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Introducing the H2GO! Introducing the H2GO!
PSU's Mobile Water Bottle Refill Station!
Resource
Professor Britt Crow-Miller Professor Britt Crow-Miller
Dr. Crow-Miller's research is focused on the question of how power and politics work to shape and constrain development pathways in China and beyond.
Faculty Member
Dispatches from Rwanda Dispatches from Rwanda
Jonathan Fink, Vice President of Research & Strategic Partnerships, travels to Rwanda to meet PSU Professor Evan Thomas who is in the country working on a program to reduce childhood diarrhea and pneumonia.
Research
New Building Materials May Reduce Waste at Portland Grocers New Building Materials May Reduce Waste at Portland Grocers
Clean Tech Challenge semifinalists see new building materials in waxed cardboard diverted from landfills.
Research
Reinventing the Batteries that Power Automobiles Reinventing the Batteries that Power Automobiles
Clean Tech Challenge semifinalists Andrew and Jonathan Thorsvik have developed a battery technology that could replace inefficient and toxic lead-acid batteries in automobiles.
Research
Smart Shades Smart Shades
Clean Tech Challenge semifinalists propose using solar-powered shades to reduce heat gain and related energy consumption in houses.
Research
The Portland Shower The Portland Shower
Clean Tech Challenge semifinalists have developed a system to conserve water in showers while reducing utility bills.
Research
Honing students' critical thinking Honing students' critical thinking
In this video Dr. Mark Leymon from Criminology & Criminal Justice answers a common question posed by students in the social sciences: "Why do I have to take a course in research methods if I'm never going to be a scientist?" Dr. Leymon explains how courses like CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research help people understand the proper role of science, helps them become critical consumers of knowledge, and fosters the develop of applied skills that are attractive to employers.
Resource
Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and action for a sustainable future Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and action for a sustainable future
Toulan School faculty member Dr. Thaddeus R. Miller explores the emerging field of sustainability science in his upcoming new book, "Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and action for a sustainable future."
Publication
Meet Farhad Khoshnahad Meet Farhad Khoshnahad
Manager of Materials Management Services
Staff Member
Health & Hygiene on the Streets of the Rose City Health & Hygiene on the Streets of the Rose City
Research from graduate students in the School of Social Work promotes the adoption of a Homeless Bill of Rights in Oregon.
Research
The Cully Neighborhood Youth Project The Cully Neighborhood Youth Project
From the university-wide student research symposium: undergraduates Dechen Dolkar and Kasey Zamago present a project involving Portland’s youth in plans to bring improvements to their neighborhood.
Research
Changemaker Stories: Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich Changemaker Stories: Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich
Inspiring action for a better world.
Undergraduate Student
Forests, Climate Change, and the Future Forests, Climate Change, and the Future
Dr. Robert Scheller develops models of future forests accounting for the effects of climate change and other factors to improve land management practices.
Research
Why How We Get Where We Are Going Matters Why How We Get Where We Are Going Matters
With her research, Dr. Kelly Clifton is paving the way for multi-modal transportation in the Portland metro region.
Research
A Better Forecast for Projecting Water Supplies A Better Forecast for Projecting Water Supplies
Dr. Hamid Moradkhani’s research focuses on improving hydrologic forecasting models used by water resource managers.
Research
Alumni Profile: Alando Simpson Alumni Profile: Alando Simpson
It was at Portland State that Alando first came across the concept of sustainability, LEED certification, and the ‘triple bottom line’ economy. To Alando, sustainability equaled common sense and a reflection of the values his father had already instilled in him.
Alumnus
Changemaker Stories: James Lopez & Amber Smith Changemaker Stories: James Lopez & Amber Smith
Inspiring action for a better world.
Undergraduate Student
Changemaker Stories: Ian Stude Changemaker Stories: Ian Stude
Inspiring action for a better world.
Staff Member
Changemaker Stories: Harrell Fletcher Changemaker Stories: Harrell Fletcher
Inspiring action for a better world.
Faculty Member
Changemaker Stories: Ahmed Abidine Changemaker Stories: Ahmed Abidine
Inspiring action for a better world.
