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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.

Pop-Up Swap promotes reuse in Market Center Building

The Portland State University ReUse Room hosted the first-ever Pop-Up Swap in the Market Center Building last week. The event sought to bring the culture of reuse to the large office building by asking participants to collect unused office supplies, bring them to the lobby during lunch hours, and exchange them for needed supplies for free.

Urban Sustainability Accelerator hosts first class of cities

Their visit to Portland coincided with a spectacular spate of summer weather, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the achievement of an electric counter tallying one million bike commuters crossing the Hawthorne Bridge. In other words, Portland put a good foot forward when representatives from seven U.S. cities arrived in town for the PSU Urban Sustainability Accelerator’s inaugural convening. 

Summer camp takes aim at graduation rates

Economics professor Rossitza Wooster technically shouldn’t be at Portland State University today. But despite being on sabbatical, she has been on campus every day this week. Wooster and her colleague Josh Winiki are the volunteer directors of PSU’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL), which brings underprivileged teens to campus for a week to encourage them to complete high school and eventually succeed in college.

Indigenous gardens regenerate communities

On July 15, Portland State students planted camas bulbs at the PSU Oak Savannah. The restoration on this site of this traditional food, camas, and the collaboration with Metro and the Tribal/Native American community to dig these bulbs for replanting in other gardens is historically and culturally significant, coming full circle, regenerating a revered “First Food” and source of carbohydrate for Indigenous People.

Research hones in on the ultimate green roof

Last month, three researchers at Portland State marked the end of the first four years of research on the interaction between solar panels and planted green roof installations.

Workshop helps universities hone Living Learning Lab plans

The organizers of the campus Living Learning Lab workshop at Portland State weren’t planning to use the World Naked Bike Ride as part of their curriculum. 

K-12 partnerships pave pathways to college

Over the past several years, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) has been connecting PSU’s students, faculty, and expertise with K-12 schools and helping educate young students about sustainability issues. This is an effort to build more equitable and inclusive pathways to college, and to prepare more students with the background they need to begin tackling these issues.

Green Campus Living: Spring-cleaning

Whether the spring-cleaning bug has bit you, or you’re just rushing to clean up before move out, think about going green when you clean! Here's how.

Nourish Wellness Fair: Strengthening personal sustainability

As part of Campus Rec’s health promotion efforts, the department cohosted with SHAC the third annual Nourish Wellness Fair in the Academic and Student Recreation Center in May. Campus Rec has a strong commitment to sustainability, and this event showed their creativity and innovation.

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