Overview

CITIES UNITED FOR SCIENCE PROGRESS
A Partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and DuPont

Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) is a partnership between The United States Conference of Mayors and DuPont. Entering its 5th year CUSP has become part of the fabric of the USCM in its goal of delivering resources and solutions to America's cities. Through the $3 million Lead-Safe…for Kids' Sake grant program and the acclaimed Science in the School Day initiative, over 30 cities have received grants, and 57 cities have been visited and close to 14,000 elementary school children have participated in the USCM-DuPont partnership.

Lead-Safe for Kids' Sake grant program

One of the major components of CUSP is the Lead-Safe for Kids Sake grant program. By blending financial support and scientific know-how from DuPont, the USCM and DuPont are assisting mayors in making their neighborhoods safer and smarter.. This grant program focuses on innovation and results yy rewarding cities for taking direct action to lessen the occurrence of childhood lead poisoning. The USCM and DuPont are part of the solution by making our cities healthier.

Since 2002, $3 million dollars has been granted to cities from DuPont through Lead-Safe for Kid's Sake. Over 30 cities are now closer to being lead-safe because of the USCM and DuPont's partnership. Through the USCM, mayors are supplying laboratories in which to test ideas and methods on making neighborhoods lead-safe, while DuPont rewards the innovative thought. Through this grant program, the USCM and DuPont hope to encourage cities both big and small from all regions of the country to get lead efforts to make their communities lead-safe.

The 2006 grant awardees were announced in Las Vegas at the USCM 74th Annual Meeting. The winners were: Award for Excellence ($175,000), Mayor Gary Becker of Racine, Wis; Awards for Distinction ($100,000) Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus, Ohio and Mayor Martin O'Malley of Baltimore, Md.

The winning applications are posted on the web-site under best practices. We will occasionally be posting previous winning and non-winning applications that we believe are truly best practices. We hope these will assist other cities on learning how to make their cities lead-safe.

The 2007 Lead-Safe for Kids' Sake awards competition will be officially opened January 2007 at the USCM Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. Deadlines for submission will be in April of 2007 and the winners will be announced in Los Angeles at the 75th USCM Annual Meeting.

In recognizing and honoring the mayor's best practices with significant resources in cities across the country, DuPont is working with the mayors toward the goal of making America lead-safe.

Science in the School Day

The Science in the School Day initiative teams up DuPont field engineers with mayors to visit schools and help students explore the miracles of science. As of May 2006, 57 mayors across the country have participated. Science in the School Day is an effortless way for a mayor to open up a new world of possibilities for students and possibly influence more kids to choose to explore fields in math and science.

CUSP enables DuPont field engineers to perform an hour and a half science experiment with elementary school students and the mayor. This program is based on the popular PBS television show Zoom and its Zoom Into Engineering program. Zoom is a daily PBS television series, website and outreach campaign that challenges kids to explore and experiment as engineers do in their everyday profession. Our two most popular ZOOM activities, the "puff mobile" and the "gumdrop" dome, enable kids to develop confidence in problem solving and science at an early age. CUSP borrowed the Zoom Into Engineering concept and tailored to fit within its DuPont/USCM partnership by bringing it into the classroom with America's mayors. We travel to two or more cities nationwide per month to deliver quality scientific resources to mayors and their communities. In 2005, 716 school children participated, and to date close to 14,000 school children have been reached through Science in the School Day.

If you would like to bring Science in the School Day to your city, contact Westin Rinehart. Westin Rinehart manages all the logistics for the CUSP partnership between DuPont and The U.S. Conference of Mayors. Westin Rinehart will coordinate with the mayor's office to identify in which school(s) they would like to do the Science in the School Day. There is no cost to the city or the school as DuPont and The U.S. Conference of Mayors pays for everything including: ordering and bringing supplies for the kids, securing a DuPont engineer to fly-in to the city to perform the experiment with the kids, writing the press release for the city and distributing to media outlets announcing the mayor has brought Science in the School Day to their city, and drafting talking points for the mayor for the event.

DuPont's largest Science in the School Days to date

On February 28, 2006 Chicago Mayor Richard Daley held a city-wide Science in the School Day in 100 public schools across the city. Mayor Daley has recruited business and civic leaders to lead experiments in 99 schools, while he himself will lead the 100th experiment with children at Finkl Academy. Chicago's Science in the School Day will reach more than 7,700 children in one day. Students will participate in the "gumdrop dome" experiment and more than 75,000 gumdrops and 185,000 toothpicks were purchased by DuPont for this event and packaged by special-ed students at Chicago Public Schools.