Graduate Student
Changemaker Stories: Brian Forrester Changemaker Stories: Brian Forrester
Inspiring action for a better world.
Undergraduate Student
Changemaker Stories: Judy BlueHorse Skelton Changemaker Stories: Judy BlueHorse Skelton
Inspiring action for a better world.
Faculty Member
The Social Determinants of Health Initiative The Social Determinants of Health Initiative
Contributing to a sustainable world.
Research
Studying Freshwater Ecosystems Studying Freshwater Ecosystems
Dr. Angela Strecker and her Students examine the effects of anthropogenic stressors on aquatic ecosystems.
Research
Alumni Profile: Brian Haug MS '98 Alumni Profile: Brian Haug MS '98
Brian credits Portland State with allowing him to advance in the scientific community and connect with various professionals employed throughout the Pacific Northwest in private firms and state/federal agencies. He says the continuing education classes were particularly helpful and will begin the new Business of Craft Brewing Certificate through PSU’s Center for Executive and Professional Education next quarter.
Alumnus
Alumni Profile: Marci Krass Alumni Profile: Marci Krass
Marci Krass, MS '12, is passionate about growth of all kinds. Having spent a significant portion of her life outdoors, she has substantial knowledge of horticulture and sustainable food production. Her training at the GSE has helped her translate those skills into encouraging growth and development in students.
Alumnus
Capacity building for the common good: PSU’s interdisciplinary minor in civic leadership. Capacity building for the common good: PSU’s interdisciplinary minor in civic leadership.
Authored by: Nishishiba, Masami & Kecskes, Kevin. This article discusses the history, structure, and roles of academic and community partners associated with the Civic Leadership minor, and elaborates the philosophical foundation of the interdisciplinary curriculum that aims to build student capacity for the common good.
Publication
Water Sustainability Water Sustainability
Dr. Heejun Chang's collaborative water research examines the complex factors involved in changing hydrologic systems and provides governments, policy makers, and resource managers the data and tools to develop plans to address the growing demand on fresh water supplies.
Research
The Center for Public Interest Design The Center for Public Interest Design
At Portland State University's newest research center, design is for equity. Design is for sustainability. Design is for the best interests of everyone.
Research
Between Land and Sea Between Land and Sea
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Dr. Elise Granek's research focuses on some of the most delicate habitats on the globe: places where land and sea meet. Some of her resent research has made waves across the highly caffeinated Northwest.
Research
Meet Jenny McNamara Meet Jenny McNamara
Sustainability Manager
Staff Member
Alumni Profile: Lacy Cagle MS '10 Alumni Profile: Lacy Cagle MS '10
Alumnus
Green Buildings at PSU Green Buildings at PSU
Green buildings seek to minimize the use of energy, water, and other natural resources and provide a healthy, productive indoor environment. PSU has 8 LEED Certified buildings on campus.
Location
PSU Student Research Symposium Presenter: Nicole Zimmerman PSU Student Research Symposium Presenter: Nicole Zimmerman
Nicole Zimmerman's research focuses on electric vehicle charging stations: how they effect the grid, and ways to make them better.
Research
Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94 Alumni Profile: Casey Rice '94
Alumnus
Clean Challenge Semi Finalist: Green Innovations Inc. Clean Challenge Semi Finalist: Green Innovations Inc.
Research
Trudy Toliver '84 Trudy Toliver '84
Alumnus
Laura Kutner - Trash For Peace Laura Kutner - Trash For Peace
“We know we are having an impact and that makes everything worth it.”
Graduate Student
The Green Building Research Lab The Green Building Research Lab
Supporting fundamental and applied research relevant to the green building industry, and serving as a teaching resource for students studying building science.
