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Request for Proposals: MAX Orange Line Visual and Performance Art

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is being issued by the Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) in partnership with the School of Art + Design. The purpose of the RFP is to solicit works of art, broadly defined, for the vacant lot located at SW 4th Avenue and Lincoln Street, which is directly adjacent to the School of Art + Design.

VIDEO | What happens to our trash?

At Portland State University, students, employees, and visitors produce seven truckloads of waste every week. Find out where that waste goes—to the landfill, the recycling plant, or a compost facility—and learn why it’s important to choose the correct bin every time you throw something away. Learn more and see a checklist of recycling do's and don'ts on the PSU Recycles website.

Kick it into gear—the Bike to PSU Challenge is near

Take part in the Bike to PSU Challenge this May and get rewarded for riding your bike to campus. This year, five new bikes are up for grabs along with other fabulous prizes from sponsors, including Breezer Bikes, Giro, Ortlieb, KIND Snacks, and more.

VIDEO| Join the festivities: Earth Week 2015

Portland State’s annual week of Earth–focused events promises to be a riotous good time this April, featuring community festivals, a film screening, guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, a clothing swap, craft market, and more. And best of all? All events are free and open to the public. Check out the great lineup of events and watch our short video to get a glimpse of the fun.

Save the date and submit a nomination: the 8th Annual Sustainability Celebration is coming

If you came to last year’s annual Sustainability Celebration, you know it was a raucous good time. If you missed it, you’ll be pleased to know that this year will be even better. 

Divest Portland State—what’s all the hype about?

Maybe you’ve seen the little orange squares pinned on jackets and backpacks around campus or have heard murmurs about “divestment” at Portland State. But what does that word—divestment—actually mean? Divestment is the opposite of investment. In the case of the student-led initiative Divest Portland State, it would mean moving PSU’s financial investments away from oil and coal companies as part of a larger international effort spearheaded by environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben through his climate action organization 350.org.

VIDEO| Cheap, easy, eco-friendly: This is reuse

Portland State's Reuse Room, Mug Runners, and Pop-Up Swaps are three of the ways we make reuse on campus easy. Check out the video above to learn about three of PSU’s reuse programs. Give, take, share!

Green Campus Living | Recycling: Demystified

Though it’s one of the most fundamental parts of sustainable living, recycling can sometimes seem very complicated; when faced with the task of throwing things out, most of us find it hard to keep track of what goes where. Read on as the PSU EcoReps shed some light on this major component of Portland life, with helpful tips to make saving the planet a little easier.

NW students unite to divest from fossil fuels

In 2007, students from Middlebury College decided to start organizing against climate change. Bill McKibben, a Harvard graduate, environmental activist, journalist, and best-selling author, joined hands with the students and 350.org was established. To raise awareness and inspire action on the issue, Bill McKibben launched his “Do the Math Tour” to call for universities, governments, and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels and begin moving us back toward safe CO2 levels. Students at PSU are working on a Divest Portland State campaign. Join us.

Thanks, AASHE

There’s nothing like hosting out-of-town visitors to motivate you to mop the kitchen floor. While Portland State didn’t exactly get out a dust rag, we did do our best to showcase our achievements and be a good host when some 2,000 sustainability professionals descended on Portland this week for a national conference.

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