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Affordable housing, garden commodes + a pop-up porch: Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative spring roster

This spring, the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) is working with 10 classes to connect students with community partners to explore local sustainability issues. The SNI facilitates collaborations with community partners and organizations to provide community-based learning for students. These opportunities provide students hands-on opportunities to learn while adding capacity to local organizations. What will students be up this spring? Read on for the details.

Sacramento city officials visit Portland to learn about sustainable housing development

In April, PSU’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) led a daylong housing tour of central Portland for a delegation of officials from California’s capital, Sacramento. The visitors—including a representative from the Mayor’s Office and senior staff from Sacramento’s Housing and Redevelopment Agency, Community Development Department, and Planning Division—came to Portland seeking innovative ideas to help Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson implement his bold initiative to create 10,000 housing units in downtown Sacramento in the next 10 years.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Winter 2015

Students in 11 classes from across the University are engaging with Portland neighborhoods in meaningful ways this term through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. Check out this quick snapshot of the urban sustainability projects being explored in classes this term.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Fall 2014

This fall, students in nine classes at Portland State are working with community partners through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative on projects to make targeted areas of Portland—Living Cully, Foster Green, and the Lloyd EcoDistrict—more equitable, sustainable places to live, work, and play.

Student project diverts waste, builds community in SoMa Ecodistrict

This summer, as a student in Barry Messer’s Building EcoDistricts Senior Capstone course at Portland State University, I had the great pleasure of helping organize the first SoMa ReUse Fair and Community Share, which took place on Friday, August 1 in the PSU Urban Plaza. 

Transformational learning through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

What inspires you to engage in partnerships through community-based learning and applied research? In 140-character Tweets, faculty at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions’ Professional Development Workshop on June 20 kicked off a fantastic event by getting a little bit social (media) with their introductions.

Seven student groups, two community partners, one grand experiment

What once was limited to a Senior Capstone experience is becoming more pervasive throughout the course catalog, where disciplines as varied as business and graphic design are now working with community partners to tackle actual issues.

Alley Allies: Connecting our neighborhoods by building better alleys

It’s 8 a.m. on a spring morning in Southeast Portland in the year 2020. Roberto is ten years old. His mom hands him his lunch as he scampers out the back door and down the alley towards Arleta School from his home on Boise and 66th.

Capstone class combats waste with Lloyd EcoSwap

Portland State University Capstone students, teamed up with the Lloyd EcoDistrict, Community Environmental Services, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions to host an EcoSwap event this August at National Night Out—an annual neighborhood event in the Lloyd district.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening.