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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.

IGERT students graduate with doctoral degrees and expertise in urban ecosystem services

Since 1998, the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) has been the National Science Foundation’s flagship interdisciplinary program, educating Ph.D. scientists and engineers across the U.S. The NSF effectively ended its IGERT program in 2015, at the same time that PSU admitted the last cohort of IGERT students into its program, focused on Ecosystems Services for Urbanizing Regions.

At Cully Critter Cruise, youth take a closer look at nature and careers in sustainability

As a Professional Science Master student in the Environmental Science and Management Department, I am exploring the different ways people engage with nature. This focus drew me to a local partnership of organizations working on a community event at a new Northeast Portland park—the Cully Critter Cruise. The Institute for Sustainable Solutions, through their Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, supports this valuable community partnership and my participation in and research stemming from the event.

Coastal wetland restoration, climate change, and your next Instagram favorite

When was the last time you took a walk through a local park and wondered about the soil beneath your shoes and the quality of life for the plants growing nearby?

Calling all sustainability stars for PSU’s 10th Sustainability Celebration

A decade ago Portland State’s sustainability community gathered at the first ever PSU Sustainability Celebration to recognize accomplishments from the year and build momentum to advance these efforts. That original community—a mere handful of people—has multiplied exponentially over the years, with hundreds of students, faculty, and staff now gathering annually for this one-a-year extravaganza of inspiration.

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.

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.

Trees & Health: Growing the Solution

What effects can trees have on human health? On Sept. 28, Portland State University hosted an event to explore this question. Trees & Health: Growing the Solution was the first installment in a series developed in partnership with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Friends of Trees, Metro, and Forest Park Conservancy to share developments from our homegrown programs and discuss the ways in which nature can improve well-being and address many of the health challenges we face.

New book provides toolbox for campus-community collaboration on sustainability efforts

Portland State’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” speaks to the value the University places on engagement with its community and region. A recently released book by the same name describes the multi-faceted process of building sustainability programs at Portland State University—programs that rely on strong university-community relationships and a two-way pipeline of knowledge development and exchange.