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Awards & Certifications

Awards, certifications, and recognition earned by Portland State University for work in the areas of planning and sustainability.

Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) Gold Rating three times in a row. One of only two gold-rated institutions in Oregon. 





One of three Tree Campuses in Oregon, this award recognizes colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. 



Originally certified in 2006, PSU re-cerfified in April of 2015. The certification represents efforts to protect water quality and downstream salmon habitat, especially regarding PSU's management of stormwater.







Recognized as one of America's Greenest Universities for 2015 by







One of 22 colleges and universities to be listed on the 2014 Princeton Green Honor Roll, out of 832 institutions.





Named a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists. One of only four gold-rated universities in the country.






Ranked in top 10 schools with the greatest percent reduction in electricity in Campus Conservation Nationals.



Selected as one of ten 2013 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award winners.



Included in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges 4 years in a row. One of seven Oregon institutions listed.





Sierra Cool Schools list, 34th in 2014, out of 173 total ranked.







Montgomery Green Street project recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) award in 2012.



Designated as a "Changemaker Campus" by Ashoka U, one of 24 intitutions nationwide.


LEED Building Certifications


  • Collaborative Life Sciences Building
  • Lincoln hall


  • Academic & Student Recreation Center (ASRC)
  • Engineering Building
  • Science Research & Teaching Center (SRTC)
  • Shattuck Hall


  • Broadway Residence Hall
  • Biology Research Greenhouses
  • Stephen Epler Residence Hall