A team of faculty and staff members from the UConn Cities Collaborative (UCC) Steering Committee attended the Sustainable Cities Year Conference held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Over 50 people from 23 universities attended the conference, which took place April 12-14. Nine universities attended the event for a second or third time to share their SCY-launching experiences and best practices.
The conference offered training for university representatives and city officials interested in adopting and adapting the SCY model to their home institutions and community contexts. It also provided targeted capacity-building sessions such as external communications, program evaluation, and best practices for working with city partners.
Professors Anne Farrell and Kristin Schwab presented an update on the UCC initiative and communicating with city partners. Barbara McGrath of CULI, Inc. was the third member of the team bringing new insight and energy to the UCC iniative which has a pilot partnership with the City of Bridgeport and a newly formed collaboration with Hartford.