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by Olivia Clarke December 15, 2014
Winter has arrived! Like it or not, it’s time to put on some hardcore wool socks and snuggle up with a hot beverage (and likely a textbook). This is the time of year when people love to crank up their thermostats to ward off the cold-weather blues, but it’s important to remember that there are other ways to keep warm that use up far less energy. This post is dedicated to clothing—the No. 1 way to stay cozy, comfortable, and eco-friendly all season long!
by Laura Gleim December 2, 2014
Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014.
by Tyler Prehn December 1, 2014
Tyler Prehn is the energy education coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office and a senior geography major born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Find out what he thinks Oregon will be like in 50 years. (Hint: It involves tobogganists.)
by Christina Williams December 1, 2014
The fact that Portland State University’s Museum of the City is virtual and completely online is fitting for an organization that aims to host exhibits about cities all over the world from cities all over the world—exhibits about cities’ past, present, and future. The walls of a typical museum would have trouble containing such wide-raging content, but the Web is an ideal home.
by Olivia Clarke November 25, 2014

Though it’s one of the most fundamental parts of sustainable living, recycling can sometimes seem very complicated; when faced with the task of throwing things out, most of us find it hard to keep track of what goes where.

by Jennifer Allen November 20, 2014
I’d like to share with you the 2013-14 annual report we produced for Sustainability at PSU. It’s an action-packed overview of the work of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) and all of our valued partners in sustainability across the campus.

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