UConn Cities Collaborative (UCC) is a new initiative through the Office of Public Engagement, modeled on the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) and the Sustainable Cities Year Program (SCYP) at the University of Oregon. Through UCC, UConn will partner with Connecticut cities to help meet their sustainability goals while creating an opportunity for students to gain professional-level training and practical experience. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary program brings together our academic goals with local needs, fostering partnerships that are relevant, reciprocal, and responsible.
In 2014-2015, the UConn Cities Collaborative will select one city to partner with us in a semester-long pilot. As we build experience and capacity, UCC will gradually expand to address multiple partner-directed projects each year.