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Cultivating student success through PSU’s learning gardens

When picturing the university learning environment, a classroom with desks and four walls may be the first image that comes to mind. At PSU, we believe that education occurs throughout the campus life experience. We intentionally create opportunities for students to participate in enriching activities that complement their classroom studies. PSU’s campus gardens are one such place where students can “learn by doing.”

AASHE is coming to Portland: PSU represents!

The largest annual conference focused on sustainability in higher education is coming to Portland next month. 

Student project diverts waste, builds community in SoMa Ecodistrict

This summer, as a student in Barry Messer’s Building EcoDistricts Senior Capstone course at Portland State University, I had the great pleasure of helping organize the first SoMa ReUse Fair and Community Share, which took place on Friday, August 1 in the PSU Urban Plaza. 

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.

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