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Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Fall 2014

This fall, students in nine classes at Portland State are working with community partners through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative on projects to make targeted areas of Portland—Living Cully, Foster Green, and the Lloyd EcoDistrict—more equitable, sustainable places to live, work, and play.

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NW students unite to divest from fossil fuels

In 2007, students from Middlebury College decided to start organizing against climate change. Bill McKibben, a Harvard graduate, environmental activist, journalist, and best-selling author, joined hands with the students and 350.org was established. To raise awareness and inspire action on the issue, Bill McKibben launched his “Do the Math Tour” to call for universities, governments, and other institutions to divest from fossil fuels and begin moving us back toward safe CO2 levels. Students at PSU are working on a Divest Portland State campaign. Join us.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Dominic Galen

Dominic Galen is an environmental engineering major who lives off mountains, Radio Lab, cold brew coffee, upcycling, thrift store treasures, art, rap, funk, punk, homemade cameras, low-tech solutions, cycling, skateboarding and being terrible at it, Oliver Sacks and Alan Watts, backpacking, social justice, conversations on equity, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, fashion blogs, monilophytes, and compost piles.

Carnivorous plants find home on PSU campus

This summer, students from the Garden Taskforce installed two species of carnivorous plants on campus. These amazing plants can be found in a planter box at the northwest corner of the library, just past the food cart pods.

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.

Mapping sustainability hot spots in Vietnam

Jessica Beutler, a PSU senior environmental studies major, spent 10 weeks in Vietnam over the summer as an intern with the Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development as part of a project to spur sustainable development in Ha Long Bay.

Cultivating student success through PSU’s learning gardens

When picturing the university learning environment, a classroom with desks and four walls may be the first image that comes to mind. At PSU, we believe that education occurs throughout the campus life experience. We intentionally create opportunities for students to participate in enriching activities that complement their classroom studies. PSU’s campus gardens are one such place where students can “learn by doing.”

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