Research
Meet Jason Franklin Meet Jason Franklin
Director of Campus Planning and Design
Staff Member
Meet Professor Alan Yeakley Meet Professor Alan Yeakley
Director of the School of the Environment
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Angela Strecker Meet Professor Angela Strecker
Director of the Strecker Aquatic Ecology Lab
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Robert Scheller Meet Professor Robert Scheller
Director of the Dynamic Ecosystems and Landscape Lab
Faculty Member
Meet Professor John Rueter Meet Professor John Rueter
SOE Directer returns to teaching
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Yangdong Pan Meet Professor Yangdong Pan
Chair of Environmental Science & Management
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Joe Maser Meet Professor Joe Maser
Preserving our wetlands
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Elise Granek Meet Professor Elise Granek
Preserving marine biodiversity
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Jeff Gerwing Meet Professor Jeff Gerwing
Making sustainability education available for all students
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Marion Dresner Meet Professor Marion Dresner
Encouraging citizen participation in environmental science.
Faculty Member
Climate Action Plan - Implementation Team Climate Action Plan - Implementation Team
Implementing PSU’s ambitious Climate Action Plan is challenging work requiring collaboration between all parts of the university.
Organization
School of the Environment School of the Environment
Organization
Meet Professor Bill Fish Meet Professor Bill Fish
Heavy metal clean-up
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Cat De Rivera Meet Professor Cat De Rivera
Biological invasion warrior
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Linda George Meet Professor Linda George
Dr. Linda George recently honored with NSF position.
Faculty Member
History Beneath Our Feet: The Cobblestones in the Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza History Beneath Our Feet: The Cobblestones in the Shattuck Hall Ecological Learning Plaza
Student Project
PSU Climate Champions PSU Climate Champions
PSU departments working to reduce their environmental footprint.
Resource
PSU Reuse Room PSU Reuse Room
Need a binder or desk organizer? The PSU Reuse Room is a place for the free exchange of usable office and school supplies.
Resource
Harrell Fletcher Harrell Fletcher
Social Canvas - Engaging a community through art
Faculty Member
Randy Bluffstone Randy Bluffstone
Village Provisions - Cultivating rural livelihoods around the world
Faculty Member
Evan Thomas Evan Thomas
Elemental Needs - Engineering global public health solutions
Faculty Member
Intergenerational Finance: A Business Partnership with the Future Intergenerational Finance: A Business Partnership with the Future
Giving future generations investment power in our current economy is the concept behind Intergenerational Finance.
Research
PSU professors co-author U.N. report on happiness PSU professors co-author U.N. report on happiness
Report: economies need to focus more directly on the goal of sustainable human well-being rather than merely GDP growth.
Publication
Conserving Oregon's Rich Biodiversity Conserving Oregon's Rich Biodiversity
Innovation: Supporting biodiversity conservation: the Oregon Biodiversity Information Center at Portland State University
Research
Applying Nature's Lessons to Saving the Environment Applying Nature's Lessons to Saving the Environment
Innovation: Associate Professor of Biology, Radu Popa and his colleagues are using black soldier fly larvae to recycle nutrients from waste water.
Research
Kelly Clifton Kelly Clifton
Travel Choices - Rethinking transportation choices for healthy communities
Faculty Member
NSF Initative for Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) NSF Initative for Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES)
A video presentation for PSU by the National Science Foundation on the SEES initiative and investments.
Research
Understanding the Social Dimensions of Sustainability Understanding the Social Dimensions of Sustainability
Publication
Meet Heather Spalding Meet Heather Spalding
Staff Member
Reclaiming Sustainability: Vivek Shandas Reclaiming Sustainability: Vivek Shandas
Collectively addressing big problems to find equitable solutions
Faculty Member
Video: Shaping our Place, Scaling up Solutions Video: Shaping our Place, Scaling up Solutions
CIMM: A new collaborative research center aims to scale-up solutions
Research
Vivek Shandas Vivek Shandas
City Solutions - Transforming urban spaces and natural places
Faculty Member
Sergio Palleroni Sergio Palleroni
Public Works - Greening schools and housing
Faculty Member
Thad Miller Thad Miller
Helping to understand and pursue sustainability
Faculty Member
reUtica reUtica
A collaborative documentary by Matt and John Dean Ossowski exploring sustainability-focused community initiatives in Portland, OR and Utica, NY.
Research
Meet Mary Vance Meet Mary Vance
Mary, a Career Counselor for Advising & Career Services, helps students turn their passion for sustainability into a career.
