Oregon’s green reputation got a big boost this week, with the news that the state, along with Oregon State University, has signed a five-year agreement with Iraq to help its universities develop sustainable engineering and design programs. Oregon officials say the agreement won’t just benefit Iraq — OSU faculty and students will have exchange opportunities that will enrich their educational experience as well.
Meanwhile, sustainability gurus in Portland are busy developing five “EcoDistricts” in the city. Leaders like Rob Bennett say the idea is less about creating one particular green policy and more about coordinating various existing environmental strategies in a particular neighborhood.
Did you attend the recent EcoDistricts Summit in Portland? Do you work in a sustainable industry? What does that mean to you? What value do you see in an Oregon-Iraq partnership? What questions do you have about it?
- Catherine Mater: Director of Sustainability for the College of Engineering at Oregon State University
- Joshua Mater: Department of Defense employee; CEO of the Michael Scott Mater Foundation
- Rob Bennett: Executive director of the Portland Sustainability Institute
- John Knott: CEO of the Noisette Company in South Carolina