Our Winter 2015 Sustainable Cities officially kicked off today with our first Meet and Greet with Community Partners.
Now in its sixth year, Sustainable Cities is a service learning course offered through Stanford University’s Program on Urban Studies. Participants in the course engage in hands-on, experiential learning while they work collaboratively with Bay Area government agencies and community organizations to support their sustainability goals. The class is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students from a multitude of disciplines, ranging from urban studies to civil and environmental engineering to earth systems and public policy, to support clients on meaningful fieldwork-based projects.
This year, we are working with 5 community partners throughout the Bay Area from San Jose to Oakland! The projects will involve the following: 1) working with Friends of Caltrain to assess the feasibility of an equitable and integrated Bay Area public transportation fare structure; 2) collaborating with Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto to conduct oral histories to create a publicly accessible map of residential displacement and impact of lack of affordable housing in San Mateo County; 3) developing a public engagement strategy for household hazardous waste disposal with the City of San Jose Environmental Services Department; 4) creating a toolkit with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to increase bicycle ridership among women in San Francisco, and 5) providing programmatic support and analysis for the soft-story residential retrofit program for the Resilient Oakland Initiative.
Follow our adventures here on this blog throughout the quarter!