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Community Spotlight: Q&A with Matt Gray

My name is Matt Gray. I am entering my second year of PSU's Master of Urban & Regional Planning program. I moved to Portland from Salt Lake City, Utah nearly a year ago. Since entering the program, I’ve been involved with Planning Club, board deputy for ITE-STEP (Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning), and Student Fellows of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Connecting a neighborhood: The Lents Green Ring

Many Portlanders are starting to recognize that they want fun and safe ways to walk and bike in and around their neighborhoods. Stepping out of their homes to walk or ride a bike shouldn’t be scary or uncomfortable. By utilizing the Lents Green Ring, the neighborhood is thinking creatively about how to connect places they value such as home, schools, grocery stores, parks, and local businesses.

Lynn Peterson brings practical solutions to Portland State symposium

The Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s “New Thinking for a New Era” symposium on transportation investment decision-making Sept. 21-22 equipped participants with new ideas, tools and approaches to making transportation investment decisions.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts Sacramento leaders on big day for transit in Portland

In September, PSU’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) led a transit and redevelopment tour for a delegation of leaders from Sacramento, in town to observe how Portland celebrates transit grand openings such as the MAX Orange Line, and to learn more about the growth of rail transit in the region, public engagement efforts, and redevelopment along transit corridors.  

Bike to PSU Challenge begins May 1

It’s that time again—time for the Bike to PSU Challenge. Sign up for the free competition today as a solo rider or start a team and invite others to join. The challenge runs May 1-May 31.

The secrets to successful winter bike commuting

This blog post originally appeared on the Oregon Environmental Council's "It's Your Oregon" blog. Fletcher Beaudoin, assistant director of Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, serves on the council's Emerging Leaders Board. 

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. 

FRINQs in the EcoDistricts: Lloyd

Jordyn Paul grew up in Portland but until the spring term of her freshman year at Portland State, she had no idea what an EcoDistrict was.

FRINQs in the EcoDistricts: Gateway

Chet Orloff’s FRINQ class, which has studied different aspects of Portland’s history and infrastructure over the course of the year, focused its attention during spring term on the Growing Gateway EcoDistrict in northeast Portland.