UO sustainability program to take on Portland real estate development
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Students from the University of Oregon's Oregon Leadership in Sustainability certificate program will take on sustainable real estate development in Portland starting in April.
The University of Oregon tripled enrollment in the second year of its new Oregon Leadership in Sustainability certificate. EIghteen program participants will work on a development project along the Willamette River this spring.
The program, launched in 2011, is a graduate certificate with coursework covering water, waste, transportation and land use. It was originally expected to educate between 25 and 30 students per year.
A spring assignment starting April 1 will have students working in Portland on what the program calls the Sustainable Real Estate Development Challenge. Students will work on sustainable development concepts and ecological designs for a 12-block area of downtown Portland, stretching from the Morrison Bridge to the Burnside Bridge.
The project is focused on land owned by the Downtown Development Group LLC. Mentors and support for the project will be provided by the Oregon chapter of NAIOP, a commercial real estate development association.
The majority of this year's class came from outside the state, according to a post on the Oregon Research website.
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