University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Community Oriented Oregon Planners (COOP)



Community Oriented Oregon Planners (CO-OP) is the University of Oregon's student chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). The Planning, Public Policy, and Management (PPPM) Department at the UO sponsors this student group.

CO-OP hosts the First Wednesday Planners Forum. These meetings bring students and professionals with a planning or related background together for informal discussions about topics of interest to the students and professionals. Examples of past topics have included form-based codes, urban renewal, UGB expansion, and in-fill development. CO-OP also holds regular student meetings every Thursday (except for weeks of the First Wednesday Planners Forum) at 4:30 p.m. in the Frazier Hearth, room 119 Hendricks Hall. All interested students (grad and undergrad) are welcome.

Designated members of CO-OP serve as liaisons to the state chapter of the APA (OAPA). These members report back on lobbying efforts of the OAPA and legislative changes of interest to planners. CO-OP is a relatively young student group and has plans to join the efforts of existing PPPM student groups as well as establish an annual planning career day with area schools, bi-annual welcome back parties for planning students, and a source of funding to help defer the cost of planning students' attendance at the annual APA conference. For more information, please feel free to contact 

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This page updated July 22, 2013