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Content related to sustainability education at PSU, especially coursework and experiential learning.

Resource: Sustainable business case studies

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.

Sustainability at PSU crew takes on Minneapolis for AASHE 2015

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.

Introducing a new outdoor classroom at PSU: The Oak Savanna

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. 

VIDEO: The Gender Gap Year

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.

Sustainability Leadership Links: Victor Merced and Jalene Littlejohn

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.

VIDEO | Be the Change: Sustainability at PSU

At Portland State University, we believe our students can help society address its most complex challenges and create a better, more sustainable world. In fact, they already are.

Sustainability Leadership Links: Jackie Dingfelder and Heather Spalding

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. 

Sustainability Leadership Links: Ashe Urban and Ben Duncan

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.

Sustainability Leadership Links: Nick Sauvie and Nöelle Studer-Spevak

As Portland State University students pursuing our Civic Leadership Minor our professor, Kevin Kecskes, found it important that we go out and meet leaders in the community that contribute to community sustainability. We were sent out to see what they do and what makes them so good at it. The task felt slightly intimidating at first. We were going out to interview Nick Sauvie of Rose Community Development and Nöelle Studer-Spevak of Central Northeast PDX Childhood Literacy Initiative.

A spotlight on food justice: What does farm-to-table really mean?

Many of those who work to put food on our plates cannot afford to feed themselves. Food labor— including cultivating, harvesting, sorting, packaging, processing, transporting, marketing, retailing, preparing, and serving food—constitutes over half of all human labor. Yet, this work remains largely invisible to consumers.