2015 Portland Summer Sustainability Institute

Supporting Sustainability, High Density, and Livable Design

Thursday and Friday, June 18-19, 2015
Portland, Oregon

Are you a high school or college instructor interested in adding and integrating sustainability into your curricula? Are you teaching in fields related to design, build, landscape, environmental studies, or operations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington or northern California?

Announcing the 2015 1 and 1/2 -day Portland Summer Sustainability Institute (SSI) entitled "Supporting Sustainability, High Density and Livable Design," hosted by Portland Community College with generous support from the National Science Foundation. This year's SSI will:

  1. Build awareness of the triple-bottom-line (TBL) impacts of the built environment and investigate the importance and benefits of promoting livable, high density design
  2. Investigate the options for balancing land use needs for housing with needs for agriculture, landscapes and greenscapes, and natural resources.
  3. Host a Design Charrette in which participants will design and envision places that support "conscious living" -- places where occupants are actively conscious of the impact they have on their environment and employ practices to mitigate their impact, and conserve and protect natural resources.

This Institute is designed for high school or college instructors in the following fields:

Potential Speakers:

Draft Schedule:

Thursday, June 18:

Friday, June 19:

The 2015 Portland Summer Sustainability Institute is full. Applications are not being taken at this time.

No prerequisites are required and CEUs/PDUs (professional development units) will be offered.

Participants attend the Institute at no cost and receive all course materials, a $200 stipend and meals. Travel costs are not included, but hotel lodging will be reserved and covered for out-of-town guests for the nights of Wednesday, June 17 and Thursday, June 18.

Participants will be chosen based on their ability to attend all of the SSI, the quality of their course revision proposals and the relevancy of the SSI to their disciplines, recognizing the need to have a fair distribution across disciplines, institutions, and states.

For more information, contact us at:

Heidi Sickert, Project Director, heidi.sickert@pcc.edu, 971.722.4465

Denise Roy, Project Co-PI, droy@pcc.edu, 971.722.4166