As part of critical efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Oregon has committed to achieving 50,000 registered electric vehicles in Oregon by 2020 (per executive order 17-21), and to strive for all passenger vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) as fast as possible and no later than 2050, as specified in the ZEV … Read more
Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University are leading an effort, along with their community partners, to create an Urban-Rural Ambassador Program, a two-week, six-credit residential summer institute for undergraduate students to explore urban and rural connections in Oregon, and to develop the collaborative skills to work across Oregon’s urban-rural divide. For more information see … Read more
An Oregon Solutions team of PSU students and volunteers led by National Policy Consensus Center Senior Fellow Beverly Stein provided facilitation and consulting services during the early phases of the Oregon Business Council’s Poverty Reduction Task Force in cooperation with ECO Northwest. The task force developed an integrated framework to address poverty that included the … Read more
The Oregon Energy Plan identified Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) as a strategy to reduce energy consumption in the transportation sector. The Oregon Transportation Research Education Consortium defined and supported ITS strategies for implementation in Oregon. This project incubated a state-wide collaboration of response personnel to establish a Traffic Incident Management Implementation Committee, tasked with implementing … Read more
Wrapped up in the name “sage-grouse” are a host of complex issues related to public lands, the settlement of the American West, roles and layers of government, rural communities, energy and economic development, wildfire, outdoor recreation and vast ecosystems supporting unique and important wildlife. While often expressed shorthand in the name of this particular bird … Read more
The Oregon Sustainability Board wanted to provide support and guidance for schools and districts as they endeavor to improve ecological performance and save money. Governor Ted Kulongoski asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to convene a team of key representatives from public, private, and nonprofit entities to develop a compendium of practices and resources for … Read more
Oregon Solutions convened eight counties across the state to develop locally-based approaches to reduce the number of Oregon children in foster care by 20 percent by 2011. The project was spurred in part by a grant from the Casey Foundation, with an emphasis on creating alternatives to foster care and addressing equity issues. The counties … Read more
The Oregon Solutions Animal By-Products project explored economically viable, environmentally benign and socially acceptable options for processing the organic residues of slaughtering offal, other meat-based residues, and on-farm animal mortality into marketable products. The project pursued options that captured by-product value through energy production and nutrient recycling in addition to traditional rendering products.
The Oregon Solutions Stream Restoration Partnership Project, sponsored by The Freshwater Trust and the Department of State Lands (DSL), was designed with the goal of making private land restoration easier on a landscape scale and at an accelerated pace that promotes the quality conservation outcomes needed to attain watershed health in a meaningful time frame.