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Green--It's More Than Our School Color

At Portland State University, students have the opportunity to do more than study sustainability, they engage directly with the community around us to make sustainability real. Our goal is to harness the strengths of our university--our new ideas, our innovative partnerships, our academic rigor--toward solving the environmental, social, and economic problems of our time.

Much of our green school spirit can be seen on the campus itself. The University has undergone a flurry of new building activity over the past eight years, with each new building or major renovation built to at least a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Our new buildings include such sustainable design features as ecoroofs, rainwater harvesting, and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Working with like-minded businesses, individuals, and organizations, faculty and students are performing valuable research on alternative energy sources such as solar panels; aggressive waste reduction and recycling programs; sustainable building practices; and much more. Many of the University's 125 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees encourage you to consider issues that integrate economic, social, and environmental viewpoints. Armed with this knowledge and experience, students will join a generation of leaders building a more sustainable world, one idea at a time.

Click here to read more about campus and academic sustainability at PSU.

Click here to read about the $25 million Miller Grant, the largest gift in PSU history.

Click here to take a self-guided tour to learn more about green innovations at PSU.

Click here to view a map of LEED Certified buildings in campus

Click here for a listing of PSU's sustainability rankings and references

Click here to read about our investments in new positions and sustainability.