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.
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?
They are everywhere at Portland State. In the arts and in the sciences. In the business school and the engineering department. In the administrative offices, student groups, and corner cafes. They are changemakers—people who fearlessly dream up new ways of doing things and develop novel solutions to our most looming social and environmental problems—regardless of how enormous or minute.
October is going to be an exciting month for sustainability in Portland—the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education will host their 2014 conference at the Oregon Convention Center on October 26-29. Are you interested in submitting a proposal to present at AASHE 2014? The Institute for Sustainable Solutions is available to help craft proposals and build teams of co-presenters.
Q&A with Pam Campos-Palma, Air Force veteran, political science student, director of Las Mujeres resource center, and sole student-voting member of PSU's newly established Institutional Governing Board of Trustees.
In the United States, food waste makes up the majority of the waste that ends up in landfills each year. During fall quarter, the Sustainability Leadership Center’s Food Systems Task Force decided to focus our efforts on exploring PSU’s food waste stream. We set out to see how food waste is managed on campus. Here's what we found out:
We’re big on waste sorts around here. And it’s for good reason. There’s nothing like looking at bins full of unrecyclable paper coffee cups from Seattle’s Best, Starbucks and Stumptown to make you rethink the importance of toting around a durable, reusable cup.
What once was limited to a Senior Capstone experience is becoming more pervasive throughout the course catalog, where disciplines as varied as business and graphic design are now working with community partners to tackle actual issues.
The Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC) convened last week for its first gathering of the 2013-14 school year. SSLC is a coalition of student sustainability leaders from organizations across campus. For the past five years, it has served as the student voice for sustainability on campus, bridging administration, faculty, and students to help create a vision for the future of PSU.