The President of the Dominican Republic welcomed visitors from Portland State University (PSU) last week to cement new partnerships around a shared vision for a more sustainable future.
Robert Costanza, Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, met with President Leonel Fernández and also visited the major public university in Santo Domingo to sign a new agreement to promote mutual academic activities. The partnership will result in increased cooperation, idea-sharing and visits by students and faculty between PSU and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.
“We are extremely excited to begin this collaboration,” Costanza said. “By sharing knowledge, energy and talent, both universities will move toward the goal of creating a sustainable future.”
While there, Costanza also met with the Ministries of the Environment, Education, and Economics, as well as representatives from The Nature Conservancy, USAID, US Embassy and several local organizations. The non-profit Funglode hosted a public lecture by Costanza on “Constructing a green economy: solutions for a sustainable and desirable future."
Carol Franco, an ecological economist and native of the Dominican Republic, will be joining the Institute for Sustainable Solutions in August as an assistant research professor and will help facilitate cooperation between PSU and the Dominican university system.
The Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo was originally established in thee 1500s as Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, the first university in the Americas. The university shares PSU’s vision to let knowledge serve the greater society, while facilitating scientific, cultural and artistic interchange with peer institutions around the world.
Photo: President Fernández holds a copy of Solutions, an international journal produced at PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS). Also shown are Solutions managing editor and PSU Assistant Research Professor Ida Kubiszewski and PSU Professor and ISS Director Robert Costanza.