Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Beth Lloyd-Pool
Program Administrator
Institute for Sustainable Solutions
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

Because sustainability can't be confined to a single field, the next generation of solutions requires unprecedented collaboration across disciplinary lines and with off-campus partners. This is where Portland State shines, with our seamless transition between campus and community, learning and service.

Set in the heart of the city, our campus is a vibrant urban living laboratory. From green buildings to smart transportation systems, we are transforming our place even as we learn and test new innovations.

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is PSU’s focal point for sustainability research, education, and outreach, administering the Miller Foundation’s 10-year investment in sustainability at PSU.

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is helping advance three research focal areas at PSU, with the goal of making our region more equitable, resource efficient, and economically vibrant:

1. Urban Sustainability: Building smart cities
From sustainable transportation options to greening whole neighborhoods, we are tackling important issues of urban livability.

2. Ecosystem Services: Understanding nature’s benefits
The challenge to sustain ecosystems—and the vital services they provide—alongside growing human populations is one that deserves our best minds and efforts. PSU is taking whole-systems approaches to tackle these complex problems.

3. Social Determinants of Health: Connecting wellness, place, and equity
PSU research is helping redefine the term "health care" to include the conditions in which people are born, live, work, and age, and how these social factors affect equity and access to opportunities.

Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions conducted a university wide research inventory and identified all of the university approved research projects that have a core sustainability theme.

The Office of Research and Strategic Partnerships tracks all of the research projects that are proposed and identifies which of these projects are sustainability related. Separate tracking is done for projects that are internally funded versus those that receive external funding.

Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

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