The Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) develops multi-year partnerships with cities and government entities to integrate a set of city-identified sustainability projects into existing St. Thomas courses across disciplines. Our partnerships seek to catalyze systems-level change towards sustainability in the Twin Cities area and prepare students for the complexities of contemporary society by engaging students in innovative, real-world problem-solving to advance our partner cities' sustainability goals.
St. Thomas students are equipped to investigate a wide range of sustainability and quality of life issues covering social, economic, and environmental topics through St. Thomas' graduate programs in business, law, education, public policy, social work, and engineering as well as undergraduate degrees in the natural and social sciences and humanities.
For cities, SCP provides creative approaches to move city-identified, high-priority sustainability goals forward. Cities often face limited resources to investigate sustainability and quality of life issues. SCP seeks to reduce those barriers by linking existing graduate and undergraduate courses at St. Thomas to investigate creative solutions and approaches to city-identified projects.
For faculty, SCP provides curricular and logistical support to integrate experiential and applied learning into existing courses to enrich teaching and student learning.
For students, SCP provides experiential learning opportunities to engage in real-world issues, develop creative problem solving skills, and to collaboratively advance the common good.
University-Community Partnership Model
SCP is a founding member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N). SCP's partner, the City of Elk River, received EPIC-N's community partner of the year award for the 2016-2017 academic year!