How It Works

Overview

What is it?

The Community Sustainability Partnership Program (CSPP) connects the University of South Florida with a community partner for the duration of an academic year (August – May). The service region includes Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk Counties. Community partners may include, but are not limited to, municipal and county governments, special districts, transportation authorities, regional planning agencies, economic development agencies, non-profits, businesses, or a combination of entities.

Each year, the selected partner will receive support from USF's faculty and students, through service-learning courses, to address sustainability goals and mobilize local resources. Projects are identified by the partner and addressed within existing USF curricula. 

Projects may focus on a range of issues important to the community, such as urban reuse and brownfield redevelopment, food access and nutrition, multimodal transportation, parks and public spaces, age-friendly communities, and economic opportunity. Projects could take the form of asset/needs assessments, policy or design proposals, program evaluations, or an economic feasibility report, any of which can translate into tangible results for the community partner.