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Sustainability at PSU crew takes on Minneapolis for AASHE 2015

In October, 19 people representing Portland State—a mix of students, staff, and faculty—traveled to Minneapolis to attend the annual conference and expo of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, known as AASHE. While they were there, they learned a ton and also shared best practices from PSU’s own programs Read on to hear about some of their highlights from the conference.

Introducing a new outdoor classroom at PSU: The Oak Savanna

Located at SW 10th and Montgomery, PSU’s Oak Savanna is dedicated to the relationship between the First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest and the native vegetation of oak savannas. The space serves PSU’s community as an interdisciplinary outdoor classroom that focuses on the bio-cultural history and urban ecosystems of the Willamette Valley. 

VIDEO: PSU Composts!

Composting at Portland State University is easy. Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite between classes or you live or work on campus, find out how to compost your food scraps and other compostable materials at PSU in this short video.

VIDEO | Be the Change: Sustainability at PSU

At Portland State University, we believe our students can help society address its most complex challenges and create a better, more sustainable world. In fact, they already are.

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