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Sustainable Cities partners with public, private agencies on 2-year project

The UO Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) has launched a two-year research initiative called "Framing Livability.” The project is partnering with the City of Portland, Portland Metro, Transportation for America, and the Natural Resources Defense Council on two grants from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.  The project seeks to answer how sustainability-focused community development efforts can best be communicated to gain public support.

Framing Livability

 

City, students partner on Eugene issues

City officials have put student groups to work to identify and provide suggestions on civic issues around Eugene. These include encouraging millennial interaction with the city, developing a city-sponsored residential composting pilot program, and producing a guidebook about “tactical urbanism.” The students are in a Planning, Public Policy and Management course called “Real World Eugene.”

Jackie and Dianna

 

Schlossberg, SCYP featured on Israeli college website

A lecture Professor Marc Schlossberg gave during his Fulbright year at Technion Israel Institute of Technology was highlighted on the school’s home page recently. Schlossberg spoke about the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which he and UO colleague Associate Professor Nico Larco founded at UO and which Technion has adopted under the name The Urban Laboratory.  It’s the first such project at an Israeli university.

Marc Schlossberg and colleagues

 

Studio tackles Redmond highway redesign

Students in a landscape architecture studio are working with the City of Redmond and the Oregon Department of Transportation on ways to build a “multi-way boulevard” through Redmond. It’s part of UO’s Sustainable Cities Year Program, which encourages innovative classes with real-world outcomes.

discussing student work

 

Cascade Business News features Sustainable Cities’ Redmond project

Cascade Business News features the Sustainable Cities Year Program in Redmond in its current issue, noting that students are already preparing their midterm presentations. “Eight classes [of students are] working on six projects during the fall term. Then we will have a similar amount of projects for the winter term and for the spring term,” Heather Richards, Redmond’s director of community development, told Cascade Business News writer David Clewett in the November 3 story.

Sustainable Cities Year Program

 

Service program wins leadership award

The University of Oregon’s Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps Program has won the Oregon Main Street Leadership Award, only the second time the state agency has conferred the distinction. RARE is a program in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management’s Community Service Center.

La Grande Main Street Downtown

 

Sustainable Cities kicks off 2015 year

The 2015-16 Sustainable Cities Year Program with the City of Redmond officially kicked off with a gala celebration at the UO’s Ford Alumni Center October 1. During the yearlong partnership, students, and faculty members will pour 50,000 hours of work into applied projects with sustainability-focused solutions.

SCYP Program Manager Megan Banks listens to Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval

 

Historic theaters: potential economic engines face challenges

A new report on Oregon’s historic theaters reveals them as potentially significant economic engines and cultural touchstones in communities small and large—but the theaters are challenged by deferred maintenance and other financial and organizational needs. The report provides specific recommendations gleaned after nearly a year of research that resulted in “Oregon Historic Theaters: Statewide Survey and Needs Assessment,” produced by University of Oregon students and faculty in the UO’s Community Planning Workshop.

Elsinore Theatre

 

AAATech to hold open house Friday, September 18

Please join A&AA Technology staff members for an open house Friday, September 18, from 1-4 p.m. in Lawrence Hall Room 282. Refreshments will be provided. The A&AA Output Room provides quality digital imaging services to the university community at affordable prices. AAATech staff members will be available to share information about their services, which include: • poster printing • 3D printing • large format scanning • technology service desk • laser printing

open house poster

 

Community Planning Workshop completes video about Oregon Historic Theaters

Graduate students in the UO Community Planning Workshop, a program of the Community Service Center, have produced a 14-minute video about the preservation challenges faced by many of Oregon’s 120 historic theaters.

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