Legacy Initiative

Clean Air for Portland

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Air quality is a vital component of environmental justice. Since 2016, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions has been working with PSU faculty and students, along with a wide range of partners to study and improve air quality for the health of our local communities.


Current research is focused on pollution from diesel particulates and has been funded by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and other sources.

In addition, ISS teamed up with the nonprofit Neighbors for Clean Air and Lewis & Clark Law School’s Northwest Environmental Defense Center to secure funding from Meyer Memorial Trust to establish an initiative called BREATHE Oregon. BREATHE Oregon builds on PSU research on air quality and communication to support a robust program of community outreach to residents and policymakers have the information they need to make decisions that improve air quality in Portland and throughout Oregon.

Key ISS Faculty Fellows involved in air quality research include Linda George (Environmental Science and Management), Vivek Shandas (Urban Studies and Planning); and Brianne Suldovsky (Communication).

ISS has worked with BREATHE Oregon collaborators to host two public forums on clean air that can be accessed online.


For more information about our Clean Air for Oregon work, contact Fletcher Beaudoin, beaudoin@pdx.edu

Air Quality By Design: Effective Air Management

BREATHE Oregon is a collaboration between Neighbors for Clean Air, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center at Lewis and Clark Law School who joined forces to study the issues of air pollution and how to address them. Tune into this public forum in order to learn about more effective air management.

Deconstructing Diesel

Oregon continues to rely heavily on older diesel engines despite their severe impacts on public health. Hear from researchers who introduce groundbreaking research in measuring diesel particulate emissions and the innovative policies that have been identified to address this deadly air contaminant.