Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
PAE-3: Physical Campus Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jenny McNamara
Sustainability Manager
Campus Sustainability Office
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Does the institution's physical campus plan include sustainability at a high level?:

A brief description of how the physical campus plan or amendment includes sustainability:

The five key Framework Plan goals include advancing PSU as “a model sustainable community” (p. 5)

The Framework Plan commits PSU to long-range strategies for developing system sustainability on a neighborhood/district scale with many partner organizations. The EcoDistrict approach influences nearly every aspect of the FP as a way of guiding sustainable development and strengthing the University’s bonds in the neighborhood (Economic and Social Sust.)

EcoDistrict Initiative calls for code revision to allow increased mixed-use and solar installations, system energy and heating/cooling, water use reduction, LEED (or similar) building certification, and energy/resource data tracking procedures.

The Framework Plan explicitly outlines sustainability goals to be met with the below strategies:

· Functioning, “living laboratory” of sustainability practice and research

· Green Streets to support active transportation and stormwater management

· High-intensity, mixed-use development that supports live/work/learn lifestyles

· Promotion of transit access and transit-served building uses

· Reduce automobile trips and relocate parking to campus periphery, allowing more intense campus core uses

· Prioritize building reuse/renovation and pursue green strategies for all new and rebuild work.

· Investment in walking and bicycling infrastructure and amenities

· Increasing open space and for recreation and as an energy or stormwater mgmt. venue

The plan includes transportation options that preserve PSU's place as a national leader in transportation management.In addition, there are elements dealing with climate change, such as clustering of buildings, district energy, and stormwater management. Key elements of the plan are green streets, which establish east-west corridors for non-motorized traffic and stormwater management.


· FP developed in partnership with PDC’s Economic Development Plan and PoSi’s EcoDistrict Initiative to promote public/private partnerships towards development, research, and district opportunity equity.

The year the physical campus plan was developed or adopted:

The website URL where the physical campus plan is available:

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