Portland State students have once again risen to the challenge to begin changing our world. Twelve student teams have been selected for funding though the Solutions Generator program at PSU, which provides support for students to carry out projects that make the campus and community more sustainable.
Each student team was awarded up to $1,500 for project expenses. Students also have the option of earning an additional stipend for participating in a sustainably leadership workshop series throughout the winter and spring terms.
The selected 2013 projects include:
- An educational display in the PSU dining area, workshops, and farm field trips to raise awareness about farmworkers and sustainable food sourcing.
- An applied research project to improve air quality in Portland Public School classrooms with indoor plants.
- A series of focus groups to examine how to better integrate sustainability into the undergraduate student experience at PSU.
- A documentary film and dialog series about sustainable urban redevelopment.
- An awareness campaign for PSU’s recycling and waste minimization services.
- A research project to study how well a bioswale controls agricultural runoff at a local farm.
- A project to connect students with volunteer and career opportunities in international public service.
- Educational events for students to engage with northeast Portland’s Cully Tribal Gathering Garden.
- A research project to monitor stormwater runoff from a newly installed eco-roof on campus.
- Interactive workshops for Portland high school students that focus on global poverty issues and encourage civic engagement.
- A collaborative community-based research project to address health issues and food scarcity in disadvantaged Portland metro neighborhoods.
- Installing Diversity Action Stations around campus to increase awareness of diversity issues and collect feedback to inform PSU policy.
The Solutions Generator program is offered through the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University and is now in its fourth year.