University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management


Student group’s project gets $150,000 toward two-way bike path

A group of University of Oregon students are back in the news after their “13th Avenue Downtown-Campus-Corridor Plan” received a $150,000 funding promise from the parents of a bicyclist killed five years ago on the corridor. LiveMove, a group of design and planning students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, recommends the city replace the existing one-way bike lane on 13th Avenue with a two-way bike lane between downtown and the university. Read more here.

13th Ave. Concept Plan


Summer internships enhance AAD graduate students’ expertise

From preparing Portland theater venues for Broadway plays to selling arts and crafts from Africa, graduate students in the Arts and Administration Program had eventful summers with a diverse array of internships. Each student completed a 200-hour internship over the summer. Prior to the experience, they explored career paths and received help finding relevant internships in the preliminary winter term course Internship I: AAD 604.

Summer internships enhance AAD graduate students’ expertise


Food Bank reports give insight to Oregon ‘food systems’

Oregon Food Bank’s objective to make sure everyone in the state will have enough to eat is supported by the recent release of a series of reports based on assessments performed in Oregon’s rural communities.

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UO graduate finds dream job in campus sustainability

After attending the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Program (OLIS) at the University of Oregon this past summer, one recent graduate is embarking upon what he confidently says is his ideal career. Tristan Sewell, using the knowledge and skills he garnered from OLIS, has moved up to Walla Walla, Washington, to become the new campus sustainability coordinator at Whitman College.

Tristan Sewell


Sustainable Cities launches Medford partnership

A standing room only crowd gathered in the Ford Alumni center October 9 to celebrate the start of a year-long partnership between the City of Medford and the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). The SCYP staff and faculty described their upcoming projects with Medford, detailing a bevy of concepts that ranged from emergency preparedness to drafting plans for a new fire station.

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Bronet, Larco lead presentation exploring SCYP concept in Maryland

Dean Frances Bronet and Associate Professor Nico Larco led a panel discussion in September at the University of Maryland, which is exploring the possibility of establishing an institute similar to UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). Bronet and Larco, along with City of Springfield Assistant City Manager Jeff Towery, led the hour-long “Panel: Oregon Model” at the daylong workshop in College Park, Maryland, in late September.

Associate Professor Nico Larco leads a panel discussion at the University of Maryland


Focus on ‘politics of participation’ earns Sandoval book award

A new book by Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval, of the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, was selected for Honorable Mention for the 2013 Paul Davidoff Book Award. Immigrants and the Revitalization of Los Angeles: Development and Change in MacArthur Park was chosen from twenty-one nominated books.

Gerardo Sandoval


Internship crafted to groom students for civil service career

Robert Tan spent nearly a year in a two-tier internship program designed to find and recruit new federal employees for permanent jobs, in his case with the Environmental Protection Agency. Negotiating the maze of federal bureaucracy to get a paid internship can be a challenge, but Robert Tan is just one of many planning, public policy and management (PPPM) students who not only snagged a great internship but also an actual career-track job. He eagerly reported for duty at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a week after graduating from UO in June.

Robert Tan


Ostrove wins $6,000 Public Impact Graduate Fellowship

MCRP student Geoff Ostrove is recipient of the 2013-14 University of Oregon Public Impact Graduate Fellowship from the UO Graduate School. The fellowship is given for student work that has achieved excellence and addresses critical issues facing society. The Graduate School deans' selection committee indicated the research has the "potential to make a significant impact on society."

Geoff Ostrove


Community Service Center honored for contributions to planning

The University of Oregon’s Community Service Center (CSC) will receive the 2013 Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (OAPA) Special Achievement in Planning Award at the OAPA conference in Portland on May 30.

Megan Smith with Bob Parker