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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  • 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 ...
  • Historic Preservation Campaign 

    Robertson, Lance (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The City of Albany primarily uses its website to provide information and resources concerning the historic districts for homeowners. However, the homeowners have to seek this information out themselves rather than the City ...
  • Remote Sensing Technologies and Techniques for Parks and Historic Asset Management in Albany, Oregon 

    Major, James; Kohler, Nick; Behrens, Syler (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The City of Albany, Oregon has iden ed three main objec ves to assist city sta to manage, analyze, and visualize historic aerial images for the purposes of parks and recrea on, as well as manage historic assets. The ...
  • Geographic Information Systems Housing Analysis in Albany, Oregon 

    Portwood, Paige; Kohler, Nick (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The University of Oregon’s GIScience 2 students collaborated with the City of Albany, Oregon, to gather, organize, synthesize, and map geospatial information. Albany is interested in better understanding the segregation ...
  • Cartographic Visualization of Parks, Trails, and Recreation Centers in Albany, Oregon 

    Miley, Emily; Meacham, James; Hendricks, Lauren (University of Oregon, 2017)
    In order to aid the City of Albany’s Park and Recreation Department (P&R) in the creation and visualization of their 2017 P&R Master Plan and to help serve the growing population, Albany partnered with the Sustainable City ...
  • Communication Plan for Albany Parks & Recreation Strategic Planning and Cases 

    Rasubala, Rian; Matthews, Kelli (University of Oregon, 2017)
    The City of Albany’s Parks & Recrea on Department (P&R) worked with public rela ons students at the University of Oregon to nd solu ons to increase community engagement and improve trust among Albany residents. The following ...
  • Historic Preservation and Revitalization of Albany 

    Matthews, Kelli (University of Oregon, 2016)
    The City of Albany Historic Preserva on Program partnered with the University of Oregon (UO) School of Journalism and Communica ons’ Public Rela ons Strategic Planning and Cases class to improve historic homeowners’ ...
  • Water Reclamation Facility Biosolids Market Analysis 

    Skov, Joshua (University of Oregon, 2016)
    The University of Oregon Master of Business Administra on and Master of Accoun ng students collaborated in Joshua Skov’s graduate-level course in Industrial Ecology (MGMT 641), inves ga ng the possibili es for the marke ...
  • Preparing for a Cultural Inventory in Albany, Oregon 

    Tully, Hillary; Flood, Bill (University of Oregon, 2016)
    The Community Cultural Development class in the Arts and Administra on Department at the University of Oregon was asked to present a plan to the City of Albany, Oregon, that would help the city develop a cultural inventory. ...
  • Eat, Play, Shop: Downtown Albany Re-Imagined 

    So, Kevin Eugene; Moore, Joseph (University of Oregon, 2016)
    This report summarizes the student design proposals for redeveloping three sites in downtown Albany, Oregon. University of Oregon Architecture students were tasked with iden fying op ons to increase ac vity within the ...
  • Albany Water Avenue Corridor Revitalization: Challenges and Opportunities 

    Johnduff, Michael; Margerum, Rich; Parker, Robert; Rosenburg, Stacy (University of Oregon, 2016)
    The City of Albany partnered with the Planning, Public Policy, and Management Department through the Sustainable City Year Program to help the city generate ideas for ac va ng the Water Street corridor and to consider its ...
  • Operating and Capital Funding Proposal 

    Deiters, MaryBeth; Lewis, Rebecca (University of Oregon, 2016)
    There are a total of 36 city parks in Albany and the city aims to build a community where everyone within the city limits lives within two miles of a park. Albany’s Parks and Recrea on (P&R) Department is responsible ...

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