Putting Impact First: Community-University Partnerships to Advance Authentic Neighborhood Sustainability

  • Michelle L. Holliday Portland State University
  • Tony DeFalco Living Cully Coordinator, Verde
  • Jacob D.B. Sherman Portland State University
Keywords: Higher Education, interdisciplinary/intercommunity organizational Strategies


This article profiles a partnership between the Living Cully ecodistrict and Portland State University’s Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. The case studies presented in this article explore how Living Cully leveraged PSU assets to advance their goals, highlighting successes and lessons learned. This article also addresses how the partnership was formed, what makes the partnership innovative, the role of interdisciplinary/intercommunity organizational strategies, and how the community partner commits to urban sustainability and social justice.