Community Sustainability Partnership Program

USF Partners with City of Palmetto

USF has selected the City of Palmetto to be its first community partner for the inaugural year of the Community Sustainability Partnership Program (CSPP, pronounced CUSP). The selection of Palmetto as the first CSPP partner, following a request for applicants in the Tampa Bay region, marks the launch of a year-long partnership during which students and faculty will work with community officials to complete projects of importance to the Palmetto community.

The campus-wide program will engage faculty and students in service-learning courses from a diversity of disciplines, such as architecture and community design, criminal justice, education, engineering, sustainability, urban planning and more. A complete list of projects is still being finalized, with initial ideas ranging from community policing to helping map utilities or design a linear park that ties into community assets and supports walking and cycling.  

"This is an amazing opportunity for USF faculty and students to make a difference in the City of Palmetto, " said Kristine Williams, CSPP Program Manager and CUTR Director of Transportation Planning Research. "The enthusiasm and ideas of our student body can give the City political space to innovate, while giving students a powerful learning experience in a real world environment." A kick-off event involving city officials, USF faculty and students is being planned for August of 2016, together with an announcement detailing the approved projects and courses.

USF's Community Sustainability Partnership Program is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N). CSPP will be administered through the USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships.

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