Climate Action Collaborative
The Portland Climate Action Collaborative is a partnership between the Insitute of Sustainable Solutions and the City of Portland to advance goals outlined in the Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan.
Hydrology experts at PSU conducted research on how climate impacts (river levels, floodplain development patterns, and sea-level-rise) might play out and provide information that will inform future zoning decisions and infrastructure investments in Portland.
The Northwest Economic Research Center conducted an economic analysis of comparing the costs and benefits of building deconstruction versus building demolition in Portland. Their work informed a 2016 city policy decision to require deconstruction for homes built in 1916 or earlier.
PSU’s Sustainable Development Practices class will tackle the issue of sustainable food purchasing in Portland by conducting research and making recommendations for a new climate-friendly purchasing city policy. The desired outcome is a policy document and implementation materials that can
Collaborating on meaningful action to address climate change
Through co-creating projects and identifying outcomes and deliverables for researchers and practitioners, the climate collaborative focuses on:
- Projects that help achieve goals or inform decision-making regarding the Portland and Multnomah County Climate Action Plan while providing meaningful research and educational opportunities for PSU faculty and students.
- Interdisciplinary work that allows us to consider multiple aspects of climate change scenarios, mitigation, and response.
The Portland Climate Action Collaborative also supports the work of the Sustainability Research Network (SRN), which is a nation-wide project of the National Science Foundation to tackle challenges in urban sustainability. Due to shared program goals and similar approaches in bringing together practitioners and researchers, several projects are supported by both the SRN and the Portland Climate Action Collaborative. Involvement with the SRN means that the work of the Portland Climate Action Collaborative has the potential for positive impact in both Portland and in cities across the country.