The Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design (BRC) builds university-community partnerships, knowledge, leadership capacity, networks and livelihood opportunties needed for making "Healthy Places, Healthy People, Healthy Communities." Three overarching objectives motivate our efforts: (1) enable the sustainability transition, (2) democratize science and technologies of human settlement, and (3) enhance communication systems for public reasoning in sustainability planning, policy and design. Accordingly: 

  • We address some of the 21st century's most complicated, interlocking challenges including: food-energy-water security; climate change; and health disparities.
  • We generate theories of change, plans, policies and designs to make human settlements more adaptive and resilient while eradicating root causes of ecological degradation, poverty, social strife and injustice.
  • We co-design and do civically engaged research with residents and organizations of disadvantaged neighborhoods and communities.
  • We improve how human and natural systems interact in our buildings, infrastructure, landscapes and designs for healthy and active living.
  • We advance a bioregional approach that highlights urban-rural-hinterland interdependencies and the importance of a healthy sense of place linking land and people.
  • We create multisector, interdisciplinary, place-based knowledge-action collaboratives that join planning, health and science.
  • We share knowledge and tools for sustainablity science, planning and design through diverse academic, public, and social multimedia venues.
  • We inspire and enable "rooted community development," the "bioregional transition" and the rise of the "Rooted University"