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Centers & Institutes

The Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning hosts four affiliated programs and centers for research and innovation.

Center for Urban Studies

Established in 1966 under a grant from the US Department of Education, the Center focuses on urban policy analysis and urban and regional planning.

The Center also serves as a community services resource for local government. It sponsors conferences and short courses on important urban topics for professionals and members of the public. It also gives opportunities for graduate students to acquire research experience through participation in projects.

Community Environmental Services (CES)

Community Environmental Services (CES) is a research and service unit within the Center for Urban Studies in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. CES provides high quality research, technical assistance, data collection and educational outreach services in the areas of solid waste minimization, recycling, and program evaluation.

PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization

The PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program is designed to promote dialogue, exchange ideas, and build relationships among researchers and practitioners engaged in improving the livability of urban spaces and the building of tomorrow's cities while protecting our natural resources. Through partnerships with the International Sustainable Development Foundation (ISDF), China's Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) and Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD), and, most recently, the Energy Foundation, we aim to work together to identify innovations that will move us all toward a more sustainable future.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator

The Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) at Portland State University helps mid-sized and smaller urban areas implement sustainability projects, to move their proposals from a concept, a plan policy or an agenda item, to reality. The project is made possible by the generous support of the Summit Foundation and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University.

Center for Transportation Studies

An equitable and efficient transportation system for people and goods has a significant influence on the well-being of every citizen, impacting quality of life and the economy. Social, environmental and technological trends must be anticipated and incorporated into a "smart" transportation system in order to ensure resource preservation and enhancement of the region's economic productivity. Toward this end, the Center for Transportation Studies strives to stimulate and conduct multidisciplinary research on transportation issues, facilitating the dissemination of information and encouraging the implementation of research results.