May 9, 2016
Departments named Climate Champions
Collecting dried-out pens for recycling, participating in the PSU Bike Challenge and switching to electronic filing to save paper are all ways PSU departments supported the University’s sustainability and climate action goals this year. Their conservation efforts have earning them silver level Climate Champions recognition from the Campus Sustainability Office this month. Of the 27 departments that applied, nine met at least 36 of 50 criteria to attain the silver level status: Office of the President, Transportation & Parking Services, Bike Hub, Environmental Health & Safety, School of Social Work, Learning Center, Student Sustainability Center, University Honors College, and Institute for Sustainable Solutions. READ MORE
PSU partners with city, county on toxic air study
The PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions will conduct an in-depth look at heavy metals in Portland metro neighborhoods over the next two years—taking more than 600 samples for metals in air, soil and other surfaces. The study, led by Environmental Science and Management Professor and ISS Fellow Linda George, is a partnership with the City of Portland and Multnomah County. The city and county are providing $62,500 in matching funds for the project. Results will help inform policy makers, public health agencies and concerned neighbors about toxic metals air pollution. READ MORE
Leno to deliver Simon Benson keynote
Comedian Jay Leno is the keynote speaker for the 17th annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Oregon Convention Center. The dinner is an annual fundraising event and celebration hosted by the PSU Foundation. Alumni to be honored at the event include Philanthropic Honorees Keren Brown Wilson PhD ’83 and Michael DeShane PhD ’77, MA ’71, BA ’69; and Alumni Achievement Honoree Tom Fink ’71. The event co-chairs are Paul Schlesinger, Peter W. Stott and John Whearty ’91. Sponsorship and ticket information for the dinner is available on the PSU Foundation website.
Business Breakfast Briefings open to all
For the past 12 years, the School of Business Administration has brought together executives, entrepreneurs and innovators from throughout the region and the country to discuss the trends and challenges facing business leaders today. The last two briefings for the year are scheduled for May 16 and June 6. They are, respectively, “Athletic & Outdoor Industry: Wearable Technology” and “Global Supply Chain Management: Corporate Social Responsibility.” The briefings are open to the public and are scheduled from 7 to 9:30 a.m. at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel. Tickets cost $20 and $10 for students. Registration is requested.
Study finds cocktail of contaminants in oysters
In a new study led by PSU researchers, Olympia oysters in Coos and Netarts bays were found to contain a cocktail of pharmaceuticals and other potentially harmful chemicals—including pain relievers, antibiotics, antihistamines, PCBs, mercury and pesticides. The chemicals enter the bays via groundwater runoff and wastewater that’s discharged to inland rivers. The research team—which includes Environmental Science and Management Associate Professor and ISS Fellow Elise Granek and researchers from partner organizations—found that individual concentrations of chemicals are within the safe levels designated by the Oregon Health Authority; however, the health risks of consuming seafood that contains a combination of these chemicals are unknown, as are the ecological effects. READ MORE
Green Roots Cafe to close
Leading up to its closing at the end of spring term, the Green Roots Cafe in Smith Memorial Student Union is serving customers in coffee shop style rather than its previous restaurant model. The cafe is offering a breakfast menu until noon and grab-and-go lunch options all day, and is continuing to host catered events. Green Roots Cafe Budget Manager Hayden Leach says the cafe will close due to financial strain from increased losses this year and limitations on support from the Student Fee Committee. The cafe hopes to provide continued opportunities for students to learn about sustainable food services on campus, but future plans are not in place.
Capstone students earn grant for African outdoor camp for the deaf
PSU students in the Grantwriting: Sustainability Capstone received a $1,000 grant for Portland’s African sister city Mutare, Zimbabwe, and Nzewe School’s camp for the deaf. Students in English Professor Tracy Dillon’s course partnered with the Portland-Mutare Sister City Association to raise the funds for the school, which provides education and vo-tech training to deaf people ages 3 to 21 and their families. The grant, provided by The Columbia River Peace Corps Association, was matched by PMSCA for the purpose of holding camps where deaf students from Eastern Zimbabwe can experience the outdoors while building their self-esteem, independence and sign language skills.