1st Edition

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.

    Preface Tom Fisher, Director, Metropolitan Design Center, University of MinnesotaIntroduction B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Jennifer H. Allen, Jacob Sherman1. A year-long journey in the orchard: Growing community amid the brambles Kevin Kecskes, Rita Sumner, Erin Elliott & Adriane Ackerman2. Engaged in waste: Two Case Studies from Portland State linking operational sustainability and student/community engagement Brad Melaugh and Thea Kindschuh3. What happens when high school students publish books: Cultural sustainability in a university–community partnership Per Henninsgaard4. Promoting international urban sustainability through innovative community–university partnership: The case of Hoi An, Vietnam Shpresa Halimi, Julia Babcock and Marcus Ingle5. Bridges to a brighter future: University/Corrections partnerships as a sustainability issue Deborah Smith Arthur6. Rooted in History: Portland’s Heritage Trees Catherine McNeur7. Food access and affordability in the Foster Green Ecodistrict: Lessons from student engagement with equity and sustainability in SE Portland Hunter Shobe and Gwyneth Manser8. Portland made: Building partnerships to support the local artisan/maker community Charles Heying and Stephen Marotta9. Partnerships for healthy classrooms: The SAGE green modular classroom project Margarette Leite10. Crossing boundaries; Context, culture, and practice in transnational collaborations Jack Corbett, Nydia Dehli Mata-Sánchez and Mandy Elder11. Building cultural bridges: Inclusive environmental planning and outreach through university–community partnerships Renée Bogin Curtis and Nelda E. Reyes Garcia12. Decolonizing sustainability: Students, teachers, and indigenous-university partnerships Katrine Barber and Donna Sinclair13. 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 Muhammad14. Building Culture: Design Thinking & Architecture–Community Relationships B.D. Wortham-GalvinAbout the authors


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