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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.

VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014.

Students uncover tale of landscape transformation on Oregon coast

The Astoria of today is a quirky tourist town perched along Oregon’s northernmost coastline. But it was once a booming center of industry. Mary Ann Rozance, along with a team of fellow students in the interdisciplinary National Science Foundation IGERT Ph.D. program at Portland State, set out to learn why the canning industry in the area went bust. What they found is a story of politically charged landscape alteration.

Cultivating student success through PSU’s learning gardens

When picturing the university learning environment, a classroom with desks and four walls may be the first image that comes to mind. At PSU, we believe that education occurs throughout the campus life experience. We intentionally create opportunities for students to participate in enriching activities that complement their classroom studies. PSU’s campus gardens are one such place where students can “learn by doing.”

AASHE is coming to Portland: PSU represents!

The largest annual conference focused on sustainability in higher education is coming to Portland next month. 

Student project diverts waste, builds community in SoMa Ecodistrict

This summer, as a student in Barry Messer’s Building EcoDistricts Senior Capstone course at Portland State University, I had the great pleasure of helping organize the first SoMa ReUse Fair and Community Share, which took place on Friday, August 1 in the PSU Urban Plaza. 

Integrating Sustainability: Universities and the Urban Environment

With half the world’s population of seven billion now living in urban or rapidly urbanizing areas, any path to sustainability will have to negotiate the complexities and contradictions that define the modern city. Resilient yet damaging, cities hold the keys to an uncertain future. The disappearance of traditional community anchors has left a void in our cities, which are otherwise well-positioned to address global sustainability dilemmas. This is the opportunity of the 21st century for our urban universities: to employ their missions of education and service in solving these challenges while creating equitable economic opportunities for city denizens.

Transformational learning through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

What inspires you to engage in partnerships through community-based learning and applied research? In 140-character Tweets, faculty at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions’ Professional Development Workshop on June 20 kicked off a fantastic event by getting a little bit social (media) with their introductions.