Sustainable Cities

View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion

Portland State Invests $3 Million to Study Homelessness and Smart Cities

Two new research hubs will explore the intersections between homelessness, technology, and urban planning.

October 9, 2018 - Oregon Live

Portland, Oregon Library

The 3 E's of Sustainability in Local Climate Action: The Portland Clean Energy Initiative

Urban sustainability efforts have historically failed to advance all three E’s of sustainability: environmental action, economic development, and equity. However, a movement is underway to put equity—the oft-ignored E—at the forefront.

September 24, 2018 - Megan Horst

Urban Ecology and the Evolution of the City

A recent article reveals the inconspicuous nature of the city—an ecosystem, "pipes and all."

November 12, 2014 - The Boston Globe

Curitiba Skyline

Ecocity versus Duplicity

If certain elements of masterplanning are not carefully chosen—and their impacts not carefully explained to final decision makers—then there runs great risk that the cities we design from scratch perform worse than the cities we already have.

April 28, 2014 - Ian Sacs

Water Bottles

San Francisco Enacts Plastic Water Bottle Ban

First came plastic bags, then styrofoam cups, and now, plastic water bottles—though the ban is not as far-reaching as the former two in that it is restricted to sales on city property, including street fairs.

March 8, 2014 - San Francisco Examiner

Net Positive Urban Retrofit - Is It Possible?

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March 31, 2012 - Walker Wells

Greening Pilgrimages in Holy Cities

Pilgrimages to holy sites around the world have caused large amounts of waste and pollution because of the large amount of people gathering together for one event and consumeristic habits, writes George Webster for CNN

November 10, 2011 - CNN

Sustainability and Affordability Don't Always Go Hand in Hand

Op-ed columnist Andrew Ross notes that while some progressive cities are being lauded for sustainable, green design, most American cities struggle to achieve sustainable results that are available to all residents.

November 8, 2011 - The New York Times

Sustainable Practices Find a Home in the Americas

Whether in Cupertino, Calif. or Curitiba, Brazil, cities are starting an aggressive move toward sustainability in the Americas. In this evolution, technology, citizen involvement and innovation will play a role transforming cities, Leon Kaye writes.

July 5, 2011 - Guardian

Five Materials Improving Sustainability In Construction

Joe Peach explains the technology behind five materials that will dramatically increase sustainability in the building industry. Among the list are wool bricks which are stronger, greater insulators and don't require firing to set.

November 15, 2010 - This Big City

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.