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The secrets to successful winter bike commuting

This blog post originally appeared on the Oregon Environmental Council's "It's Your Oregon" blog. Fletcher Beaudoin, assistant director of Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, serves on the council's Emerging Leaders Board. 

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening. 

FRINQs in the EcoDistricts: Lloyd

Jordyn Paul grew up in Portland but until the spring term of her freshman year at Portland State, she had no idea what an EcoDistrict was.

FRINQs in the EcoDistricts: Gateway

Chet Orloff’s FRINQ class, which has studied different aspects of Portland’s history and infrastructure over the course of the year, focused its attention during spring term on the Growing Gateway EcoDistrict in northeast Portland.

The Bike2PSU Challenge is on

Spring has sprung—and the Bike2PSU Challenge is on. Grab a bike, sign up to ride, and begin logging your trips for a chance to win a new bike.

Wells Fargo teams with PSU on cleantech challege

Portland State University and Wells Fargo are teaming up to present a new competition for students and faculty with innovative ideas about how to improve the way we operate in a resource-constrained environment.

A tour of Portland’s greenest: coffee, basketball, beer

Coffee. Basketball. Beer. Portland has a lot of great things to offer, but these are three of our best. Mix in a ride on the Streetcar, and you have yourself a true Portland experience. As part of the Oregon Higher Education Conference last week, I led a group of students and staff from three different Oregon universities on a tour featuring three of Portland’s greenest local businesses. And, of course, we did it all by public transit.

Confessions of a novice biker

I’ll be the first to admit that bike commuting can be intimidating—with crazy car traffic, steep hills, rain, stoplights, flat tires, and neon spandex bike shorts, I was certainly a little intimidated.

Taking the car out of carbon

If mass transit can get credit for the greenhouse gas emissions it saves, it could revolutionize the way we fund public transportation, according to the sustainability chief for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who visited Portland State Thursday.