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Institute for Sustainable Solutions

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions

At Portland State, we harness the strengths of our urban university to take on the environmental, social, and economic problems of our time. Our seamless connection between classroom and city enables our students and faculty to collaboratively design innovative, real-world solutions for our campus, community, and beyond.

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) serves as a hub for integrating and accelerating Portland State's sustainability research, education, and practice. Because sustainability requires knowledge from every field, the Institute is not part of any one department. Rather, it spans the university—advancing cross-campus sustainability research and curriculum, supporting co-curricular student activities and pathways to green careers, and engaging the community on key issues.

ISS administers the ten-year, $25 million challenge grant for sustainability made to the University by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation in September 2008. It is home to the Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, the Ecosystem Services for Urbanizing Regions Graduate Research Traineeship (IGERT), and the Solutions Generator, which provides student funding for collaborative sustainability projects on campus and in affiliation with community initiatives. Learn more at

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