Urban Sustainability

Blumel LEED O+M Certification

The Joseph C. Blumel Residence Hall became Portland State’s second LEED for Operations + Maintenance (LEED O+M) certified building and the first to achieve Gold status under this designation in August 2018.

Portland State recognized in national annual sustainability rankings

The 2018 Sustainable Campus Index and Sierra Cool Schools rankings have been released, with Portland State once again being recognized for its sustainable operations, academics, research programs, and more.

Annual Chuck it for Charity event a waste diversion success

At its core, Chuck it for Charity seems simple, providing an easy way for students moving out of Portland State dorms to donate unwanted items to local charities and on-campus reuse programs. In reality, it requires a significant amount of coordination, partnership, volunteer and staff support, and comfort with some organized chaos. Despite these many moving pieces, this year’s event was one of the smoothest yet, thanks to the work and participation of Housing & Residence Life, student residents, volunteers, and the Campus Sustainability team.

Symposium takes on food and land justice

In May 2018, the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems hosted a Symposium on Food and Land Justice. The symposium, which featured two keynote speakers and a panel of local activists and practitioners, took place over two evenings, May 9th and 16th, at PSU’s Native American Student & Community Center. 

Engaging the community to achieve a vision: The Lents Green Ring

PSU sociology and urban planning researchers teamed up with City of Portland urban design staff to investigate accessibility and interests concerning green spaces in the city, including the Green Loop, a concept by the City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability that envisions green spaces, bike and pedestrian networks, and recreational routes as part of the Central City 2035 plan.

With green leasing, PSU extends sustainability efforts to commercial tenants

By Emily Quinton, graduate student, Environmental Science and Management

Sustainability courses: Fall 2017

From Anthropology of Food to Urban Housing and Development, sustainability courses for fall 2017 at Portland State University span more than a dozen subject areas.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Kevin Saavedra

My name is Kevin Saavedra, and I am a GIS & Planning Analyst at the Campus Planning Office. I completed my undergraduate work in Geography and City & Regional Planning at U.C. Berkeley, and I have a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Prior to accepting my current position at PSU, I worked as an urban planner and GIS analyst at a small city planning and urban design firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I specialized in transportation planning and Complete Streets projects. So I suppose I'm one of those California transplants I hear so much about.

Maps show 30 percent of Portland lots could host backyard homes

70,863 of the tax lots in Portland (about 30 percent) may be prime for ADU development.

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