Monday, 09 December, 2013
Representatives from the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative will be visiting the University on December 9 to meet with faculty, staff, students, and public sector staff to discuss their cross-disciplinary Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP). The SCYP program partners teaching faculty with city staff to engage students in high-caliber service-learning projects focused on sustainability, livability, and improved quality of life in their communities. Funded by Plan East Tennessee through a federal HUD grant, this visit is intended to educate the campus and community on the "Oregon model", which has prompted ten other universities across the country to create SCI program replicas. Visitors will also offer guidance and best practices advice as UT establishes a similar version of the program, the Smart Communities Initiative.
2:00-3:00 SCI/City of Springfield Presentation and Panel Session to the University and Public Sector Visitors
Black Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Introductory Remarks from Provost Martin
SCYP and Springfield visitors will present the "Oregon model" to the campus and public sector visitors from 2:00-3:00, followed by a panel discussion from 3:00-3:30. All students, faculty and staff, and and public sector staff are invited to attend. The visitors will speak about what factors led them to create the SCYP, the basics of how the program works, variations on the model that other universities have employed, and the reason the program was called "one of higher education's most successful and comprehensive service-learning programs" by the Chronicle of Higher Education and "the most comprehensive effort by a U.S. university to infuse sustainability into its curricula" by the New York Times. Visitor parking is in the Vol Hall Garage, and parking validation will be issued to visitors at the door.
Following the presentation from 3:30-5:00 faculty, administrators, and public sector staff will be invited to participate in breakout discussions with the visitors and the UT SCI planning team regarding opportunities for teaching faculty and cities, counties, or special districts to participate in the upcoming program and UT.