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Urban Sustainability

SoMa Parklet project gets green light

The block of Southwest 4th Avenue food carts are a staple lunch spot for many Portland State students, faculty, and staff, not to mention employees of the city of Portland and other office buildings nearby. However, for anyone who has visited these carts, you know the frustrating reality that while you can get a delicious meal from one of the 20 or so different carts, there is no place to sit to enjoy your food. That’s about to change.

Transformational learning through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

What inspires you to engage in partnerships through community-based learning and applied research? In 140-character Tweets, faculty at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions’ Professional Development Workshop on June 20 kicked off a fantastic event by getting a little bit social (media) with their introductions.

Latest climate report brings impacts home

The latest in a series of Big Reports on climate change was released this week, the third National Climate Assessment, delivering piles of data, graphics, forecasts, and research on the topic of impact. 

Community spotlight: Q&A with Thad Miller

The future of urban sustainability: Q&A with Thad Miller, assistant professor of Urban Studies and Planning.

ISS announces Faculty Professional Development Workshop for Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions invites PSU faculty from across the University to apply to participate in a professional development workshop to be held Friday, June 20th, 2014. 

Seven student groups, two community partners, one grand experiment

What once was limited to a Senior Capstone experience is becoming more pervasive throughout the course catalog, where disciplines as varied as business and graphic design are now working with community partners to tackle actual issues.

Planning students explore urban sustainability in Chinese megacities

Last summer six Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) students from Portland State University went to two cities in China—Beijing and Shenzhen— and worked for three months in the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (Beijing and Shenzhen offices) and Urban Planning and Design Institute of Shenzhen.

Futurescape City Tour: Exploring Portland’s Technological Past, Present and Future

We live in a world mediated by technology. Technological systems form the background of our modern lives, enabling us to flip on the light switch, turn on the faucet, and flush the toilet without thinking about where the resources are coming from or where they’re going. 

Are cities the key to a sustainable future?

Bruce Katz is no fan of the federal government.

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