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VIDEO: Van Jones | Environmental Justice for All

On October 28, CNN commentator Van Jones gave a keynote talk Portland State University’s Stott Center on issues of social justice, the green economy, and the environment as part of PSU’s Social Sustainability Month and Portland State of Mind. Watch the full talk here.

ESG investment strategies, a method for climate justice

Portland State University is on its way to becoming the first university in Oregon to have no investments in the Carbon Underground Top 200 companies, which are companies that own the most global fossil fuel reserves, and hence have the most potential for producing high amounts of carbon emissions. As a result of student advocacy on the Divest Portland State (DPS) campaign, an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) statement was added to the PSU Foundation’s investment policy earlier this year.

Divest Portland State—what’s all the hype about?

Maybe you’ve seen the little orange squares pinned on jackets and backpacks around campus or have heard murmurs about “divestment” at Portland State. But what does that word—divestment—actually mean? Divestment is the opposite of investment. In the case of the student-led initiative Divest Portland State, it would mean moving PSU’s financial investments away from oil and coal companies as part of a larger international effort spearheaded by environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben through his climate action organization

NW students unite to divest from fossil fuels

In 2007, students from Middlebury College decided to start organizing against climate change. Bill McKibben, a Harvard graduate, environmental activist, journalist, and best-selling author, joined hands with the students and was established. To raise awareness and inspire action on the issue, Bill McKibben launched his “Do the Math Tour” to call for universities, governments, and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels and begin moving us back toward safe CO2 levels. Students at PSU are working on a Divest Portland State campaign. Join us.

Winona LaDuke, live from Portland State

On October 22, activist, environmentalist, and two-time vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke delivered the keynote address for Campus Sustainability Day to approximately 1,000 people at Portland State University's Stott Center. Her talk, titled "Grassroots Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change," can be viewed below.

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.