Welcome to the Sustaining Urban Places Research (SUPR) Lab in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University. The SUPR lab is located in the Urban Center, room 240 and aims to support the research needs of the faculty, staff, and graduate students in the College. As a collaborative space that brings together the three schools of the College, the lab also aims to foster interdisciplinary research and community engagement. The lab is intended for use by faculty and their respective graduate research assistants and/or staff members on externally funded research projects.
On the weekend of August 19th, members of the SUPR Lab traveled to Eugene, Oregon in order to expand their Urban Heat Island Research. Visit the "News Links" in the "In the News" section of this site to learn more!
As part of a campus-wide strategy to support the assessment of air quality in the Portland Metro region, Dr. Shandas comments on the use of bio-indicators for evaluating ambient air pollutants. This recent report aired on New York City Public Radio (WNYC) on May 13, 2016. Listen to the story below:
On March 2nd, 2016 Dr. Shandas testified to City Council about the role of large trees in improving the health and well being of citizens. The hearing, which included testimony from 22 others, led to an immediate strengthening of the City's Tree Code.
Research in the SUPR Lab is based around data collection, engagement, and decision making. The SUPR Lab provides opportunities to collaborate across multiple fields of study to allow for a holistic approach to research.
The SUPR Lab highly encourages community outreach and provides many tools, such as the SUPR Map, that can help facilitate conversations and relations with the public.