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The Resilient Cities Initiative (RCI)

The Resilient Cities Initiative (RCI) is an interdisciplinary applied research think-tank for cities and communities established by the Institute for Sustainable Development at California State University, Chico in 2016. The RCI connects real-world community sustainability projects – identified and funded by partner agencies – with faculty expertise and student innovation, scaled for impact, from departments and disciplines across the University’s academic colleges. Partner agencies are able to harness incredible momentum to ‘move the needle’ on pressing community projects by focusing a broad and coordinated cross-section of the University’s academic resources on them. The RCI directly engages hundreds of CSU, Chico students each academic year, providing impactful opportunities for them to put theory to practice in their own community and region.

RCI's Current Project: South Campus Neighborhood Project

CSU, Chico's South Campus Neighborhood Project Recognized at CHESC 2016

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The RCI is a member of the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC)-Network, an international network of over 30 university-community partnership programs that work at a large scale to advance the needs of communities while training the next generation workforce and leadership. EPIC is radically simple, working within administrative structures of universities and communities to achieve tremendous outcomes for all involved. The partnership is defined over a fixed amount of time, in a way that advances the needs of both communities and students. An EPIC partnership fosters community innovation and leverages the largely untapped expertise concentrated in a university towards real community issues, in a high-visibility and high-impact manner, all while giving students the applied learning experiences they crave.
Learn more about the EPIC-Network

RCI Co-Director:
Fletcher Alexander
Institute for Sustainable Development
California State University, Chico
falexander@csuchico.edu

RCI Co-Director:
Dr. James C. Pushnik
Professor Emeritus
Institute for Sustainable Development
California State University, Chico
jpushnik@csuchico.edu

RCI Program Coordinator:
Jordan Alm
Institute for Sustainable Development
California State University, Chico 
jalm@csuchico.edu

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