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Free seeds for the PSU community

The Student Sustainability Center has launched a new seed library at Portland State where any PSU student, staff, or faculty member can check out FREE seeds to plant and grow. By “library,” we mean that you can donate back seeds that you’ve harvested and saved.

Campus tree inventory, a Living Lab experience

Fall 2015 saw PSU once again offering the capstone “Empowering Portland’s Ecodistricts with GIS and Asset Mapping,” this time with the goal of conducting a comprehensive urban tree inventory of the Portland State University campus and the larger SoMa EcoDistrict, within which our campus resides. Urban tree inventories are increasingly popular and important tools that local governments and institutions can use to quantify and qualify urban forests.

Resource: Toolkit for a Sustainable Classroom

PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) has created a new toolkit that makes it easy for faculty to conserve natural and financial resources while teaching courses.

Campus Sustainability Office documents a busy year

We have been busy over at The Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) — and now we have a report to prove it! Outlining accomplishments from fiscal year 2014-15 (FY15), our first CSO annual report is a snapshot of our work in areas such as education and outreach, policy development and planning, and collaborative capacity building. CSO has also been working to increase data collection and refine data quality throughout the programs we manage, which is reflected in the report.

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.