As numerous outlets have reported today, Portland State University will be given $25 million over the next decade (contingent upon the school generating matching grants) from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation of Portland. The grant is for additional investments in research and teaching about sustainable environmental practices.
Graves also was told by PSU provost Roy Koch that the money will be used to support studies and research on sustainable practices in transportation, business, architecture and other areas.
[Update 9/12: A commenter writes, "NAAB (the accredidation folks) have closed the door on any new undergraduate programs. so PSU and any other schol seeking accreditation for a new professional degree has no choice but to seek the graduate designation."]
What else might those in the design community like to see done with this $25 million to forward the cause of sustainability in Portland at at PSU in particular? Oh, and one other thought: Apparently this foundation has been in operation since 2002. Where have they been before this? And is the $25 million the end of their donations, or the beginning? James and Marion Miller have both passed away, but one wonders if their foundation might be interested in future benefaction -- like, for example, towards a contemporary art museum?