MEDIA ADVISORY: UO’s Sustainable City Year Program kickoff event

What: The city of Salem has been selected to partner with the UO’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) for the 2023-2024 academic year. Media are invited to the launch event. This year-long partnership helps communities solve today’s problems and lay the groundwork for a sustainable, livable future—all while helping students prepare for the workforce through applied learning. UO students and professors will focus on up to 20 courses directed at high-priority projects for City Council and the Salem community. SCYP courses will include journalism, architecture, landscape architecture, geography, planning, and public administration with more disciplines added throughout the year as project and course matches are made. The City of Salem last worked with SCYP in the 2010-2011 academic year. In all, 27 courses with more than 500 students contributed to helping Salem that year. SCYP hosts the final reports and media from that year.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, from 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Where: Gerlinger Hall, Room 201 (468 University Street, Eugene)
On-site contact: Megan Banks, SCYP Manager, (541) 346-6395,
Interviews available: Elected Officials, City of Salem staff, UO leadership, faculty, and students
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About the Sustainable City Year Program
Established in 2009, the Sustainable City Year Program is now in its 14th year of partnerships with Oregon communities. SCYP partnerships connect University of Oregon students with local communities to implement real change drawing directly from community-identified issues. Through hands-on learning, SCYP harnesses the innovation of students and faculty to offer communities unique perspectives and ideas. Communities emerge from SCYP partnerships with increased community outreach, expanded conversations, and cutting-edge solutions, while students emerge better prepared to enter the workforce.

About the College of Design
The University of Oregon’s College of Design is home to creative practitioners, social scientists, biologists, and planners. It offers numerous undergraduate degrees and graduate accredited degrees, independent centers and institutes, and a myriad of minors and certificates at its Eugene and Portland campuses. The college is comprised of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, School of Architecture & Environment, School of Art + Design, and School of Planning, Public Policy and Management. 

Media Contact:
Molly Blancett
University Communications
(541) 515-5155