Sustainability is a promise that present and future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy productive and rewarding lives. The office of Strategic Partnerships is committed to helping create a more sustainable campus, city, and region. Through collaborations with partners in business, government, and other organizations, Strategic Partnerships aims to discover innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for all today and for future generations.
Our partnerships with the City of Portland, PGE, the Port of Portland, and others have led to the creation of Urban EcoDistricts, Electric Avenue, and many other exciting developments in on and off campus sustainability. Our programs in susainability, including the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, Climate Action, and integration of LEED green building policy are just a few of the ways PSU is infusing sustainability into colleges, schools, and programs across the entire campus.
Visit the Sustainability home page at PSU and navigate the exciting possibilities for pursuing sustainability at the university. Learn about sustainability at PSU.
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) is the hub for sustainability at Portland State, supporting curriculum development, student leadership, and research that contribute to a just, prosperous, and vibrant future for our region and the world. Visit ISS.
Campus Sustainability Office
The Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) aims to ensure continuous improvement in resource conservation at PSU by facilitating collaboration, benchmarking sustainability performance, and aligning operations, policies, and planning with the University's sustainability goals.
Sustainability Leadership Center
The Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC) enhances student success by fostering sustainability engagement and leadership opportunities that help students develop the knowledge, skills, and values to act as leaders in their future careers and communities.
Research within power engineering lab pertains to electrical power systems, particularly distributed & renewable assets and the overlaying smart grid technologies that link them together. Current and past projects include analyzing AMI data to evaluate the efficacy of utility-sponsored mini-split heat pump installations; evaluation of power quality at PSU’s “Electric Avenue” EV charging stations; development of LCOE metrics for energy storage systems; optimization of heat pumps coupled with a thermal mass for residential demand response programs; development of a SQP optimization algorithm for multi-unit hydropower powerhouses; and, aggregation and analysis of synchrophasor data from distribution feeder circuits. The lab is also investigating the design of antenna-coupled cryotrons - superconducting power switches controlled via GHz RF radiation.
Green Building Research Laboratory
An Oregon University System collaboration, suporting the research needs of the green building industry. Visit the GBRL.
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainability offers an integrated series of post-baccalaureate courses that comprise a multidisciplinary study of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability. Students will gain an understanding of the major theories and concepts related to the key dimensions of sustainability, as well as case analysis experience with applications to private and public projects. Students receiving the certificate will complete 6 linked classes totaling a minimum of 22 credits. Courses in the program can be taken by students admitted solely to the certificate program or concurrently enrolled as master's and doctoral students in a degree program at Portland State University. Learn more about the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability.
MECOP & CECOP
The Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP) and Civil Engineering Coooperative Program (CECOP) are highly competive five-year undergraduate programs that include two six-month paid internships. This hands-on experience allows students to immediately apply what they are learning in class to give them a competitive edge when they graduate. MECOP/CECOP students are often sought after by the companies with which they interned during the program, and are able to be immediate contributors in the workplace. Learn more about these programs.
In May of 2012, the Portland City Council approved the creation of a new, 144-acre urban renewal district that will bring approximately $134 million in tax increment finance to new development on and around the PSU campus. The URA is a partnership between PSU, the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Portland Public Schools. Public investment will focus on job growth and economic development projects including new education facilities and labs, research and technology commercialization, entrepreneurship and cluster development. In addition, URA dollars will fund affordable housing, new private taxable development and a new a new county office building that will co-house PSU’s School of Social Work. Read more about the PSU and urban renewal.
SoMA Eco District
PSU is the institutional anchor of the SoMa EcoDistrict, a dense, urban neighborhood located at the southern end of Portland’s central city core. SoMa EcoDistrict is one of five EcoDistricts designated by the City of Portland to implement and test neighborhood-scale sustainability innovations. Erin Flynn, PSU’s Associate Vice President for Strategic Partnerships co-chairs the EcoDistrict with developer Bill Naito. The EcoDistrict boundary includes 90 city blocks and approximately 9 million square feet of office, residential and university space. PSU and private property owners are currently negotiating with the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) to implement a $1.5M deep energy retrofit program across public and private buildings in the EcoDistrict to gauge new energy efficiency technologies and tenant behavior. Read more about Eco Districts.
The Portland metro region is positioned to be the leading U.S. launch market for electric vehicles (EV). PSU and PGE have been working together on planning for deployment of electric vehicles (EV) through the EV Road Map conference series and other events convening industry, government and academic leaders.
Electric Avenue, the result of groundbreaking public-private partnership between PSU, PGE, and the City of Portland, is a combination research platform, charging station facility, and showcase venue for Electric Vehicles.
Portland Development Commission
PDC business services concentrate on helping business create and retain jobs to grow and prosper. Existing, start-ups, or new-to-Portland businesses can get help navigating local programs; accessing financial and technical resources; and evaluating Portland as a viable and effective location where your company can thrive. Visit PDC.