USF Sustainable Cities Initiative Program Support

The Office of Community Engagement and faculty in various colleges across the University of South Florida are interested in establishing a Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) program at USF. SCI brings together faculty, students, and practitioners from multiple disciplines to engage in timely issues of importance to communities. It does this by reaching out to communities interested in engaging students and faculty in addressing specific locally desired projects. The program then matches a multidisciplinary set of courses to a community-identified set of projects over an academic year.

The process relies on existing classes, existing instructors, and existing curricula through an opt-in, faculty-driven model. This in turn helps advance sustainability considerations across the curriculum, and can eventually include professional training and certification programs, as well.

SCI-type programs are as diverse as the curriculum of a University and the interests of its faculty and student body. Example topics addressed by other SCI University programs include:

Active Transportation
Walkable & Bikable Communities
Civic Engagement
Public Transportation + Land Use
Economic Development
Corridor Planning
Sustainable Urban Design
Urban Ecology
Green Building
Technology Applications

Despite widespread interest in SCI, leadership and staff support will be essential to a successful launch of this effort given the many competing demands on faculty time. The National Center for Transit Research at the University of South Florida proposes to assist the Office of Community Engagement at USF in this effort by providing staff support to increase the potential for program success in its early phases.   Download the scope of work.   For more information, contact Kristine Williams at

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