For over a decade, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) at Portland State University has provided leadership in campus and community engagement, research and education around issues of livability, climate change and sustainable cities and regions. ISS’s success over the years is due in no small part to its ability to match the passion and expertise of PSU faculty and students with the needs of community groups, government agencies and businesses to develop practical solutions to 21st-century challenges.
PSU recently announced that Fletcher Beaudoin is taking over the helm of the ISS as the institute’s director. Beaudoin is filling the position left open by Robert Liberty, who moved on from the university in January after seven years on the job.
Beaudoin joined the team at ISS in 2011 as partnerships director before becoming the institute’s assistant director in 2012. Now, as director, Beaudoin said he will build upon ISS’s long history of programs and partnerships that provide opportunities for PSU faculty, students, and staff to engage in critical sustainability issues facing the region. That means increasing ISS’s capacity for supporting research and community engagement activities that advance sustainability transformations. An essential part of this effort will be developing a deeper understanding of the challenges threatening the livability and health of our region and the underlying systems preventing progress on those issues.
“At PSU, we’ve been a place to connect faculty, staff and students with common interests in sustainability and provide support for turning those connections into collaborative projects and partnerships,” Beaudoin said. “I’m looking forward to building upon and expanding that tradition.”
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