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Sustainable Solutions: University–Community Partnerships

What is the role of the university? Current systems may stress research output, but Wortham-Galvin, Allen, and Sherman seek to re-establish the importance of teaching and service in the work of the 21st-century university. The Sustainable Solutions series shares Portland State University’s experience of community-engaged teaching and research. With a focus on sustainability, we see that such collaboration is vital to making Portland one of the world’s most sustainable cities.

Volume 2, University–Community Partnerships, builds on the themes introduced in Volume 1, Let Knowledge Serve the City, to explore how these partnerships play out in practice. Covering 13 projects, which range from supporting local artisans and researching food access, to sharing Indigenous history and decolonizing perceptions of knowledge, readers receive pragmatic advice on working with community organizations. Authors also offer critical reflection on how theories of engagement have structured PSU’s work and how their findings impact our very understanding of partnership.

This reader-friendly text provides an ideal introduction to anyone wishing to learn more about models of effective collaboration and how to put these into practice. Explained through the context of specific projects, the book offers both inspiration and practical guidance to anyone — in local government, academia, or the third sector — looking to set up productive community–university partnerships.

Praise for the Sustainable Solutions series:

Portland State University continues to be at the forefront of advancing sustainable outcomes in partnership with local communities. This book provides the toolbox for successful campus-community efforts for the cities around the world looking for tools to more sustainably address complex urban challenges. I’m continually impressed with the success of PSU’s sustainability programs, research and partnerships. Let Knowledge Serve the City proves that their model is not only replicable, but revolutionary for cities around the globe.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer

Praise for the Sustainable Solutions series:

A great example of vision, execution, and civic engagement led by faculty and administration of PSU ... an exceptional and inspiring story about cross-fertilization between higher education and Main Street that works to sustain and energize.

David W. Orr, Counselor to the President, Oberlin College

Preface
Tom Fisher, Director, Metropolitan Design Center, University of Minnesota

Introduction
B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Jennifer H. Allen, Jacob Sherman

1. A year-long journey in the orchard: Growing community amid the brambles
Kevin Kecskes, Rita Sumner, Erin Elliott & Adriane Ackerman

2. Engaged in waste: Two Case Studies from Portland State linking operational sustainability and student/community engagement
Brad Melaugh and Thea Kindschuh

3. What happens when high school students publish books: Cultural sustainability in a university–community partnership
Per Henninsgaard

4. Promoting international urban sustainability through innovative community–university partnership: The case of Hoi An, Vietnam
Shpresa Halimi, Julia Babcock and Marcus Ingle

5. Bridges to a brighter future: University/Corrections partnerships as a sustainability issue
Deborah Smith Arthur

6. Rooted in History: Portland’s Heritage Trees
Catherine McNeur

7. Food access and affordability in the Foster Green Ecodistrict: Lessons from student engagement with equity and sustainability in SE Portland
Hunter Shobe and Gwyneth Manser

8. Portland made: Building partnerships to support the local artisan/maker community
Charles Heying and Stephen Marotta

9. Partnerships for healthy classrooms: The SAGE green modular classroom project
Margarette Leite

10. Crossing boundaries; Context, culture, and practice in transnational collaborations
Jack Corbett, Nydia Dehli Mata-Sánchez and Mandy Elder

11. Building cultural bridges: Inclusive environmental planning and outreach through university–community partnerships
Renée Bogin Curtis and Nelda E. Reyes Garcia

12. Decolonizing sustainability: Students, teachers, and indigenous-university partnerships
Katrine Barber and Donna Sinclair

13. Critical indigenous pedagogy of place: Bridging teaching, researching, and mentoring for social sustainability, equity, and change
Alma M.O. Trinidad, Keisha Mateo, Berenis Peregrino-Galvez, Kris Kelsang Lipman, Pablo H. Saldana, Mireaya Medina, Imani Muhammad

14. Building Culture: Design Thinking & Architecture–Community Relationships
B.D. Wortham-Galvin

About the authors

B.D. WORTHAM-GALVIN and JENNIFER H. ALLEN are faculty members at Portland State University, and JACOB SHERMAN is Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator at Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

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