Sustainable cities foster a community-engaged university

Portland, one of the world’s most sustainable cities, benefits from university-community partnerships on sustainability exemplified by Portland State University’s (PSU) community engagement. B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Jennifer H. Allen and Jacob Sherman discuss Portland State University’s (PSU) community engagement experiences, and reflect on the importance of teaching and service in Volume 2 of the Sustainable Solutions series. The Sustainable Solutions Series compiles best practices in community-engaged scholarship with a focus on sustainability. Its key themes include capacity-building, socio-political questions, case studies on partnerships in play, partnership orientations and emerging trends, and innovation. In addition, it proposes questions for sustainability-focused community-university efforts.

Sustainable Solutions: University–Community Partnerships explores thirteen partnership projects in areas including arts support, food access research and Indigenous history, to illustrate collaborations in practice. Critical reflections of PSU’s work has been shaped by theories of engagement. The research provides an accessible introduction to models of effective collaboration and practice.  

Award-winning B.D. Wortham-Galvin is Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Portland State University (PSU). Jennifer H. Allen, Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Hatfield School of Government, PSU, serves with leading sustainability organizations.  Jacob Sherman, Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, PSU, manages  a number of university-community initiatives.

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