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

Highlights from a year of sustainability awesomeness (SLIDESHOW + VIDEO)

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the 9th Annual PSU Sustainability Celebration last week. It was an amazing party and featured the achievements from what has been an exciting year in sustainablity on campus and in our Portland community. 

VIDEO: Putting technology to work to monitor environmental restoration

Drones have a growing and sometimes dubious reputation, but a new research project is putting drones to work to add more muscle behind environmental restoration policy.

Community forestry in Nepal—Highlights from the field

Last March, an ISS-supported international team from Portland State went to Nepal to study community forest management. Community forestry has been very successful in curbing deforestation and protecting forest ecosystem services, and we wanted to learn more about its history, its future trajectory, and the governance structures that will guide its future. 

Mapping a more livable neighborhood

What improvements would you like to see in your neighborhood? More local businesses, transportation options, or safer streets? If you live in Portland’s Lents neighborhood, you can now see how your thoughts line up with those of your neighbors in a new series of maps produced by PSU students in partnership with community organization Livable Lents.

VIDEO | Be the Change: Sustainability at PSU

At Portland State University, we believe our students can help society address its most complex challenges and create a better, more sustainable world. In fact, they already are.

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.