This audio collection is part of an ongoing senior capstone project at Portland State University. Launched in 2006 by Peter Kopp and Joshua Binus, the Sustainability History Project collection now contains interviews with hundreds of Portland entrepreneurs, innovators, and decision-makers who are working to implement sustainability strategies in their business practices, institutional policies, and daily lives. Over two hundred Portland State students, spanning seven years, researched and conducted these interviews. The range of topics includes education, reuse, agriculture, housing, food supply, green building, transportation, forestry, recycling, green burial, landscaping, reclamation, and policy making.

Each interview includes an audio recording, a brief biography of the interview subject, and a description of the scope of the discussion. Some interviews include additional materials, most commonly an interview index, available as a downloadable PDF, as well as, in some cases, photographs or related publications. Original processing of collection completed by Heather Burmeister.


Browse the Special Collections: Sustainability History Project Collections:

All Sustainability History Project Oral Histories

Building and Landscaping


Food Supply and Agriculture



Green Burial

Reuse and Recycling

Transportation and Housing