Project Cities releases first Impact Report, measuring five years of community partnerships
Since its start in 2017, Project Cities has partnered with four local communities, engaged 38 interdisciplinary faculty members, and facilitated over 75 high-impact projects with over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As we look back on a transformative five years and celebrate our recent President’s Medal for Social Embeddedness, Project Cities is excited to announce the release of its first Impact Report.
“It has been an exciting and rewarding five years of Project Cities at Arizona State University. As a new member to the team this past year, I was immediately impressed by the high caliber of student projects and impact of the program within our local communities” Julia Colbert, Program Manager, Project Cities
The report documents the impacts of the program, including Project Cities’ advancement of Sustainable Development Goals, project highlights from each community partnership, and messages from leadership.Read the full summary report here.
City of Peoria
Spring 2022 Fine Glass Recycling project led to a new cost-sharing agreement with the Phoenix Municipal Recycling Facility to purchase new equipment for processing fine glass into a viable economy.
Fall 2021 Public Transit & Recycling project informed the City’s redevelopment of the website as well as short informational videos to encourage transit ridership.
The Fall 2019 Water Conservation Practices project led to education and awareness campaigns for Peoria’s residents.
Town of Clarkdale
Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Downtown Business Revitalization project provided the Town with much-needed guidance on its downtown redevelopment and tourism efforts. Many of the recommended elements have been adapted to the Town’s strategic plan.
Multi-semester Smart Town project provided recommendations for the Town to adapt Wi-Fi connectivity in its Selna-Mongini Park and Clubhouse.
City of Apache Junction
The Spring 2019 Mobile Home Park Transition Plan project informed a larger effort for the City to revisit their codes and redevelopment plans for a variety of housing types.
The Fall 2017 Off-Leash Dog Park project reinvigorated the City’s dog park project. Key student recommendations informed the dog park site selection, amenities, and funding strategies. The Dutchman Dog Park opened in Spring 2022 with a “Leash Cutting” ceremony.
City of Glendale
The Fall 2019 Recycling Program Enhancement project informed efforts to revitalize Glendale’s recycling program following the market crash for recyclable materials.
The Spring 2019 Chemical Storage Tanks Management Plan project provided the City with best management practices for developing an operations and maintenance program to the City’s Above Ground Storage Tank (AST) plan.
“We’re excited to contemplate what Project Cities will accomplish in the next five years and look forward to empowering more students to work with additional communities on the increasing array of challenges facing Arizona...” Anne Reichman, Director, Sustainable Cities Network and Project Cities