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Clean Challenge Semi Finalist: Green Innovations Inc.
Trudy Toliver '84
Laura Kutner - Trash For Peace
“We know we are having an impact and that makes everything worth it.”
Meet Heather Spalding
A collaborative documentary by Matt and John Dean Ossowski exploring sustainability-focused community initiatives in Portland, OR and Utica, NY.
Learning Garden Laboratory
Promoting sustainable gardening, growing food and healthy nutrition.
The College of Urban and Public Affairs
Our Community Partner: Office of Sustainable Development
This partnership is designed to develop case studies of green building practices in the City of Portland and to provide assistance to promoting green building within the City of Portland.
Our Community Partner: Oregon Center for Environmental Health
OCEH is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to reducing and eliminating toxic chemicals that are long-lasting and build up in living tissues, threatening the health and reproductive viability of humans and wildlife. Students use the OCEH as a practicum site for learning about sustainability and environmental health issues.
Our Community Partner: Axis Performance
AXIS Performance Advisors is a management consulting firm specializing in the implementation of sustainable business practices. This partnership is a joint collaboration between PSU and Axis Performance to offer a professional certificate in implementing sustainability practices.
Our Community Partner: PGE Foundation
Students are forming a mini-foundation to research non-profits and their funding needs in Portland. Through a grant from the PGE Foundation, they will disperse $5000 in grant funds to solicited organizations through a competetive process.
Our Community Partner: Metro Regional Government
Metro funds commercial technical assistance projects providing on-site assistance to businesses throughout the region focusing on recovering additional resources from the waste stream, increasing markets for recycled content products, and promoting waste prevention practices.
Our Community Partner: Port of Portland
PSU faculty and students have conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the port's solid waste and recycling management systems, providing recommendations for improvement, including establishing the only major airport food waste diversion program in the country.
Our Community Partner: Minority Business Opportunity Committee
The Oregon Federal Executive Board's Minority Business Opportunity Committee (MBOC) is a partnership that strives to enhance opportunities for women-owned and minority-owned small businesses to earn contracts on public and private sector projects.
Our Community Partner: The Wetlands Conservatory
TWC works with local communities, land trusts, watershed councils, and state resource managers to build local stewardship and acquire lands. TWC and PSU's Geography Department have created a website to disseminate information about the state's important wetlands.
Our Community Partner: Oregon Food Bank
Student interns conduct research in support of the Fresh Alliance program which seeks to recover perishable food from retailers as it reaches its expiration date.
Our Community Partner: PSU - Urban Studies and Public Health
Deteriorating physical features of urban environments can negatively impact public health. Students in Urban Planning and Public Health conduct research to determine relationships between poor living conditions and physcial/mental health.
Our Community Partner: p:ear
Students in the Strategic Management for Non-profits University Studies Capstone course assist with the sustainability and growth needs of p:ear, an organization which uses education, art, and recreation to address homeless youth needs.
Our Community Partner: Know Ivy League of Forest Park
Students survey and obtain data in three locations with different degrees of urbanization in Forest Park. All of the information collected will help in understanding the relationship between ivy and native plants with regard to human impacts/urbanization.
Our Community Partner: Johnson Creek Watershed Council
PSU students and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council work together to set up a snapshot monitoring event designed to empower individual landowners to learn about the health of Johnson Creek on their property, meeting the goals of the watershed council in the areas of protection, conservation, and restoration of the watershed.
Our Community Partner: US Fish and Wildlife Service
This partnership involves the cooperation of the USFWS, the Chinook Tribe and Portland State University and is aimed at archaeological and environmental research, public education and student training.
Our Community Partner: Portland Parks and Recreation
Oaks Bottom Signage Project - Students studied the Oaks Bottom Refuge and created interpretive signs for the public's benefit on proper use and care of the sensitive wetland area.