The program has been designed by Portland State University to assist smaller cities and neighborhoods with their sustainability policy ideas, as well as recommendations and strategies for implementation.
Portland is well-known as a leading sustainable city and the Accelerator will offer mentorship and advice from Portland’s sustainability experts. Portland has led in a variety of sustainability efforts. Portland was the first American city to adopt a Global Warming Action Plan in 1993, and it is consistently ranked one of the most sustainable cities (if not the most sustainable). Mother Nature Network ranked it #1 in 2012, and Popular Science also called it the greenest city in the U.S. in 2008. In 2012, the city recycled 63% of its waste and held the highest number of LEED certified buildings in the country. The city cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 12.5% per capita between 1993 and 2009, while the rest of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions increased.