Why Partner With SSCC

 SIUE provost, SSCC faculty director and Alton Mayor


The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's’ Successful Communities Collaborative (SSCC) is a project that partners with local communities in Illinois and surrounding areas to improve various aspects of life and address issues of sustainability.

SSCC works with students and faculty to achieve sustainability needs of its partners by pairing existing academic courses with the goals of each project.

The pilot year took off in fall 2017, with Highland and Godfrey as community partners. SSCC’s program worked with SIUE’s School of Nursing (SON) students and Highland city officials to combat opioid use, and the SIUE Department of Public Health students worked with the Village of Godfrey, where the recycling project ‘Greener Godfrey’ took off successfully.

Our current partner is the City of Alton where students, faculty and city administrators are working in collaboration to:

• Develop a marketing strategy to boost tourism and economic development

• Evaluate best practices for business incubation and small business start-up initiatives

• Develop traffic and transportation recommendations for residential neighborhoods

• Create a mobile app to focus on small businesses and retail offerings unique to Alton

“I’d like to thank SIUE for choosing to partner with the City of Alton,” said Mayor Brant Walker. “Although there are many positive things happening in Alton, the assistance from the SSCC will bring increased energy and focus to local community and economic development efforts, that will make Alton an even better place to live and visit.”


Want to Submit An Application?

If you are an association, agency, business, agency, city or municipality in the Metro East or St. Louis area, SSCC is here to help you tackle your sustainability projects.

Applications for potential partners for 2019/2020 academic year are currently ongoing. Contact SSCC Faculty Director,Dr Connie Frey-Spurlock (cfrey@siue.edu)  today with your questions. She is here to help you understand what the partnership entails and guide you in the application process. Download the form here

SSCC’s mission is to connect communities with the students and faculty of SIUE while building strong partnerships and impacting sustainable change.

Application Deadline – DECEMBER 15, 2018