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Institute for Sustainable Solutions

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) is the hub for sustainability at Portland State University, supporting curriculum development, student leadership, and research that contribute to a just, prosperous, and vibrant future for our region and the world.


ISS is home to the
Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, the Research to Action symposia, the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, and the Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT).

ISS administers the 10-year, $25 million challenge grant made to the University by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation in September 2008, providing catalytic funding to integrate sustainability across the campus and prepare students for change-making careers. 

ISS serves as a hub for sustainability research, curriculum and co-curricular activities across campus. In 2013, staff worked with partners throughout PSU to develop a set of goals and initiatives that became known as the Sustainability Playbook. View the latest draft of that living document here

ISS supports faculty, students and the broader community through its programs. Here's a budget breakdown for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Meet Institute staff and fellows.

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