UO's Sustainable Cities lands national award
By Christina Williams, Sustainable Business Oregon
Sustainable Business Oregon
The Sustainable Cities Initiative's inaugural year was focused on Gresham.
The University of Oregon's interdisciplinary Sustainable Cities program received an award from the Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit focused on community redevelopment. Professors from the university will accept the award at an event in Washington D.C. next week.
The award, called Bridge Builders, recognizes the Sustainable Cities Initiative for its work bringing scholars community leaders and service professionals together to solve sustainable design problems.
The Sustainable Cities Initiative unites a variety of departments working across the university to focus on tackling planning and sustainability issues for a different Oregon city each year. The program's inaugural year was spent working with Gresham and students are currently working in Salem.
The award follows several other honors for the program recently, UO officials report. The initiative was selected as the only American finalist for the Globe Award for Sustainability Research and last year received a Special Achievement in Planning Award from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association.
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