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Sustainable Business Oregon: Climate leadership is Second Nature to PSU
Author: Andy Giegerich, Sustainable Business Oregon
Posted: June 7, 2013

Portland State University has received honors for its climate awareness efforts.

The school captured a 2013 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, which works with higher education institutions. The awards honored 10 schools that subscribe to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. PSU was one of three doctorate-granting institutions receiving Second Nature honors.

The school has landed a bevy of similar green-oriented honors this academic year. President Wim Wiewel won a U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools President award, the school made the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges for the fourth straight year and the League of American Bicyclists rated PSU as a "gold" campus for riders.

PSU was also named a “Changemaker Campus” by the social entrepreneurship group Ashoka.

“I think we will look back on this academic year as the time when Portland State University raised the bar on sustainability,” Wiewel said in a release. “Innovation spans the campus from operations to the classroom, and our research and work in the community is supporting the region’s efforts to address the causes and mitigate the effects of climate change."