Sustaining Our Future

Where do we find answers to the complex challenges facing our world?
“Portland needs the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to maintain its leadership on sustainability worldwide.”
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Addressing the world’s toughest sustainability challenges requires unprecedented collaboration and knowledge. Any one of these issues, like climate change, intersects with a multitude of concerns, from economic inequality and public health to city planning and design to the protection of our natural resources. The wide scope of these challenges demands multidisciplinary responses.

ISS is the convener, the connector, and the collaborator that brings Portland State University together with our community, creating productive partnerships that solve difficult problems while enhancing students’ experiences and opportunities and engaging faculty in significant research. Our pathbreaking model is now internationally known.

PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions brings people together to protect our future.

Robert Liberty is happy to speak with you about giving to ISS. Please contact him directly at 503-725-8989 or

The transformative grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation—which launched ISS and provided us with nearly a decade of support—sunsets in 2019. Your support is needed to enable faculty to engage in productive, applied research, sustain and broaden our partnerships with businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, and continue to develop the educational experiences and professional development of students at PSU—now and for years to come.

Your generous support of ISS will ensure that PSU remains the natural home for creative, meaningful, solutions-focused sustainability research and planning, enhancing Portland’s livability and resilience while spreading its influence far beyond our region.


Robert Liberty, Director | (503) 725-8989 |