photoThe Sustainable City Project is an interdisciplinary collaboration between UA’s Drachman Institute, College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA), the Institute of the Environment, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). It serves as an educational and outreach interface between the university and the larger Tucson community focusing on issues of sustainable urban development and livable cities through education, outreach and research.

Part think tank, part urban design studio, part community forum, the project develops community-based solutions to complex urban challenges, including renewable energy, climate change, economic development, affordable housing, multi-modal transportation, water management, public health, and ecosystem and heritage conservation.

Through the UA partnership, the Project is designed to build and support teams composed of university faculty and students representing a diverse array of academic disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, environmental science, geography and development and public administration—and representatives from local and state agencies, community groups, developers, business and industry.

The Sustainable City Project is based at UA Downtown in the historic Roy Place Building at Stone Avenue and Pennington Street in Tucson. There, UA faculty members and students can connect with city officials and staff, community leaders and project developers for dialogue, vision, analysis and development of sustainable scenarios for the future.

UA Downtown also serves as a forum where academic, civic, cultural and business leaders can meet to discuss sustainability scenarios for the future of Tucson and Southern Arizona.

For more information, contact Drachman Institute Director R. Brooks Jeffery at (520) 621-2991 or

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