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.
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.
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.
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.
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.