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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.

The end of cheap food begs new food politics

The global food system is under unprecedented strain, buffeted by rising oil prices, erratic weather patterns, soaring demand, and shocking waste, but Hugh Campbell doesn’t want you to head for the hills just yet. 

“We need to enact positive politics,” he urges. 

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

Wells Fargo teams with PSU on cleantech challege

Portland State University and Wells Fargo are teaming up to present a new competition for students and faculty with innovative ideas about how to improve the way we operate in a resource-constrained environment.

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.

Obama’s conservation agenda

With jobs and the economy at the forefront of political dialog, conversations about the environment are often pushed to the back burner. But current efforts, from the grassroots up to the federal government, are underway to show that environment and economy are not at ends with one another. Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), discussed such efforts at last week’s Solutions Seminar.

Greening your holiday gifts

My dad used to wrap Christmas presents in newspaper comics. I was excited as long as they were the good colored comics from the Sunday paper, but it drove my mother crazy. “What? I’m recycling,” he’d say. With the holidays again approaching and consumerism reaching a peak, it’s worth considering ways to reduce the global impact of well-intentioned holiday giving.

An economic perspective on social sustainability

Keeping the conversation rolling on November 7, during the second week of Social Sustainability Month at Portland State, the student Economic Sustainability Task Force asked us to consider the true costs of consumer products and services.

A big, fat check from my nonexistent grandchildren? A look at Intergenerational Finance

Money. In our consumer-driven society, it always comes back to money. So what if instead of relatively short-term profit, we consider the entire cost and return of our actions on a scale that spans generations?