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Integrating Sustainability: Universities and the Urban Environment

With half the world’s population of seven billion now living in urban or rapidly urbanizing areas, any path to sustainability will have to negotiate the complexities and contradictions that define the modern city. Resilient yet damaging, cities hold the keys to an uncertain future. The disappearance of traditional community anchors has left a void in our cities, which are otherwise well-positioned to address global sustainability dilemmas. This is the opportunity of the 21st century for our urban universities: to employ their missions of education and service in solving these challenges while creating equitable economic opportunities for city denizens.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Renée Bogin Curtis

Renée Bogin Curtis is sustainable systems project manager at PSU’s Community Environmental Services and a Ph.D. candidate in urban studies.

SLIDESHOW | Sustainability Celebration 2014

Check out a slideshow with this year's highlights of Sustainability at PSU.

Digging Deeper into Portland State’s Waste

During the spring term, three Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) classes dug a little deeper into sustainability on Portland State’s campus by conducting waste audits of several of the university’s buildings. I

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. 

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Thad Miller

The future of urban sustainability: Q&A with Thad Miller, assistant professor of Urban Studies and Planning.

Inspiring excellence in sustainability at PSU: A call for nominations

Every year, Portland State University recognizes the sustainability champions among us with the Excellence in Sustainability awards presented at the annual Sustainability Celebration in May

Talking nature’s benefits in Washington, D.C.

I recently accompanied a team of environmental leaders to Washington D.C. for a series of discussions with senior environmental agency staff about ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are, basically, the benefits that nature provides. For example, the ability of forests to refresh water supplies and reduce air pollution, or the ability of clean rivers to provide healthy fish as a local food source.  

Food systems symposium draws researchers from across the region

Nearly a quarter million people in Oregon suffer from hunger. Real hunger. Not the I’m-starving-when’s-dinner kind of hunger, but the kind that means people can’t get as much food as their bodies need or that they might go entire days without eating. At the same time, more than a million Oregonians, about a quarter of the state’s population, are considered obese. These alarming statistics are at the heart of an issue—and the tip of an iceberg—that brought 40 researchers from around the region to Portland State last week.

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