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

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.

PSU inspires students to help improve the community

As an international student from Mumbai, India, I have learned about a lot of surprising things since I started attending school at Portland State. The education system in India is more theoretical, where students spend most of their time reading books. But at PSU, we are encouraged to gain hands-on learning experiences by being involved in community-based learning projects and working with community organizations. And I prefer this kind of hands-on learning approach.

The AASHE Collaborative Vision Tree—A study in creative assessment and feedback processes

To build a resilient sustainability movement in higher education, we need to bring together diverse perspectives and work to design collaborative solutions. In recent years, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has invested in gathering feedback from its membership about optimal direction for the organization through the Listening Project effort.

New book examines shortcomings—and stars—of sustainability science

This month, academic publisher Routledge released a new book by Portland State University’s Thaddeus Miller, assistant professor at the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and an Institute for Sustainable Solutions Fellow. “Reconstructing Sustainability Science” takes on the fundamental challenges faced by a traditional scientific approach when dealing with the complex and thorny problems of sustainability.

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