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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.