The Urban Greenspaces Institute is actively involved in numerous issues related to urban parks, trails and greenspaces planning. The following are links to some of the agencies, programs and events that relate to the Institute's work:
Connecting Green Alliance - The Institute is a founding member of the Connecting Green Alliance, a coalition of nonprofit organizations such as Trust for Public Land, Audubon Society of Portland and the Urban Greenspaces Institute; public agencies such as Metro, Portland Parks and Recreation, and Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services.
Metro - The only directly elected regional government in the United States. Executive Director Mike Houck sits on Metro's Reserves Steering Committee, which makes recommendations to the Metro Council on issues related to future expansions of the region's urban growth boundary.
The Institute is also a member organization of the Coalition for a Livable Future, which Mike Houck helped found in 1994. Mike currently serves on the Coalition's board of directors.
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES)' watershed planning program. The Institute works closely with BES staff on urban stormwater management issues.
Mike Houck was appointed by the city of Portland to represent the Institute on Portland's Office of Sustainable Development and Multnomah County's joint Sustainable Development Commission. The city of Portland and Multnomah County are noted for their green building, energy conservation, solid waste reduction, and greenhouse gas emission-reduction programs. The Institute's role on the commission is to ensure ecosystem, park and greenspace issues are integrated into the city's and county's nationally and internationally renowned sustainable development policies and programs.
Portland State University, Geography Department - Mike Houck is an adjunct instructor in PSU's Geography Department, where he teaches and works closely with Dr. Joe Poracsky and others on issues related to urban natural resources. The Institute's offices are in the department's Center for Spatial Analysis and Research.
Audubon Society of Portland - 10,000-member chapter of National Audubon Society, the largest chapter in the United States.
Mike Houck sits on the advisory board for the Ecological Cities Project in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has worked with Ecological Cities Director Dr. Rutherford Platt on issues related to urban ecology at the national level.