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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.

VIDEO | Community Environmental Services showcases New Seasons work

In April, Portland’s New Seasons Market grocery chain announced that they had achieved an impressive goal: Diverting 92 percent of their waste from the landfill, qualifying as a zero-waste operation.

The news was presented as an inspiration for other businesses and provided a showcase for the expertise of Portland State University’s Community Environmental Services unit, which conducted the research to back up New Seasons claim.

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. 

Pacific Rim countries tap Portland’s low-carbon expertise

With ten years experience working at the World Bank, Director of PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions Jennifer Allen felt right at home in a room full of international delegates. The delegates—researchers, engineers, and urban planners from member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)—were in Portland this week to learn about Portland’s efforts curbing greenhouse gas emissions.

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. 

Video | IGERT program marks two successful years, welcomes third student cohort

The National Science Foundation-funded Ph.D. program at Portland State focusing on the relationship between natural systems and urbanizing areas is welcoming its third cohort of students into the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, or IGERT