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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  • Passive Heating Strategies for La Pine, Oregon 

    Atherley, Rowan; Bailey, Pippa; Rempel, Alexandra (University of Oregon, 2018)
    The City of La Pine partnered with the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Environmental Science Departments through the Sustainable City Year Program to develop implementation strategies for passive heating and ...
  • Preserving South Portland 

    Franey, Kerrie; Buckley, James (University of Oregon, 2018)
    Situated between Marquam Hill and the Willamette River, South Portland is a unique remnant of Portland’s past. Its history encompasses the city’s immigrant roots, industrial prowess, and tumultuous early urban development. ...
  • City of Tigard Paid Parking Policy 

    Moore, Eavan; Golub, Aaron (University of Oregon, 2018)
  • Urban Renewal and Industry Analysis 

    Marks, Amy; Wilson, Doug (University of Oregon, 2018)
    The overall goal of this course was to enhance the attractiveness of La Pine for its citizens, visitors, and businesses. This goal was broken into three primary projects focusing on Urban Renewal, industry viability, and ...
  • Community Engagement & Engaged Journalism 

    Poole, Emily; DeVigal, Andrew (University of Oregon, 2018)
    Nestled along U.S. Highway 97 in Central Oregon lies the city of La Pine. With a population of around 2,000, La Pine is a smaller city in Oregon. It is also one of the state’s newest cities: La Pine was incorporated in ...
  • New Urban Mobility Ecosystem 

    Skov, Joshua (2017)
  • Autonomous Vehicle Revenue Implications For Portland, Tigard, and Tualatin 

    Peterson, Justin; Lewis, Rebecca (University of Oregon, 2017)
    TriMet is known for maintaining a robust transportation network in the Portland, Oregon region. Beyond the transportation services, TriMet works with municipalities in the region to make the area a better place to live. ...
  • Barbur Boulevard: Designing a Model Civic Corridor for the 21st Century 

    Elderbrock, Evan; Ribe, Rob; Ko, Yekang (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The transit infrastructure along Barbur Boulevard in southwest Portland creates significant safety hazards due to intermittent bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The need for improved pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety, ...
  • Sustainable Transportation in the City of Tualatin 

    Nelson, Alexander; Schlossberg, Marc (2017)
    This report formally documents the ideas and proposals made to the city of Tualatin by the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Transportation class in the Planning, Public Policy, and Management program. The class met ...
  • Walkability and Placemaking in Tigard 

    Shinners, Dana Marie; Goodman, Elizabeth; Knudson, Kaarin; Margerum, Richard; Parker, Bob; Sandoval, Gerardo (2017)
    TriMet and the city of Tigard partnered with the Department of Planning, Public Policy, and Management and the Sustainable City Year Program to plan for the possibility of extending light rail to the city. The four areas ...
  • Active Transportation Proposals for Portland Neighborhoods 

    Rose, Mike; Abe, Derek (University of Oregon, 2017)
    Under the guidance of instructors Mike Rose and Derek Abe, Portland State University students worked in small groups to create active transportation plans for two sites within TriMet’s Southwest Corridor project area. Barbur ...
  • Nonprofit Strategy Optimization in Albany, Oregon 

    Loigman, Dylan; Mason, Dyana (2017)
    Professor Dyana Mason’s Nonprofit Consultancy class worked in three groups to advise Albany community members and city staff in three distinct subject areas. Students assessed the current state of the Albany Senior Center ...
  • Bicycle Transportation in the City of Albany 

    McNeill, Mikaila; Schlossberg, Marc (2017)
    This report documents the ideas, methodologies, and proposals produced by students of the University of Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation class for the City of Albany, Oregon. Albany saw much of its growth during a period ...
  • Activating Albany's Downtown Waterfront 

    Unknown author (2017)
    Recently, the City of Albany, Oregon, carried out a major revitalization of its historic First Avenue and restored much business and activity to its downtown district. However, historic Water Avenue, which was a site for ...
  • The Eastside Blue Line Manifesto 

    Ahrens, Nick (University of Oregon, 2015-04)
    How can TriMet better communicate with the people of Gresham and the Eastside with the goal of creating a better user experience? With this question as our starting point, our team agreed on two things to move forward. ...
  • Sandy River to Springwater Multimodal Corridor Feasibility Study 

    Xian Chen, Leona; Ribe, Rob; Eischeid, Mark (University of Oregon, 2014)
    The City of Gresham, Metro, Multnomah County and the City of Troutdale collaborated with the U.O. Sustainable Cities Initiative in executing a trail planning and feasibility study reported here. Students of landscape ...
  • Downtown Gresham Walkability Study 

    Horan, Erin; Yang, Yizhao; Eidt, Taylor (University of Oregon, 2015)
    The City of Gresham seeks to improve the walkability of its downtown to create a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented city center. Through the University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program, an Advanced GIS class of ...
  • City of Tigard: Funding Options for Park Maintenance 

    Ruggeri, Laura; Reeder, Michael (University of Oregon, 2015)
    In November 2010, voters in the City of Tigard passed a $17 million bond to fund parks acquisition and development. The bond, Measure 34-181, did not fund park maintenance, however, and the City of Tigard now needs to ...
  • Linking Nature and History 

    Goldberg, Landon; Ribe, Robert; Finney, Kevin (University of Oregon, 2017)
    Albany has a vibrant historic downtown and a beautiful waterfront park. However, the links between the two are not particularly frequent, inviting, or pedestrian- friendly. This proposal analyzes natural site conditions ...
  • Reinterpreting Culture and Nature as Productive Infrastructure East Thornton Lake Natural Area 

    Sund, Nicholas; Abelman, Jacques (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The City of Albany owns a 26-acre property beside Thornton Lake that is slated to become a future park and nature preserve. The site has historically been used for private homesteading and agriculture but has since become ...

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