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Green Campus Living | Composting: What’s all the stink about?

Although some students here at PSU may be old pros at this whole composting business, to many of us the term remains shrouded in mystery. What is “composting”? Why should anyone care about it? Is it possible to do it on campus? And, most importantly, will it lend an unpleasant stench to my dorm room? (Spoiler alert: if you empty your compost pail regularly, it won’t stink!)

Using community voice and mapping to improve healthy food access

Historically, the voice and involvement of community members are diminished or ignored when researchers study problems uniquely faced by disadvantaged communities. This can lead to a disconnect where programs and solutions are developed without the necessary buy-in from community members, rendering the success of any interventions and strategies vulnerable. 

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Kenzie Eiden

Q&A with Kenzie Eiden, graduating senior, student garden coordinator, community builder.

Behind the scenes of the Local Hero Awards: A sustainability internship story

When I started interning for Edible Portland in early March, I hit the ground running—literally—all around Portland. As part of my internship, I’ve visited restaurants, farmer’s markets, produce and farm stores, an espresso bar, bakery, home garden and even took a trip into Oregon wine country.

VIDEO: Smart food choices

Many of us think about our food choices in terms of how they impact our personal health, which is significant. But our food choices also greatly impact the environment and the people that grow our food. The good news is this: many farms, fisher people, and food businesses are increasingly using methods to grow and produce food that limit environmental impacts, support the health and well-being of consumers and producers, and pay fair wages to workers.

Food Systems Event Series: Strengthening Community, Building Capacity

It’s difficult to dispute that there’s a connection between healthy food and healthy people. Groups of policy makers and organizational leaders, faith based communities and neighborhood coalitions are all recognizing this relationship, and developing strategies for envisioning and creating healthier, more equitable communities. Join us this April and May for a four-session series of events that explore the connection between food, health, and community.

From pizza crusts to apple cores, students explore PSU’s food waste

In the United States, food waste makes up the majority of the waste that ends up in landfills each year. During fall quarter, the Sustainability Leadership Center’s Food Systems Task Force decided to focus our efforts on exploring PSU’s food waste stream. We set out to see how food waste is managed on campus. Here's what we found out:

How to make herbal skin-healing salves

With changes in the seasons come changes in how we interact with the plant world. Winter is a time for seed harvesting, prepping garden spaces, and, perhaps, making plant medicine. During this holiday season, try working with plants in a new way by crafting medicine with them! An easy way to start is by making salves, which are a type of cream used topically to heal dry skin, sunburns, or other afflictions depending on the herbs used.

Food systems symposium draws researchers from across the region

Nearly a quarter million people in Oregon suffer from hunger. Real hunger. Not the I’m-starving-when’s-dinner kind of hunger, but the kind that means people can’t get as much food as their bodies need or that they might go entire days without eating. At the same time, more than a million Oregonians, about a quarter of the state’s population, are considered obese. These alarming statistics are at the heart of an issue—and the tip of an iceberg—that brought 40 researchers from around the region to Portland State last week.

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