CityLabs puts the academic resources of ACTC and the civic resources of our city partner to work to create a more sustainable and livable Twin Cities.

CityLabs is a faculty-driven, yearlong partnership between ACTC and one partner city in the Twin Cities metropolitan region. Experienced faculty and staff take on real projects proposed by the city partner by integrating them into existing courses throughout the academic year. This in-depth collaboration lets our city partner advance its sustainability initiatives while ACTC students and faculty get to work on real civic problems and produce tangible solutions.

CityLabs is an early member of a national network of sustainability initiatives adapted from the Sustainable City Year Program at the University of Oregon. CityLabs is unique: we are the only program that focuses on the ways undergraduate liberal arts students can improve resilience and livability in our region, and we are the only program that brings the strengths of multiple colleges and universities together to serve our city partners.

Launched in 2012, CityLabs has taken on more than a dozen projects for the City of Saint Paul, ranging from resource protection and water reclamation work to community awareness and communications projects. Learn more about our projects.