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Regional conservation

Portland is constantly touted as one of America’s greenest cities. But there’s more to it than an affinity for public transit and renewable energy—Portland has an abundance of natural green space that reaches beyond city limits to support communities, ecosystems, and economies throughout the region.

Nature does it better

What would Mother Nature say about the way we spend precious conservation dollars? By quantifying nature’s benefits, Willamette Partnership is able to translate restoration efforts into metrics that are meaningful to industry and consumers.

Eco-restoration your way

Ecosystem services are a hot topic in academic and environmental circles. But a lot of these natural services—like carbon sequestration, erosion control, or drought mitigation—are pretty technical for the average person. Instead of pricing ecosystem services based on their function, visiting economics professor Sahan Dissanayake looks at the values held by regular people.

How do we value nature?

Some people balk at the idea of putting a price tag on nature. How can we assign a dollar value to a majestic view of Mount Hood, or healthy salmon running up their home stream?

Just enough nitrogen for our ecosystem

We don’t often think of nitrogen as a basic necessity—like food, water, or shelter. But while we cannot survive without nitrogen, too much is harmful as well. What we need is not too much, not too little, but just enough of a good thing.

Technology roadmaps for the future

From 3D TVs to wind turbines, new technologies seem to pop up every day. Using “technology roadmaps,” Associate Professor Tugral Daim helps companies, governments, and communities prioritize the needs of technology—improving inter-agency communication while integrating technological considerations into products and services.

Remembering the roots of social sustainability

When it comes to sustainability, race and equity aren’t usually the first things that come to mind.

Promoting wildlife diversity in cities

Pigeons have become a permanent installation in urban landscapes across the globe. They’re everywhere. While these domesticated rock doves will likely always inhabit city plazas, there are many other species cities could foster if we consider how urban infrastructure affects wildlife’s potential to thrive.

An economic perspective on social sustainability

Keeping the conversation rolling on November 7, during the second week of Social Sustainability Month at Portland State, the student Economic Sustainability Task Force asked us to consider the true costs of consumer products and services.

Destruction or construction? Dams from the Pacific NW to SE Asia

Last Wednesday, Pacific Power blew up the nearly 100-year-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in south central Washington, opening up miles of unencumbered salmon habitat. On the other side of the globe, nations in SE Asia are planning massive new hydroelectric dams on the Lower Mekong River.