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Content related to sustainability research by faculty, students or staff (or outside partners and peers).

International sustainability conference coming to Portland in January

After touching down in Denmark, Croatia, and Japan in recent years, the 2016 On Sustainability Conference is coming to Portland State, creating many exciting opportunities for the PSU sustainability community to get involved.

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. 

Using community voice and mapping to improve healthy food access

Historically, the voice and involvement of community members are diminished or ignored when researchers study problems uniquely faced by disadvantaged communities. This can lead to a disconnect where programs and solutions are developed without the necessary buy-in from community members, rendering the success of any interventions and strategies vulnerable. 

VIDEO | Architecture students design a healthier modular classroom

Portland State University architecture professors Margarette Leite and Sergio Palleroni saw the need for a healthier, greener modular classroom when their daughter attended class in one at her school. They brought the challenge to their architecture and engineering students at PSU, who came up with design ideas, met with officials, and pushed the project forward to see the SAGE—Smart Academic Green Environment—modular classroom built and launch in the marketplace in fall 2014.

Teaming up on weeds

What if the best approach for fighting the growing problem of herbicide-resistant weeds wasn’t born in the lab, but over a cup of coffee? 

David Ervin, PSU professor emeritus of environmental science and economics and senior fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, was in Washington, D.C., this month talking about community-based approaches to battling herbicide-resistant weeds. 

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.

AASHE is coming to Portland: PSU represents!

The largest annual conference focused on sustainability in higher education is coming to Portland next month. 

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.

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