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.

Our Response to COVID-19

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at Portland State University (PSU) is committed to the pursuit of a sustainable and resilient city. Realizing this future city requires massive cultural and behavior change within our organizations and within all of us. In short form, the COVID crisis gave us direct exposure to some of the large-scale changes needed to build a sustainable and resilient city; it has also further exposed existing inequalities.

Learn more about were doing in response to COVID-19


What We Do

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.