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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.

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.