Institute for Sustainable Solutions

We Bring People Together to Protect Our Future

At the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, our mission is to match the passion and expertise of PSU faculty and students with the experience and needs of community groups, government agencies, and businesses to develop practical solutions for more equitable, livable, sustainable cities and regions.

What We Do

Learn more in our 2018 Case Statement

We build lasting and effective community partnerships that are the foundation for progress toward a more equitable and sustainable city, region, and world.

We reach across the university through our network of more than 140 Faculty Fellows to access the multidisciplinary expertise necessary to take on complex sustainability challenges.

We provide a conduit for students, including more than 400 Student Fellows, to add capacity to our partners while gaining valuable experience working on community challenges.  

Featured Initiative: Small Backyard Homes

We're spearheading an initiative to make it easier and more affordable for Portland homeowners to construct a second house on their property—increasing housing options in a city with some of the fastest rising rents and lowest vacancy rates in the nation.

Called “accessory dwelling units” or ADUs, these small backyard homes provide more affordable housing options while reducing pollutants that cause climate change.