The Sustainable City Year: A new model for multidisciplinary and applied transportation education

Friday, May 13, 2011, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Nico Larco, University of Oregon

The video begins at 1:55.

Abstract: This year, the Sustainable City Year (SCY) program is working with the City of Salem (Oregon, USA) and is directing 25 faculty, 28 courses, 10 disciplines, and about 80,000 hours of student and faculty effort toward the city's sustainability related projects and priorities.  The talk will discuss SCY’s program structure, numerous transportation related projects, and tangible outcomes. 

In this model of education, students get hands on experience in working with city officials while city officials and citizens get a range of new ideas from the next generation of thinkers and practitioners.  This model is, at the same time, a fairly radical re-conceptualization of transportation education as well as a somewhat simple approach to incorporate.