|Overall Rating||Gold - expired|
|Submission Date||Feb. 11, 2011|
Portland State University
IN-3: Innovation 3
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
The PSU University EcoDistrict -
The nonprofit Portland+Oregon Sustainability Institute (PoSI) defines an EcoDistrict as a neighborhood or district with a broad commitment to accelerate neighborhood-scale sustainability. The institute has helped generate proposals, which established five pilot EcoDistricts. One is the South Waterfront area where the institute is working with Oregon Health & Science University. The others are at Portland State University, in the Lloyd District and in Portland’s Lents and Gateway neighborhoods.
The University EcoDistrict initiative enhances PSU's role in Portland's plans for sustainable growth. PoSI shares an office with PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.
PSU hosted an EcoDistricts Summit in 2010: http://www.pdx.edu/news/the-oregonian-ecodistricts-summit-making-a-city-more-sustainable-through-its-neighborhoods.
The University EcoDistrict will be anchored by the Oregon Sustainability Center, the first high-rise Living Building Challenge structure of its size as determined by the US Green Building Council.
Capstone students are engaged in University EcoDistrict projects in modeling, communication, and materials process improvement. Research faculty are focusing on a major GIS modeling project for the EcoDistrict.
A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
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