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The Building Sustainable Communities Initiative: A New University and Community Partnership
MRIC 2006/07

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"The Building Sustainable Communities Initiative: A New University and Community Partnership"

November 28th 
Steve Hollenhorst
Conservation Social Sciences Steve Drown Landscape Architecture

Abstract: Funded as a part of President White's Strategic Re-Investment Initiative, the project involves creation of three interdependent programs: 1) an academic program in bioregional planning and community design, including an interdisciplinary graduate degree, graduate certificate, and courses for other majors; 2) a Learning and Practice Collaborative that engages UI faculty and students to assist communities with sustainable community planning and development; and 3) a Collaborative for Effective Planning and Governance that delivers non-credit training to improve the competencies of local elected leaders and professionals to plan and manage community resources for sustainable futures. We will discuss the implications of the initiative for Idaho and the region, plans for implementation, and opportunities for faculty, staff, student, and community involvement.

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