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Project Cities Benefits

Benefits to Cities

  • Educated workforce of sustainability scholars and scientists
  • Fresh research-supported ideas for sticky municipal challenges
  • Lower risk in exploring sustainability pathways
  • Additional student research capacity for project support

Benefits to Students

  • Hands-on experience applying sustainability principles and practices
  • Exposure to professional work environments
  • Stakeholder engagement experience
  • Project work experience applicable to future employment opportunities

Benefits to Faculty

  • Engage with city staff invested in project success
  • Work with academic colleagues on transdisciplinary projects
  • Complex and challenging community work
  • Attracts motivated, top tier students
  • Increases student engagement
  • Media attention to courses and projects

Program Outcomes

  • Build capacity of city staff, city residents and participating students
  • Viable solution options to complex, systemic challenges
  • Engaged stakeholders, students and city staff
  • Professional reports detailing sustainability pathways and strategies
  • Policy and infrastructure improvements and/or innovative solutions to systemic challenges