Portland Climate Action Collaborative

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Helen Baykan, intern

My name is Helen Baykan. I am currently a second-year graduate student in PSU’s Master of Public Administration program specializing in Natural Resources Policy and Administration. I am also a Student Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions and Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). I am passionate about all things sustainability, but I have a particular interest in climate change, pollution, and environmental justice.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Holly Swendig, intern

My name is Holly Swendig, and I am a senior in Portland State University’s Community Development Program and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at Verde. I am very interested in equity and sustainability and hope to apply those lenses to everything I encounter.

Institute for Sustainable Solutions Impact Report 2016

At the beginning of this new year, we at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions would like to reflect on recent accomplishments of our students, faculty, and community partners, and offer inspiration as we look ahead to 2017. With the support of our many partners, we made great strides last year to address some of our region’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Read highlights and inspiring stories from the 2015-16 academic year in our Impact Report 2016.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Molly Simas, intern

Who are you? My name is Molly Simas, and I'm in my second year of pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at PSU and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern. I've lived in Portland for five years, Oregon for nine, and I'm from Arcata, California originally. In September I adopted two kittens and now I spend an exorbitant amount of my time just watching them play and sleep.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Dakota Tangredi, intern

My name is Dakota Tangredi. I’m currently a fourth-year environmental science major, eternal learner, Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at IRCO Africa House, and Resident Assistant for Portland State University on-campus housing. In terms of how I relax, I’m a rock climber, hiker, and avid laugher. I’m also vegan and an animal advocate. I use he, him, and his pronouns and am deeply passionate about environmental justice and climate justice.

Climate collaborative maps Portland heat islands: Informing infrastructure approaches to extreme heat

Portland, Oregon, probably isn’t the first place you think of when the term “heat island” comes up. Rain? Yes. Heat? No. What about Phoenix, Los Angeles, cities in the Middle East—those really hot places? The trouble with these conventional perceptions of temperature is that places that have historically dealt with heat have been working on adaptation measures for decades, and in some cases millennia.

Living Cully Maps! (Phase 2): Making it safe to walk, bike, and roll in Cully

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) and Verde, a community organization based in the Cully neighborhood, recently joined forces to map and prioritize the remaining gaps in Cully’s active transportation infrastructure network. This project, which began in mid-August 2016 and will continue through December 2016, leverages data collected during more than 50 community mapping events sponsored by Living Cully Walks, Verde’s active transportation advocacy program.

Sustainability innovation update: The 2014-15 ISS Annual Report

For a snapshot of some of the innovative work going on in sustainability at PSU, I invite you to take a look at the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions Annual Report for 2014-15.