Sustainable business and social entrepreneurship cases are written by students, faculty, and staff and are available for classroom use. Many of them focus on local organizations, and nearly all of them are free for educators to use.
In October, 19 people representing Portland State—a mix of students, staff, and faculty—traveled to Minneapolis to attend the annual conference and expo of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, known as AASHE. While they were there, they learned a ton and also shared best practices from PSU’s own programs. Read on to hear about some of their highlights from the conference.
Located at SW 10th and Montgomery, PSU’s Oak Savanna is dedicated to the relationship between the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest and the native vegetation of oak savannas. The space serves PSU’s community as an interdisciplinary outdoor classroom that focuses on the bio-cultural history and urban ecosystems of the Willamette Valley.
With the help of PSU Impact Entrepreneurs’ Social Innovation Incubator, two high school teachers set out to confront gender inequities in the modern workplace by empowering young women with the skills and knowledge to translate their success in the classroom to leadership positions in the real world.
Although their organizations differ in the way they operate to support their communities, both Victor and Jalene are clearly passionate about their work and recognize the significance in building strong relationships.
This post, written by PSU students Geoffrey Janke and Dana Kinney, is part of a series profiling a range of leaders in sustainable community development. The series is produced by students taking a senior seminar on civic leadership with Kevin Kecskes, associate professor of public administration.
What does sustainable community leadership look like in practice? Who are the local Portlanders leading social change, and what does a day in their shoes look like? To answer these questions, we set out to interview two such community leaders.