UniverCity Alliance

The City of Monona is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Madison on its first ever UniverCity Year. The UniverCity Year is a year long partnership modeled after Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program. Cross-disciplinary teams from existing UW-Madison courses will work on city-initiated projects. The UniverCity Alliance aims to connect education, service and research on campus with cities to further the practice of sustainability.  The Alliance convenes representatives from UW-Madison's COWS, Global Health Institute, Institute for Research on Poverty, Morgridge Center for Public Service, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and UW-Extension.

Below is a list of the four main topic areas with the final reports and presentations for each course.

Housing & Development
Coursework from Urban and Regional Planning and the UW Business School's Real Estate Program will inform Monona's housing and redevelopment goals by providing analysis of different types of housing occupancy characteristics and creating development proposals for strategic sites. 

Sustainable Transportation
The UW will help Monona better understand existing bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure and connections, and focusing of access for specific populations/destinations including children and schools. 

Community Media
These projects will assess current connectivity and WiFi technology infrastructure in the city, thinking about how it can be linked to public services, and examining the potential for creating new shared high-technology resources for public safety, businesses and citizens. 

Parks & Recreation 
Students will provide details to the master plans of Ahuska and Winnequah Parks for future improvement.  This includes looking at uses and maintenance of the parks, physical repairs and upgrades, programming and impacts to surrounding habitat. 

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