USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Improving cities through research, education, and community outreach


Links to University Urban Sustainability Research Centers

The first phase of CSC research project, “Towards Evidence-Based Sustainable Communities” , sponsored by the Urban Institute, included an inventory and survey to University-based Urban Sustainability Research Centers. As part of this project, we are providing links and contact information for the Centers identified:

Research Center University

Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for a Sustainable California University of California, Berkeley
Center for a Sustainable Future Cornell University
Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development Georgia Institute of Technology
Center for Resilience Ohio State University
Center for Sustainable Building Research University of Minnesota
Center for Sustainable Development University of Texas at Austin
Center for Sustainable Systems University of Michigan
Center for Sustainable Urban Development Columbia University
Center for Urban Research City University of New York Graduate Center
CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities City University of New York
Global Institute of Sustainability Arizona State University
Initiative for Sustainability and Energy Northwestern University
Institute for Energy and the Environment The Ohio State University
Institute for Sustainability Planning and Governance The College of New Jersey
(website for the Municipal Land Use Center, the parent center)
Institute of Transportation Studies University of California, Irvine, (There are also affiliated ITS centers at Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles)
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation University of Pittsburgh
Metropolitan Design Center University of Minnesota
National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education University of Maryland
Northwest Center for Livable Communities University of Washington – Seattle
Northwestern Institute of Sustainable Practices Northwestern University
Rutgers Center for Green Building Rutgers University
Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (“SAGE”) University of Wisconsin – Madison
Sustainable Cities Initiative University of Oregon
Sustainable Transportation Center University of California, Davis
Sustainable Transportation Systems Program Iowa State University
The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development University of California, Riverside
The Earth Institute Columbia University
The Institute for Energy Efficiency University of California, Santa Barbara
The Sustainable Communities Initiative of the Metropolitan Institute Virginia Tech
Transportation Research Center University of Vermont
Tyson Research Center Washington University in Saint Louis
Urban Ecology Research Laboratory University of Washington – Seattle

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