On March 29, 2006 Mobile Mayor Samuel Jones held a city-wide Science in the School Day in seven public schools across the city. Mayor Jones, along with city council members and school board officials, participated in the event which reached more than 650 Mobile 4th graders in one day. Mayor Jones and a school board representative partook in the puff mobile experiment with 140 of the schoolchildren at Eichold-Mertz elementary school. Local DuPont engineers were on hand at each of the seven schools to discuss the importance of science with the children and help with the creation of student's puff mobiles.

Cities who have hosted a Science in the School Day

  • Akron, OH Science in the School Day with Mayor Donald Plusquellic
  • Augusta, GA Science in the School Day with Mayor Bob Young
  • Baltimore, MD Science in the School Day with Mayor Martin O'Malley
  • Bayonne, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Joseph V. Doria, Jr.
  • Beaumont, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Guy N. Goodson
  • Biloxi, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor A.J. Holloway
  • Birmingham, AL Science in the School Day with Mayor Bernard Kincaid
  • Burnsville, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
  • Cedar Rapids, IA Science in the School Day with Mayor Paul Pate
  • Chicago, IL Science in the School Day with Mayor Richard Daley
  • Dallas, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Laura Miller
  • Denver, CO Science in the School Day with Mayor John Hicklehopper
  • Dearborn, MI Science in the School Day with Mayor Michael Guido
  • Elizabeth, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Chris Bollwage
  • Frenchtown, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Ron Sworen
  • Gary, IN Science in the School Day with Mayor Scott King
  • Gulfport, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Brent Warr
  • Green Bay, WI Science in the School Day with Mayor Jim Schmitt
  • Hamilton, NJ Science in the School with Mayor Glen Gilmore
  • Hope, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Tim McDonough
  • Irvington, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Wayne Smith
  • Jersey City, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Jeremiah Healy
  • Jackson, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr
  • Kansas City, MO Science in the School Day with Mayor Kay Barnes
  • Key West, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Jimmy Weekly
  • Laredo, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Elizabeth Flores
  • Louisville, KY Science in the School Day with Mayor Jerry E. Abramson
  • Lexington, KY Science in the School Day with Mayor Teresa Isaac
  • Las Vegas, NV Science in the School Day with Mayor Oscar Goodman
  • Long Beach, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Billy Skellie
  • Macon, GA Science in the School Day with Mayor C. Jack Ellis
  • Miramar, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Lori Mosley
  • Minneapolis, MN Science in the School Day with Mayor R.T. Ryback
  • Miami, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Manny Diaz
  • Mount Vernon, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor Ernest Davis
  • Mobile, AL Science in the School Day with Mayor Samuel Jones
  • Meridian, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor John Robert Smith
  • Nashville, TN Science in the School Day with Mayor Bill Purcell
  • Natchez, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Phillip Curtis West
  • Oklahoma City, OK Science in the School Day with Mayor Mick Cornet
  • Orlando, FL Science in the School Day with Mayor Glenda Hood
  • Pass Christian, MS Science in the School Day with Mayor Billy McDonald
  • Phoenix, AZ Science in the School Day with Mayor Phil Gordon
  • Piscataway, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Brian Whaler
  • Philadelphia, PA Science in the School Day with Mayor John Street
  • Providence, RI Science in the School Day with Mayor David Cicilline
  • Racine, WI Science in the School Day with Mayor Gary Becker
  • Redmond, CA Science in the School Day with Mayor Rosemarie M. Ives
  • Rochester, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor William Johnson, Jr.
  • Salt Lake City, UT Science in the School Day
  • Sugar Land, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor David Wallace
  • San Antonio, TX Science in the School Day with Mayor Ed Garza
  • Syracuse, NY Science in the School Day with Mayor Matt Driscoll
  • Trenton, NJ Science in the School Day with Mayor Doug Palmer
  • Virginia Beach, VA Science in the School Day with Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf
  • Wauwatosa, WI Science in the School Day
  • Wilmington, DE Science in the School Day with Mayor James M. Baker

For more information

Please contact Jennifer Calloway, Staff Director of CUSP at Westin Rinehart, with any questions or to learn how to bring CUSP to your city. Jennifer can be reached by phone at 202-466-7324 or by e-mail at jennifer@westinrinehart.com. For additional information on the CUSP partnership, log on to www.cusponline.org.