Recreation and sustainability: Q&A with Alex Accetta, director of Campus Rec, dad, husband, ally, cyclocrosser (is that a word?), spin Instructor, past DJ, Michael Franti and John Butler Trio fan, believer in the possibilities of humanity.
They are everywhere at Portland State. In the arts and in the sciences. In the business school and the engineering department. In the administrative offices, student groups, and corner cafes. They are changemakers—people who fearlessly dream up new ways of doing things and develop novel solutions to our most looming social and environmental problems—regardless of how enormous or minute.
October is going to be an exciting month for sustainability in Portland—the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education will host their 2014 conference at the Oregon Convention Center on October 26-29. Are you interested in submitting a proposal to present at AASHE 2014? The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is available to help craft proposals and build teams of co-presenters.
“What are your sustainability courses?” Seems like a simple question. It's certainly one that I get asked a lot. And yet few students know that this little question strikes terror in the hearts of many administrators.
Last summer, eight counselor education graduate students took their Portland State University education to the streets of New York, participating in a cultural immersion experience through the Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society Institute.
“Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sustainability movement—that’s the only way I see forward,” said Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, at Portland State University last week. Speaking candidly about his own experience working in the environmental field as a man of Filipino descent, Bonta addressed issues around the lack of diversity in the U.S. environmental movement.
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.
“What you’re getting is very rare, and all of you are very lucky.”
Richard Boone, a program director for the National Science Foundation, said these words to a group of Ph.D. students from universities across the country. The 33 students, all recipients of prestigious IGERT awards from the National Science Foundation, gathered at Portland State University to exchange ideas and collaborate on sustainability research during a four-day conference from September 26-29.