Pioneers for Sustainable Communities

What is P4SC?

In AY15/16, a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) was created to explore adopting the University of Oregon Sustainable City Year (SCY) model at CSU East Bay. The FLC was led by Dr. Karina Garbesi (AGES) and comprised of Dr. Lonny Brooks (Communication), Dr. Craig Derksen (Philosophy), Dr. Nina Haft (Theatre & Dance), and Dr. Michael Lee (AGES), with support from Jillian Buckholz (Sustainability), Erik Pearson (City of Hayward), and Andrea Wells (Center for Community Engagement).

The FLC held several meetings, conducted ample research on the SCY model at the University of Oregon and other campuses, and brought SCY co-creator, Nico Larco, to CSU East Bay to meet with top campus administrators and the City of Hayward staff to help garner support. In Spring 2016, President Morishita pledged to support a pilot of SCY at the CSU East Bay campus and this support was equally met by the City of Hayward mayor and city council members.

Cal State East Bay is piloting “Pioneers for Sustainable Communities” (P4SC) (our version of the Sustainable City Year Program and part of the EPIC-Networkin collaboration with the City of Hayward. Multiple P4SC courses are running simultaneously on a range of projects contracted between the city and the university. The primary goals are: to provide students with real-world research experience; to apply the intellectual horsepower of faculty and the energy of students to projects of significant importance to the community, and to facilitate progress toward a more sustainable, desirable, and inclusive world.

Become a P4SC Community Partner

Cal State East Bay is requesting proposals from local governments to serve as the Community Partner (CP) for our P4SC project for academic year 2017-2018. The project pairs CP staff with university faculty, who guide students in existing courses in work that facilitates the CP's sustainability, social justice, and quality of life goals. In this way the expertise of a broad range of faculty, and the time, enthusiasm, and commitment of hundreds of students, is leveraged to help achieve the goals of the community. This highly efficient model thereby provides the CP with thousands of hours of student research and fresh ideas, greatly expanding research capacity and innovation potential at low cost, while benefiting students by engaging them in projects that improve their own communities and better prepare them for as future professionals and citizens. The deadline for proposals is March 3, 2017.

What is happening this year?

Cal State East Bay has partnered with the City of Hayward to pilot P4SC during the 2016-2017 academic year. See the table below for the courses involved.

Are you a student taking a P4SC Course? Follow these instructions to find and log placements in S4.

Fall 2016
Programming in Leisure Services REC 2200 Examination of factors influencing the planning processes of designing small and large activities or events. Planning and conducting activities for groups with attention to assuring social justice for ability, ethnic and cultural diversity. Active learning required.
Fundamentals of GIS GEOG 3030 Fundamentals of location-related information management, manipulation, and display. Usage of commercially available GIS software in business; education; and physical, social and life sciences.
Environmental Ethics (FULL Littering and Compost) PHIL 3151 Philosophical conceptions of nature and the environment, and human responsibilities towards it, drawn from different historical and cultural traditions.
Introduction to Liberal Studies HUM 2010 Introduction to the application of inter- and multidiscipinary perspectives to selected contemporary issues. Emphasis on form, argument, and evidence in written and/or digital presentations. Grading: A-F grading only.
Introduction to Information Literacy LIBY 1210 Students have a list of urban hot topics, several of which were provided by staff at the City of Hayward, on which to conduct research. They will produce a cover letter memo to be sent to the appropriate city council member. Attached with the memo will be an annotated bibliography containing five credible sources that describe the issue, illuminate an alternate understanding of the issue, or provide (potential) solutions
Winter 2017
Management and Supervisorion in HRT REC 3510 The art and science of managing and supervising employees, including seasonal, contract and full time professionals with different bureaucratic constrictions on job duties and responsibilities. Exploration of hiring, training, motivation, discipline, legal, ADA and ethical concerns in public leisure settings.
Management and Supervisorion in HRT REC 3510 The art and science of managing and supervising employees, including seasonal, contract and full time professionals with different bureaucratic constrictions on job duties and responsibilities. Exploration of hiring, training, motivation, discipline, legal, ADA and ethical concerns in public leisure settings.
Fundamentals of GIS GEOG 3030 Fundamentals of location-related information management, manipulation, and display. Usage of commercially available GIS software in business; education; and physical, social and life sciences.
Relational Communication in Organizations COMM 4107 Personal, public and professional relationships in organizational life. From family communication to entering and departing work situations, superior-subordinate relations, evaluating performance, harassment, and conflict. Organizational pathologies and healthy communication.
Quantitative Communication Research Methods COMM 3004 Quantitative research methodology as applied to communication contexts, including survey research, observation, and experiments. Emphasis will include development, writing, understanding, and presentation of descriptive and inferential statistics in communication research.
Introduction to Information Literacy LIBY 1210 Students have a list of urban hot topics, several of which were provided by staff at the City of Hayward, on which to conduct research. They will produce a cover letter memo to be sent to the appropriate city council member. Attached with the memo will be an annotated bibliography containing five credible sources that describe the issue, illuminate an alternate understanding of the issue, or provide (potential) solutions.
Spring 2017
Administration and Budgeting in Recreation REC 4000 Study of organizational management including human resources, financial strategies (including introduction to preparing budgets), strategic planning, organizational culture, risk management, ethics, and legal aspects of management.
Applications of GIS GEOG 4605 Interdisciplinary applications of GIS technology on the mapping, monitoring, analysis, management and conservation of environmental resources such as water, land use, agriculture and wildlife.
Relational Communication in Organizations COMM 4107 Personal, public and professional relationships in organizational life. From family communication to entering and departing work situations, superior-subordinate relations, evaluating performance, harassment, and conflict. Organizational pathologies and healthy communication.
Applying Theory and Methods of Human Development HDEV 3203 Application of theories and methods learned in HDEV 3201 and 3202 to people, organizations, and/or settings in the community. Includes a service learning component.

How does it work?

For an overview of the model connecting Cal State East Bay with local governments, watch this video:


For more information or to get involved, contact p4sc@csueastbay.edu.

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