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Sustainability Leadership Center

Preparing Student Leaders.

The Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC) offers transformational hands-on learning experience on campus and in the community. Our mission is to connect sustainability and student life at PSU, and our programs are open to any student enrolled at PSU. The campus is our classroom.

The SLC is managed by six student staff, many interns and volunteers, and one full-time coordinator.  We intentionally seek to learn by doing, and share our leadership processes and models with all program participants. Participant feedback helps shape the future of the program, and students make decisions about the projects on which they work. Check out our staff page and Flickr page to see us in action!

Questions? Email us at or give us a call at 503-725-5598.

Our Programs

Sustainability Volunteer Program 

In the Sustainability Volunteer Program (SVP), you're sure to find motivated students working on projects that make a tangible difference on campus and in the community. The SVP is designed to be a friendly, supportive launch pad for students who want to build their leadership skills, make new friends, and work on exciting initiatives. Our task forces focus on gardening, cultural sustainability, publications and social media, and waste reduction. Members volunteer 2-4 hours per week for a term.

EcoReps Program                   

EcoReps are sustainability leaders within our residence halls. They educate their peers about sustainability issues and promote socially just and environmentally responsible behaviors. EcoReps distribute resources, design innovative projects, and create, coordinate, and host activities in their residence halls. They promote the philosophy that we can, and do, make a difference! 

Student Sustainability Leadership Council 

The Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC) is a coalition of student sustainability leaders from organizations across campus. For the past five years, the SSLC has served as the student voice for sustainability on campus, bridging administration, faculty, and students to help create a vision for the future of PSU. This small collective works to promote sustainability as a balance of social, environmental, and economic justice.


Articles written by SLC Staff: 

Designing and assessing learning outcomes: A framework for co-curricular sustainability programs

Cultivate personal sustainability this spring

De-colonizing Sustainability: Unsettling the Dominant Paradigm 

Sustainability Literacy and Leadership: Key Competencies for College Graduates

Integrating Sustainability into the Student Experience

Students Designing Sustainability Literacy and Systemic Change Agent Curricula: An Interconnected Web Approach at Portland State University