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Winona LaDuke, live from Portland State

On October 22, 2014 at 7 p.m., Winona LaDuke will speak live from Portland State University's Stott Center. Her talk, titled "Grassroots Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change," can be viewed here.

Latest climate report brings impacts home

The latest in a series of Big Reports on climate change was released this week, the third National Climate Assessment, delivering piles of data, graphics, forecasts, and research on the topic of impact. 

VIDEO | Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action

An executive, a student, a diversity strategist, a tribal leader, an activist, and a veteran—they’re all taking on climate change. And they all came together at Portland State University this winter to share a live story about their efforts at an event called Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action. Missed the event? Not to worry—we filmed it just for you.

Cracking the energy nut at BPA: A student team's journey

In May 2013, the Bonneville Power Administration requested a team of graduate students at Portland State University’s Master’s of International Management program to assess BPA’s energy practices. 

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening. 

Pacific Rim countries tap Portland’s low-carbon expertise

With ten years experience working at the World Bank, Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions Jennifer Allen felt right at home in a room full of international delegates. The delegates—researchers, engineers, and urban planners from member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)—were in Portland this week to learn about Portland’s efforts curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

Vietnam and PSU: Tapping popular culture to talk climate change

In Vietnam, popular culture—including songs, stories, and poster art—has long been used to unite and mobilize the general public during their centuries-long struggles for national independence. The same tradition should be tapped to help the country face the challenges posed by climate change, says Khanh Pham, a Vietnamese-American Ph.D. student in Portland State University’s urban studies program

Serious gaming: adapting to urban climate challenges

Portland State students and city officials from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability gathered last week at PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions to play a board game called "Broken Cities," which simulates the economic and environmental consequences of different types of urban development. The game plays like a combination of Monopoly and Sim City, but with an added twist of climate science.

Between the punch lines, a plea for a price on carbon

Yoram Bauman bills himself as the world’s only standup economist but his presentation at Portland State University’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions this week also included a serious side: An argument for a carbon tax and a pitch for how one could pencil out for Oregon.

“Do the Math” on climate change

Last Thursday, self-proclaimed “professional bummer-outer” Bill McKibben was at Portland State via a livestream broadcast for the second stop in his 21-city “Do the Math” tour. McKibben is leading a nationwide tour to inspire universities and organizations to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

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