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University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program Small City Pilot to Kick Off in La Pine

WHAT: Sustainable City Year Program (“SCYP”) La Pine Partnership Kick-off Celebration

DATE: January 12, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (event) and 12:30 to 3:00 (site visits)

PLACE: La Pine Senior Center, 16450 Victory Way, La Pine, OR 97739 (event); site visit locations vary

 WHO: University of Oregon students and faculty, City of La Pine leadership and community members

DETAILS: Advanced undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from business, architecture, and journalism courses will travel to La Pine on Friday, January 12 to officially launch the SCYP Small City Pilot. They will be joined by city officials at the event. The day’s schedule includes both a reception and site visits.

DRAFT AGENDA (may be revised before January 12)

11:00 – 11:20: Reception begins

11:20 – 11:25: Welcome by SCI Co-Director Marc Schlossberg

11:25 – 11:37: La Pine leadership comments

11:37 – 11:40: The Ford Family Foundation comments

11:40 – 12:05: Introduce projects and Faculty (SCYP Manager Megan Banks)

  1.    Honors Business
  2. Passive Heating
  3. Engaged Journalism
  4. Bicycle Transportation
  5. Nonprofit Consultancy
  6. Additional projects TBD

12:05 – 12:10: Concluding remarks (SCI, La Pine)

12:30: Students attend site visits; press encouraged to attend

About the Sustainable City Year Program

The Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) matches students with an Oregon city, county, special district, tribe, or partnership of governments for an entire academic year. Students work on partner-identified projects to provide ideas for real solutions to community challenges and sustainable development. The SCYP model was developed by the University of Oregon in 2009 and is now being adopted and adapted by 30 universities throughout the U.S. As of May 2017, the model is also going global, and is expected to expand to over 20 countries spanning the African, European, Asian, and South American continents. Together, these programs form the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N). This groundbreaking network will continue to enhance the innovative “Oregon Model” and help communities across the world address sustainability practices while educating and training the next generation.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of “Very High Research Activity” in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO is also one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

SOURCE: Megan Banks, SCYP Manager, 541-346 6395,

Volunteers Sought for
“Point-in-Time” Homeless Count

By  Staff Writer

“There but for fortune go you or I,” sang legendary folk performer Joan Baez. And if, like so many Americans, you’re reliant on each paycheck to ensure your family’s solvency, it may come as a surprise to learn how homelessness is defined. And how close many people are – should their circumstances change slightly — to fitting within that definition.

If someone is: living and sleeping outside; sleeping in a place not meant for human habitation; staying in a shelter; fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence; forced to stay with a series of friends and/or extended family members; or lacking a stable housing situation to which they can return – that person is considered homeless.

According to Lori Henry, Executive Director of La Pine’s Community Kitchen: “A crisis of homelessness exists in our county and in our country. We confront it on a daily basis at the Community Kitchen. There is such need – from locating immediate shelter, to matching the right level of services and housing resources to the individual, and dealing with mental health issues and drug abuse. Your heart strings get pulled, and you want to do more to find solutions.”

La Pine area residents can do more this month – entailing one hour of training and a minimum two-hour commitment.

As Henry explains, “during the last 10 days of January, there is a nationwide effort to count every homeless person across the country. The “Point-in-Time” survey attempts to capture both sheltered and unsheltered homeless people to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the U.S.

“The effort is conducted by staff from homeless assistance agencies, county and city employees, and hundreds of volunteers across Oregon,” she continued. “Along with the total number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, information is also gathered on a wide range of characteristics such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, veteran status and disability status.

“The Point-in-Time survey is an important source of data about neighbors who cannot find a place to call home,” Henry emphasized. “The information subsequently helps determine dollar amounts for housing assistance, and is used as a tool by homeless advocates in raising awareness – with our city council and county commissioners, for example.”

This year’s survey will be conducted January 24-26 at a variety of locations in the La Pine and Sunriver areas. For more information, or to take part as a volunteer, call the Community Kitchen at 541-536-1312.