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Pioneer Courthouse Square (Portland, Or.), Climate change mitigation


A Stronger Square aims to provide an inventory of climate resiliency initiatives for Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square that may be applied to mitigate the worst effects of climate change that the Portland metropolitan region is expected to face over the next 20 years. Given Pioneer Courthouse Square’s reliance on extensive programming and events throughout the year to fund its continued maintenance and upkeep in support of its mission to serve as “Portland’s Living Room”, it is important that operational and design alternatives begin to be considered in order to allow Pioneer Courthouse Square to continue to fulfill its mission well into the future. In collaboration with Pioneer Courthouse Square Inc (PSCI)., the nonprofit tasked with Pioneer Courthouse Square’s operation and maintenance in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation, the student team assessed the anticipated effects of climate change on Portland over the next 20 years in coordination with subject matter experts, developed a menu of mitigation options that could be implemented at Pioneer Courthouse Square that addressed various climate impacts, formulated specific recommendations based on stakeholder interviews and public engagement, and provided potential next steps that PSCI could take for Pioneer Courthouse Square’s future.


Client: Pioneer Courthouse Square Inc.


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