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Sustainable Business Oregon: 3 Portland neighborhoods selected for deep sustainability work
Author: Mason Walker
Posted: June 16, 2014

Read the original article from Sustainable Business Oregon here.

Portland State University has selected three city neighborhoods where it will test district-scale sustainability.

PSU first launched the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative in 2013, a multi-year program that brings together teams from across the university to pilot efforts around waste reduction, energy efficiency, transportation, building design and urban livability.

The three neighborhoods selected for the program span three different quadrants of Portland. They are Northeast's Lloyd District, the South of Market (SoMa) area surrounding Portland State's campus in Southwest Portland and a large swath of Southeast Portland that includes the Foster-Powell and Lents neighborhoods.

"The neighborhood scale is the right scale for impact. PSU is looking to go deep with a handful of neighborhoods in Portland, developing programs and practices to improve district-scale sustainability in a manner that can be replicated elsewhere," said Christina Williams, a spokesperson for the university.

The program is similar to the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative, an interdisciplinary program that chooses a small Oregon city each year to explore urban sustainability solutions.

The three neighborhoods selected by PSU match up with existing EcoDistricts, a designation given in 2010 to five Portland neighborhoods to encourage sustainable development.