Community engagement is the cornerstone of the Institute for Sustainable Communities. We believe in the importance of creating long-term change through co-learning with communities around strategic needs while supporting communities in actualizing their own resilience. We work collaboratively to increase a community’s adaptive capacity, through community action and ‘citizen science.’ The results of ‘citizen science’ guide future conversations about what additional knowledge is necessary and what strategies are most appropriate for addressingthe complex issues linked to community resiliency. To do this, we work with the Texas Target Communities program in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.
Living laboratories integrate research and solution-based innovative processes in order to co-create with the people of the community solutions to solve the most pressing issues of today.
All of our efforts are only possible through the relationships with have formed with local interested groups, citizens, education centers, and community leaders.