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Urban Sustainability

PSU’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator convenes leaders from cities across the U.S.

Over the summer, 25 representatives from urban areas across the U.S. converged in Portland for the annual convening of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) program.

Museum of the City: Help us publish PSU student research

The Museum of the City (, a nonprofit virtual museum that offers students and other scholars an opportunity to publish their research on urban topics, is raising money with a crowdfunding campaign to help cover staff and technology expenses.

Goats, alleys, and stealth sustainability

Portlanders love goats. Developers have figured this out and are naming a huge east side building project after the beloved goats—who of course have their own website—that used to hang out on the formerly vacant lot. 

Sacramento city officials visit Portland to learn about sustainable housing development

In April, PSU’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) led a daylong housing tour of central Portland for a delegation of officials from California’s capital, Sacramento. The visitors—including a representative from the Mayor’s Office and senior staff from Sacramento’s Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Community Development Department, and Planning Division—came to Portland seeking innovative ideas to help Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson implement his bold initiative to create 10,000 housing units in downtown Sacramento in the next 10 years.

Let’s help build a community orchard

By Audrey Pond and Adriane Ackerman

Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Winter 2015

Students in 11 classes from across the University are engaging with Portland neighborhoods in meaningful ways this term through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. Check out this quick snapshot of the urban sustainability projects being explored in classes this term.

Living, working, and napping in China: The urban planning internship experience

Ever wondered what it would be like to work as an urban planner in China? I have one word for you: naptime. That’s right, according to six Portland State Master of Urban and Regional Planning students who did internships through the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program last summer, professionals in China get a designated naptime after lunch (along with a pullout bed in their office to facilitate said nap). Whaaat? That. Sounds. Awesome.

Museum of the City gears up to expand its reach

The fact that Portland State University’s Museum of the City is virtual and completely online is fitting for an organization that aims to host exhibits about cities all over the world from cities all over the world—exhibits about cities’ past, present, and future. The walls of a typical museum would have trouble containing such wide-raging content, but the Web is an ideal home.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Fall 2014

This fall, students in nine classes at Portland State are working with community partners through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative on projects to make targeted areas of Portland—Living Cully, Foster Green, and the Lloyd EcoDistrict—more equitable, sustainable places to live, work, and play.

How talking about race can help combat climate change

Antwi Akom has many great stories to tell. Infuriating stories. Sad stories. Stories that force you to question what you think you know about other people’s realities, and your own. In 2005, Akom was falsely arrested for going into his own faculty office at San Francisco State University to get books to prepare for his class the next day.