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Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) 

Photo: Staff and students of the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI)The UO Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) was a unique partnership between the University of Oregon and the City of Salem focused on enhanced student learning through an examination of real world issues facing local government. Contact: Courtney Knox Busch cbusch@cityofsalem.net 503.540.2426.

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Sustainable Cities Initiative 2011 Video

"We're putting the public back in public university," said Robert Young, a University of
Oregon planning professor and Sustainable Cities Initiative co-director. "By very definition, sustainability is looking at environmental, economic, and equity-based public interests," Young explained. "It's the historical role of the public university."

These reports represent original student work and recommendations, as prepared by students in the University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year program for the City of Salem, the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Salem, or the Salem Housing Authority. Text and images contained in this report may not be used without permission from the University of Oregon.


Redevelopment Sites Citywide Initiatives
Civic Center and Police Facility Options
Links to student reports and presentations on design concepts for a new Police facility and Civic Center redesign, in collaboration with local architects, to prepare conceptual design of Police facility and phasing strategy for reuse of Civic Center (fall 2010).
  Downtown Traffic Circulation & Transportation Safety
of alternatives to one-way transportation grid, testing impact of alternatives on downtown traffic circulation, capacity, and enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access (fall, winter).
Ron Cooper Photo.  Link: North Downtown Waterfront RedevelopmentNorth Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment
Design concepts for opportunity sites and identification of barriers to redevelopment in the area between the Willamette River and Broadway Street NE, north of bridge (fall, winter).

City Growth City Design
Links to student reports and presentations that evaluate development potential and needs for three sites within: Riverfront Downtown Urban Renewal Area: O'Brien property, North Gateway Urban Renewal Area: Epping property, and West Salem Urban Renewal Area: Second Street properties.
Orchard Village Green Community Integration
Development plan for 2.87-acre Orchard Village site, adjacent private property, and infill options for other Salem Housing Authority multifamily properties (fall, winter, spring).
Street Lights
Links to student reports and presentations to develop a more energy efficient and sustainable street light design (winter) and identify a more sustainable funding mechanism for streetlights (spring).

Redeveloping Area South of Mission
Links to student reports and presentations of design guidelines and development concepts for the critical transition between downtown and residential areas along Commercial Street SE from City Hall to Owens Street SE (fall, winter).







 Economic Development

Ron Cooper night photo of Salem. Link to: Economic Prosperity Strategic Action Plan

Economic Prosperity Strategic Action Plan

Situation assessment of Salem’s assets and economic challenges; strategic plan with five-year work plan for City’s Economic Development Division in relation to economic development partners (August-December). 

Industrial By-Product Reuse

Recommendations for expanding industrial by-product reuse in dairy and food processing at the Willow Lake Wastewater Treatment Facility (fall).

Market Analysis

Supply chain, business cluster, and market analysis for renewable energy product manufacturing, food processing, metal manufacturing, or other clusters (September-August).

 Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement Strategy

Links to student reports and presentations to include new technology, wider representation, and broader participation in decision making (fall).


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