Faculty Fellows

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Alida Cantor

A profile of new Institute for Sustainable Solutions Faculty Fellow Alida Cantor, her research on water justice issues in Hawaii, and how her young daughter inspires her work.

The power of partnerships: Landscape-scale restoration in the Tualatin Valley

Last spring, The Intertwine Alliance asked the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) to assess the impacts of collaborative conservation partnerships in the greater Portland area, with a focus on ecological, social, and economic outcomes. Known as the Intertwine Metrics project, the study also aimed to identify key characteristics of collaborative partnerships—and their challenges. I was tapped to lead the interdisciplinary research team, which also included Alice Brawley-Chesworth, Ph.D.

New year, new approach to community-based learning at ISS

With every new year comes the opportunity to take stock of where you’ve been and where you’re going and ISS is pleased to announce a new approach to our community-based learning projects that build on our years of experience working with partners in and around Portland to provide educational experiences that improve the sustainability of our communities.

New policy to support green affordable housing gets boost from PSU research

On the day after Thanksgiving a new green building policy for affordable housing went into effect in Portland, a policy designed to reduce the overall cost of affordable housing in Portland while making buildings better performing, more efficient, and sustainable. The policy was bolstered by research funded by the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions and conducted by Elliott T. Gall, Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Portland State University, and Liliana Caughman, a graduate student in Environmental Science & Management.

Videos: Sustainability in Action at PSU

On Sept. 28, PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions hosted Sustainability in Action to welcome in a new year and new PSU president, Rahmat Shoureshi. About 150 people gathered at the Smith Student Union Ballroom to hear from local sustainability leaders and discover opportunities to get involved in this changemaking work. Watch our featured speakers in the videos below.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Masami Nishishiba

Who are you? Masami Nishishiba, Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Associate Director of the Center for Public Service in the Hatfield School of Government, and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Food Systems field trip features local Latinx movements in agriculture and community-led retail business

In June, students in the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems joined Nathan McClintock’s Feeding The City class on a field trip to learn about the labor side of food justice.

Sustainable Food Systems cohort examines the future of food systems under the Trump administration

The students and faculty of PSU’s new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems gathered in January for their first cohort event. The certificate brings together students and faculty from diverse academic areas as a collaborative effort by the College of Urban and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The event was an opportunity to meet each other over coffee and engage in a discussion about the future of food systems issues under the new federal administration.

Sustainability faculty offer inspiration and ideas for action during trying times

Portland State University has a reputation for innovation and collaboration. And during a time when leadership at the federal level is creating more barriers than pathways for sustainability work, innovation and collaboration are in high demand. Threats to civil rights, information access, public education, and essential resources such as housing, health services, and clean water are just some of the many concerns that face our communities.