Faculty Member
Dave Ervin Dave Ervin
Seed Science - Assessing the impact of biotech on farming
Faculty Member
Graig Spolek Graig Spolek
Green Building Counsel - Changing the science of building
Faculty Member
Kristi Yuthas Kristi Yuthas
Earning Power - Lifting people out of poverty through business education
Faculty Member
Scott Wells Scott Wells
Clean Water Acts - Keeping surface water safe from pollution
Faculty Member
Dr. James F. Pankow Dr. James F. Pankow
Faculty Member
Report: Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design Report: Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning and Design
A guidebook to designing and planning bicycle boulevards
Publication
David Peyton David Peyton
Parasite Prescription - Revising solutions, reviving hope
Faculty Member
Jennifer Allen Jennifer Allen
Natural Capital - Fostering rural-urban connections
Faculty Member
Rudy Barton Rudy Barton
Shapes of Ideas - Forming communities through design
Faculty Member
Scott Marshall Scott Marshall
Better Business - Valuing equity and ecology
Faculty Member
James Pankow James Pankow
Engineering Star - Joining an elite academy
Faculty Member
Veronica Dujon Veronica Dujon
Worlds Together - Weighing global issues on a human scale
Faculty Member
Mellie Pullman Mellie Pullman
Food Chain - Bringing the freshest ideas to market
Faculty Member
Barry Messer Barry Messer
Pollution Prevention - Restoring stream banks with plants and people
Faculty Member
Kevin Reynolds Kevin Reynolds
Certain Chemistry - Cooking up a killer app. TB and malaria, beware!
Faculty Member
David Sailor David Sailor
Gardens in the Sky - Reaping the facts and weeding the myths about eco-roofs
Faculty Member
Research Profile - Carl Wamser Research Profile - Carl Wamser
Carl Wamser and about 50 others researchers worldwide are developing synthetic membranes using a similar process to convert sunlight into electricity—on a scale that one day could be used in homes and skyscrapers.
Research
Research Profile - Loren Lutzenhiser Research Profile - Loren Lutzenhiser
Before the survey, commissioned by the California Energy Commission, "It was assumed," says Lutzenhiser, "that people would tar and feather you" if you suggested they do without modern conveniences such as air conditioning. "That was the received wisdom, but that's not what happened."
Research
Marcus Ingle Marcus Ingle
Interested in Global Leadership? What about traveling? If yes, Professor Ingle's Development Management in Vietnam class might be a good fit for you.
Faculty Member
Miguel Figliozzi Miguel Figliozzi
"I believe that technology, research and innovation not only benefit public/private agencies/companies but also enable the optimal use of infrastructure, as well as ensuring environmental quality, livable communities, and economic growth."
Faculty Member
Meet Dan Zalkow Meet Dan Zalkow
Executive Director for Campus Planning, Construction, and Real Estate
Staff Member
Meet Professor Graig Spolek Meet Professor Graig Spolek
The city is Professor Spolek's laboratory.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Tugrul Daim Meet Professor Tugrul Daim
Tugrul Daim's research and teachings revolve around the creation of roadmaps that organizations can use to implement emerging technologies.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Dundar Kocaoglu Meet Professor Dundar Kocaoglu
Dundar Kocaoglu and his team of researchers have developed a process to help companies make strategic decisions using mathematical models to determine a decision's impact.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor David Sailor Meet Professor David Sailor
David Sailor is an expert in urban climates and how they're affected by buildings, energy consumption, and human activity.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor David Jay Meet Professor David Jay
David Jay is working to reinvent the field study of tidal analysis.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Peter Dusicka Meet Professor Peter Dusicka
Peter Dusicka's research revolves around promoting survivability through materials and engineering.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Scott Wells Meet Professor Scott Wells
Scott Wells specializes in developing computer models for reservoirs, lakes, and rivers in order to maintain their quality.
Faculty Member
Janet Hammer Janet Hammer
Program Director, The Initiative on Triple Bottom Line Development - College of Urban & Public Affairs
Staff Member
Learning Garden Laboratory Learning Garden Laboratory
Promoting sustainable gardening, growing food and healthy nutrition.
