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VIDEO | Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action

An executive, a student, a diversity strategist, a tribal leader, an activist, and a veteran—they’re all taking on climate change. And they all came together at Portland State University this winter to share a live story about their efforts at an event called Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action. Missed the event? Not to worry—we filmed it just for you.

Cultivate personal sustainability this spring

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hoffman On April 22, we will celebrate Earth Day! When you consider the health of the earth, do you think about how your personal well-being supports sustainability? Each day, we breathe air, drink water, and eat food that literally is the earth. From our bodies, these life elements then continue cycling through the earth’s living systems. Each of us also participates in social, cultural and economic systems. By creating personal balance and health, we are supporting sustainability.

PSU Earth Week 2014

You could consider the Columbia River Gorge as Earth Day’s cradle. In 1970, Denis Hayes, a 25-year-old native of Camas, Wash., planned the first Earth Day celebration. This April, students will host Portland State University’s 7th Annual Earth Day Festival, an entire week chock-full of speaker panels, workshops, film screenings, and hands-on activities exploring and celebrating the environment.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Alejandra Zamudio

Q&A with Alejandra Zamudio, student, artist, social sustainability advocate and volunteer.

Community building—one earthen bench at a time

The Portland-based nonprofit City Repair hosts an annual ten-day placemaking festival called the Village Building Convergence (VBC). This “festival” combines crowd-sourced activism, creative community development, and hands-on education and celebration. This year’s festival will take place between May 23 and June 1.

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Alex Accetta

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.

Inspiring excellence in sustainability at PSU: A call for nominations

Every year, Portland State University recognizes the sustainability champions among us with the Excellence in Sustainability awards presented at the annual Sustainability Celebration in May

Celebrate the season of love with fair trade

Many of us will purchase chocolates, flowers, and valentines to share love, friendship, and kindness on February 14. By supporting fair trade as we make purchasing decisions, we can make a positive impact for global communities and the environment. Who doesn’t love that? So what is fair trade, and what are some of its benefits?