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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.

Chinese delegates get the digs on sustainable planning in Portland

Chinese government officials are visiting Portland State this week to learn the how-tos of developing sustainable cities—using Portland as their model.

Alley Allies: Connecting our neighborhoods by building better alleys

It’s 8 a.m. on a spring morning in Southeast Portland in the year 2020. Roberto is ten years old. His mom hands him his lunch as he scampers out the back door and down the alley towards Arleta School from his home on Boise and 66th.

Capstone class combats waste with Lloyd EcoSwap

Portland State University Capstone students, teamed up with the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Community Environmental Services, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to host an EcoSwap event this August at National Night Out—an annual neighborhood event in the Lloyd district.

VIDEO | Community Environmental Services showcases New Seasons work

In April, Portland’s New Seasons Market grocery chain announced that they had achieved an impressive goal: Diverting 92 percent of their waste from the landfill, qualifying as a zero-waste operation.

The news was presented as an inspiration for other businesses and provided a showcase for the expertise of Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services unit, which conducted the research to back up New Seasons claim.

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. 

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