School of Planning, Public Policy and Management News

RARE Program Winter Check In

What have our RARE service members been up to? Find out!

Sustainable City Year Program Proposals Due March 3

Are you looking to strengthen your local community but are limited by time, budget, or maybe knowledge? The Sustainable City Year Program might just have the answers for you!

Oregon Design Duck Profile: Emma Koontz

Learn more about Clark Honors College (CHC) student and Oregon Design Duck (ODD) Emma Koontz, who is majoring in Planning, Public Policy and Management, in this great student profile courtesy of CHC.

The UO's Just Futures Institute honored with national award

The Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate Justice, part of the UO's Environmental Initiative, became the second winner of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Racial Equity and Sustainability Collaborations Award, one of the twelve national awards of the annual AASHE Sustainability Awards.

RARE AmeriCorps Member Applications Now Available!

Are you interested in community building, natural resources, food security, natural hazard planning, economic development or land use planning? If so, you should consider applying to serve as a Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) AmeriCorps member.

RARE Profiles from the College of Design

At the College of Design, there is a "rare" opportunity for graduating students and alumni looking to gain professional experience and make a difference in Oregon's rural communities. The Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program, an AmeriCorps program administered through the Institute for Policy Research and Engagement (IPRE), has been engaging and working alongside rural communities since 1994 to improve their economic, social, and environmental conditions. Linking the expertise of staff and faculty within IPRE with the resources of the University of Oregon, RARE members have access to tools and resources that ensures a one-of-a-kind service experience that is hard to match anywhere in the country. 

IPRE and PPPM Student Team Win Student Achievement Award at OAPA

Congratulations to the University of Oregon's Institute of Policy Research & Engagement (IPRE) and the student team of Ashley Balsom, Thea Chroman, Tram Anh Hoang, Alli Langley, and Jordan Totty, led by IPRE Community Planning Workshop project manager Aniko Drlik-Muehleck, for their project, "What's Up Downtown? A Playbook for Activating Oregon's Upper Stories", winning the 2022 Student Achievement in Planning at the American Planning Association: Oregon Chapter Annual Conference in Pendelton.

Gov. Brown Appoints PPPM Alumnus to Cherriots Board of Directors

PPPM alumni, Bill Holmstrom '00, was appointed by Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, to the board of directors of Cherriots, Salem's public transit service.

Oregon Rising: Oregon’s recovery from the September 2020 wildfires

Read about how College of Design alumni Tony Andersen, BS ’07 (planning, public policy & management) led the Debris Management Task Force created by Governor Kate Brown and state leaders to work with all levels of government and community to oversee a recovery operation of nearly 1,200 staff and contractors as they helped Oregon communities heal from the wildfires of 2020.

Stories from the Field: RARE Reports from PPPM

RARE Specialist, Alison Smith, recounts their year two of service with the South Central Oregon Economic Development District (SCOEDD) in Klamath and Lake Counties. Over the last year, Alison completed a COVID-19 Economic Needs Assessment, participated in various community outreach and engagement initiatives, attended important meetings, got to know the community, and heard about what the community wants to get done.

IPRE Bridges the Gaps Between Pandemic Research and Public Policy

PPPM's Institute for Policy Research and Engagement is leading the way when it comes to bridging the gaps between its research of the pandemic and the policies that our local, state, and national governments put into practice