Allen named head of PSU's sustainability institute

Jennifer Allen, Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions

After serving the institute in various capacities, including interim director, on Monday Jennifer Allen was named official director of Portland State University's Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Jennifer Allen was named director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University Monday, after serving as the interim director there since last October.

"With Jennfier's leadership, we can be confident that the institute is poised to lead PSU toward regional and national excellence in sustainability research, education and community engagement," said Roy Koch, PSU's provost and vice president of academic affairs, in a statement.

Allen stepped in as acting director of the institute last year after Robert Costanza, a high-profile hire by the university who moved to Portland from the University of Vermont in 2010, was removed from the post and given the title university professor of sustainability.

Allen also served as interim director of the institute's precursor, PSU's Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices. She is an associate professor of public administration.

Allen's work in sustainability has seen her working for the World Bank, Ecotrust and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She serves on multiple advisory boards and has degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and George Mason University.

Allen has been an advocate for green chemistry and green building materials among other sustainability initiatives.

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