Head of the class: PSU announces first sustainable city enrollees

Louisville leaders are among the first city representatives who'll attend Portland State's urban sustainability classes.

Louisville leaders are among the first city representatives who'll attend Portland State's urban sustainability classes. 

Portland State University's Urban Sustainability Accelerator has selected its first class of American mid-sized cities that'll learn sustainability lessons from a respected school division.

PSU's Urban Sustainability Accelerator's 2013-14 class includes the cities of Waco, Texas, Wichita, Kan., Portland, Maine, Louisville, Ky., El Paso, Texas, and Elk Grove and Rancho Cordova, Calif. The latter two cities are part of the Sacramento Council of Governments.

The city teams were selected for participation in the program based on their desire and capacity to advance plans and policies related to sustainability in their own regions, according to a PSU release. The cities' representatives will work to integrate green infrastructure with urban redevelopment and infill projects.

“Over the last 40 years, people in our region — at PSU, in government, the private sector, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders — have acquired valuable expertise in many sustainability subjects,” said Robert Liberty, director of the Urban Sustainability Accelerator, in a statement. “Today, as other cities aspire to greater sustainability they can both draw upon that expertise, and through our collaboration with them, contribute to that store of knowledge.”

The cities will dispatch leaders to Portland in July for a three-day technical workshop with accelerator staff and regional experts in sustainable urban development, green building and transportation.

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