Connecting Curriculum to Community Research: Professional Services, Research, and Teaching

  • W. Barry Messer Portland State University
  • Peter J. Collier Portland State University
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Environmental Services, Capstone


Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services (CES) has helped shape the Portland metropolitan region’s sustainable materials management practices for more than twenty-five years. CES’s research and program development services have benefitted community partners that in turn have provided hundreds of students with rich educational experiences. PSU faculty members also advance their pedagogical and research agendas through the development of CES-affiliated capstone courses. This article explores the CES co-production model from the perspectives of students, faculty members, and community partners.