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VIDEO | Fighting Climate Change with Global Action and Poetry: Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner live at PSU

World-renowned climate activist and poet Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner gave a keynote address Oct. 13 at Portland State University on climate issues that connect Oregonians and Pacific Islanders, illustrating how climate change affects us all and demonstrating the power of combining art and activism to inspire action from leaders around the globe. Watch the full talk here.

Trees & Health: Growing the Solution

What effects can trees have on human health? On Sept. 28, Portland State University hosted an event to explore this question. Trees & Health: Growing the Solution was the first installment in a series developed in partnership with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Friends of Trees, Metro, and Forest Park Conservancy to share developments from our homegrown programs and discuss the ways in which nature can improve well-being and address many of the health challenges we face.

The Learning Gardens Lab turns 10

The Learning Gardens Lab, a four-acre educational garden in southeast Portland operated through a partnership between Portland State, Portland Public Schools, the city of Portland, and Oregon State University’s Extension Service is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. That’s a decade of supporting academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.

Sustainable water systems expertise emerges at PSU

Water is one of those needs so basic that its role in a sustainable ecosystem touches almost everything we study at Portland State. Effective water management underpins sustainable urban development, healthy food systems, and natural environments—and as the world’s population grows, water resources are under duress. 

Students uncover tale of landscape transformation on Oregon coast

The Astoria of today is a quirky tourist town perched along Oregon’s northernmost coastline. But it was once a booming center of industry. Mary Ann Rozance, along with a team of fellow students in the interdisciplinary National Science Foundation IGERT Ph.D. program at Portland State, set out to learn why the canning industry in the area went bust. What they found is a story of politically charged landscape alteration.

Infographic: Portland Trees and Health

Last month, Portland State's inderdisciplinary Trees and Health team published research in the academic journal Environmental Pollution illustrating the clear link between a city's trees and the health of its citizens.

Reconnecting nature and human health

When hiking in the gorge or swimming in one of Oregon’s many rivers, the connection between human health and nature seems intuitive. Nature gives us a place to get out, to roam, to sweat, to be calm—all things that tend to have a positive impact on our wellbeing, and, perhaps more importantly, can help keep us out of doctors’ offices and hospitals.  

Latest climate report brings impacts home

The latest in a series of Big Reports on climate change was released this week, the third National Climate Assessment, delivering piles of data, graphics, forecasts, and research on the topic of impact. 

VIDEO | Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action

An executive, a student, a diversity strategist, a tribal leader, an activist, and a veteran—they’re all taking on climate change. And they all came together at Portland State University this winter to share a live story about their efforts at an event called Fortified: True Stories of Climate Action. Missed the event? Not to worry—we filmed it just for you.

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