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Speaking of inequity, a sustainability essential

Social justice is a difficult subject. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, even to think about. Regardless of who you are, or how compassionate, open, and caring, chances are you have some form of bias ingrained in you—from your upbringing, from pop culture, from media, education, personal experiences. Many people don’t like to acknowledge that these biases exist, which is one reason they can be uncomfortable to confront and discuss. But ignoring the issue is an even bigger problem.

VIDEO | Portland State students caught green-handed

It was a breezy cool day toward the end of winter quarter when volunteers from various Portland State sustainability groups started gathering at the Park Blocks. Their mission was clear: They wanted to see if a passersby would stop to recycle a nondescript, two-liter plastic bottle lying on the ground next to a glaringly obvious recycling container.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Kenzie Eiden

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

SLIDESHOW | Sustainability Celebration 2014

Check out a slideshow with this year's highlights of Sustainability at PSU.

Digging Deeper into Portland State’s Waste

During the spring term, three Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) classes dug a little deeper into sustainability on Portland State’s campus by conducting waste audits of several of the university’s buildings. I

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.

Bike to PSU Challenge begins May 1

It’s that time again—time for the Bike to PSU Challenge. Sign up for the free competition today as a solo rider or start a team and invite others to join. The challenge runs May 1-May 31.

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.