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The visual power of waste

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.

Seven student groups, two community partners, one grand experiment

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.

Student leadership council collaborates on vision for PSU's future

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Tony Hair

Waste not: Q&A with Tony Hair, waste management coordinator for the PSU Campus Sustainability Office.

The secrets to successful winter bike commuting

This blog post originally appeared on the Oregon Environmental Council's "It's Your Oregon" blog. Fletcher Beaudoin, assistant director of Portland State's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, serves on the council's Emerging Leaders Board. 

Finding a path toward diversity in sustainability

“Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sustainability movement—that’s the only way I see forward,” said Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, at Portland State University last week. Speaking candidly about his own experience working in the environmental field as a man of Filipino descent, Bonta addressed issues around the lack of diversity in the U.S. environmental movement.

Decolonizing sustainability: Unsettling the dominant paradigm

Today marks the start of the fourth annual series of events hosted at PSU as part of Social Sustainability Month (SSM). The Women’s Resource Center, Sustainability Leadership Center, and faculty from Indigenous Nations Studies and Sociology have supported this initiative from its roots as a student idea in 2010.

Get involved...be the change!

Interconnectedness is at the heart of sustainability. To me, sustainability is the realization that environmental injustice is the same as social injustice; the understanding that through synergies, the whole is often greater than the sum of its parts. More than ever, the Sustainability Leadership Center (SLC) is incorporating this important lesson into its mission to integrate sustainability into the student experience at PSU.

Welcoming new students to PSU, sustainability style

From September 23-29, Portland State University departments and student groups will host a week of events to welcome new students to campus. More than 150 events are planned during Viking Days, and the Sustainability Leadership Center has joined the fun and designed a variety of events that will offer new students opportunities to get involved, learn about sustainability, and make new connections at the start of the year.

Free screening of the film TRASHED to accompany PSU waste sort

Four and a half pounds—that’s the amount of trash the average American produces per day. On October 2, PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and Community Environmental Services will welcome students back to campus with a little trash talk. The group will host a waste sort outside of Smith Memorial Student Union, followed by a screening of the award-winning film TRASHED.

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