Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.55
Liaison Daryl Pierson
Submission Date Feb. 11, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Portland State University
PAE-19: Community Sustainability Partnerships

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Noelle Studer-Spevak
Sustainability Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution participate in community sustainability partnerships that meet the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability partnerships with the local community:

Portland State University engages with more than 1,000 community partners annually. These partnerships range from very formal and institutional in focus with the local transit agency to very small scale partnership between individual faculty and community partners that engage students in a local stream restoration project. It would be impossible to list the range and scope of all of these partnerships. These partnerships all touch on the various dimensions of sustainability.

Environmental Sustainability Partnership Example: Community Watershed Stewardship Project (CWSP). In partnerships with the Bureau of Environmental Sciences, graduate students administer a grant program to community groups working on watershed improvement projects. http://www.portlandonline.com/bes/index.cfm?c=43077

Social Sustainability Example: Working with a local homeless youth serving organization, p:ear, faculty and students are using mentorship and the tools of education, art and recreation. p:ear's Kitchen and Food program in partnership with PSU hands-on training for youth in the areas of food preparation, nutrition, and the economics of eating.

First Stop Portland
Each year Portland receives thousands of visitors coming to learn about leading practices and sustainable technologies. First Stop Portland is provides the following services to visiting delegations:
-Assistance in planning and logistics support for your itineraries, conferences, events
-Organized site visits, Study Tours, and mobile workshops, and presentations
-Unparalleled access to Portland's experts and researchers
-Meeting spaces for workshops, lectures, and debriefing

Solutions Journal Seminars are free and open to the public. PSU partners with Illahee Institute to bring sustainability leaders to Portland and share the talks online. http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/seminarserieslive?quicktabs_1=2

The website URL where information about sustainability partnerships is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.