon. Strategy 1 emphasizes the city leading by example, calling for city employees to cease idling to encourage ...
  • Alampi, Elisia; Cheng, Nancy Yen-Wen; Riggio, Mariapaola (University of Oregon, 2023)
    Exploring innovative kit-of-parts construction methods, our project centers on the adaptable nature of reciprocal frame construction, focusing on sustainable reuse of panel materials such as plywood and Mass Plywood Panels ...
  • Wylie, Samuel; Larco, Nico; Rajbaidya, Gauri (University of Oregon, 2022)
    This architectural design studio focused on the Lloyd District, located in inner Northeast Portland and less than a mile from the University of Oregon’s White Stag campus. The Lloyd District is a low-density area defined ...

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