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Changemakers: Inspiring action for a better world

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.

AASHE 2014 conference to be held in Portland

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.

Winter term sustainability courses, ah-ha moments, and avoiding the #epicfail

“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.

Cultural sustainability studies on the streets of New York

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.

Finding a path toward diversity in sustainability

“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.

Cracking the energy nut at BPA: A student team's journey

In May 2013, the Bonneville Power Administration requested a team of graduate students at Portland State University’s Master’s of International Management program to assess BPA’s energy practices. 

The end of cheap food begs new food politics

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. 

“We need to enact positive politics,” he urges. 

PSU welcomes sustainability Ph.D. students from across the nation

“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.

What we study when we study sustainability: Fall term

As we often say, sustainability at Portland State doesn’t live in just one department or thrive in just one school, it is embedded across the University in our curriculum, our operations, and our student activities. So where do you go if you want to take a class in sustainability?

School of Architecture’s Mat Lab shares lowdown on discarded escalator handrails

Hard to imagine when you’re catching a ride up, but some 10 tons of used escalator handrails end up in Portland-area landfills each year.