Community Partnership
Sustainable Development Sustainable Development
The College of Urban and Public Affairs
Research
Bamboo clothing with a message Bamboo clothing with a message
Alum Ryan Christensen uses "eco-friendly" clothing as his "weapon of choice" to convey a social message.
Alumnus
Professor Heejun Chang Professor Heejun Chang
Professor Chang believes that the 21st century will be the Climate and Water Century.
Faculty Member
David Ervin David Ervin
David Ervin, Professor, Environmental Sciences and Resources
Faculty Member
Jennifer Allen Jennifer Allen
Jennifer H. Allen, associate professor of Public Administration and director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Dilafruz Williams Meet Professor Dilafruz Williams
Do you want to talk "politics, public education and environment?" Meet Dr. Dilafruz Williams.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Karen Karavanic Meet Professor Karen Karavanic
Karen Karavanic's enthusiasm for research motivates her to integrate cutting edge results into all of her courses.
Faculty Member
Vivek Shandas Vivek Shandas
Integrating the science of sustainability with citizen engagement and decision making efforts
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Aslam Khalil Meet Professor Aslam Khalil
Whether from rice paddies, cities, landfills or cattle, Professor Khalil understands how trace gases effect global warming.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Andrew G. Fountain Meet Professor Andrew G. Fountain
This Ice Man travels the world to study glaciers, including the one named after him the Fountain Glacier in Antarctica.
Faculty Member
Loren Lutzenhiser Loren Lutzenhiser
Exploring how cities and people use energy.
Faculty Member
Connie P. Ozawa Connie P. Ozawa
Connie Ozawa knows how to help people make good decisions about their communities.
Faculty Member
Meet Associate Professor Barry Messer Meet Associate Professor Barry Messer
Barry Messer knows why healthy rivers make healthy communities.
Faculty Member
Meet Jeff Gerwing Meet Jeff Gerwing
How can people have equitable access to rich and rewarding lives while living within the means of natural systems? This question is central to the research and teaching of Dr. Jeff Gerwing.
Faculty Member
Our Community Partner: Axis Performance Our Community Partner: Axis Performance
AXIS Performance Advisors is a management consulting firm specializing in the implementation of sustainable business practices. This partnership is a joint collaboration between PSU and Axis Performance to offer a professional certificate in implementing sustainability practices.
Community Partnership
Our Community Partner: Metro Regional Government Our Community Partner: Metro Regional Government
Metro funds commercial technical assistance projects providing on-site assistance to businesses throughout the region focusing on recovering additional resources from the waste stream, increasing markets for recycled content products, and promoting waste prevention practices.
Community Partnership
Our Community Partner: Johnson Creek Watershed Council Our Community Partner: Johnson Creek Watershed Council
PSU students and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council work together to set up a snapshot monitoring event designed to empower individual landowners to learn about the health of Johnson Creek on their property, meeting the goals of the watershed council in the areas of protection, conservation, and restoration of the watershed.
Community Partnership
Our Community Partner: US Fish and Wildlife Service Our Community Partner: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This partnership involves the cooperation of the USFWS, the Chinook Tribe and Portland State University and is aimed at archaeological and environmental research, public education and student training.
Community Partnership
Our Community Partner: Bureau of Environmental Services Our Community Partner: Bureau of Environmental Services
The Community Watershed Stewardship Partnership utilizes PSU students in assisting neighborhoods and communities to develop voluntary watershed protection activities and programs.
Community Partnership
Meet Professor Bryant York Meet Professor Bryant York
When not teaching and working with students in his adaptive learning lab in PSU's Computer Science Department, Dr. Bryant York helps shape the future of computer science.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Thomas Gillpatrick Meet Professor Thomas Gillpatrick
Oregon's food industry has a lot of cravings. Tom Gillpatrick satisfies them.
Faculty Member
Meet Professor Mark Sytsma Meet Professor Mark Sytsma
When aliens invade our waters, Mark Sytsma fights back.
Faculty Member