Over the years, the students of Take Back the Tap have worked hard to create meaningful change on the PSU campus and we have gained significant support from the campus community. However, as a Portland State alum, a citizen of Portland, and a member of the global community, I was embarrassed to attend “An Evening with Tim Wise” on April 10 and see Dasani bottled water placed on the podium.
Did you know that most coffee cups cannot be recycled? It’s a common misconception that coffee cups are recyclable, but really there is a plastic film inside many cups that causes them to end up in a landfill. Usually, the cardboard sleeve is the only part that belongs in the recycling bin.
As students, we use a lot of technology, and we love it. But now, when our beloved electronics die or break, we don’t have to throw them away. At the end of winter quarter, electronic waste collection bins were put out in three locations on campus for students to safely recycle their e-waste.
The Portland State EcoReps recently made our own laundry detergent and household disinfectant spray. Homemade cleaning supplies are super simple to make, contain fewer harmful chemicals than most prefabricated products, and are less expensive—only $5.50 for approximately 100 loads!
Discussion, chitchat, small talk, dialogue, conversation. Offering tea, coffee, snacks, and energy-conscious raffle prizes, EcoReps recently spoke with students about ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Coffee. Basketball. Beer. Portland has a lot of great things to offer, but these are three of our best. Mix in a ride on the Streetcar, and you have yourself a true Portland experience. As part of the Oregon Higher Education Conference last week, I led a group of students and staff from three different Oregon universities on a tour featuring three of Portland’s greenest local businesses. And, of course, we did it all by public transit.
Last week, students came together at the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC) Student Summit. A panel of students presented the following vision during the closing session of OHESC, leaving conference attendees with a bold vision for the future of our Oregon colleges and universities.