Food and beverage concessionaires at Portland International Airport converted 85 tons of food scraps, coffee grounds, and paper products to compost last year—with a little help from Portland State University students and faculty. The project is just one led by Community Environmental Services, a consulting arm of PSU's Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning that advises organizations like the Port of Portland on business sustainability and waste management issues.
Community Environmental Services began in 1989 as a venture to introduce recycling services to the residents of the Columbia Villa apartment community's 500 plus units—the type of multifamily residences that, at the time, were considered too complex for recycling programs to manage. The pilot project instead proved so successful that all apartment complexes, mobile home parks, and condominiums in Portland were given the opportunity to have on-site recycling provided by the city, through PSU. The program established Portland as a national model for recycling. For more information on Community Environmental Services, visit www.ces.pdx.edu.