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Student project diverts waste, builds community in SoMa Ecodistrict

This summer, as a student in Barry Messer’s Building EcoDistricts Senior Capstone course at Portland State University, I had the great pleasure of helping organize the first SoMa ReUse Fair and Community Share, which took place on Friday, August 1 in the PSU Urban Plaza. 

Locally grown, from the forest

Much attention is given to local foods and goods in Oregon, and that extends to the products we get from the forest. Oregon certainly has a long tradition of providing lumber, both within the state and around the world, but Oregon forests provide a host of other marketable goods and services worth exploring. 

The legacy of Nicole Sangsuree Barrett

As a native of Portland and a 2013 graduate of PSU’s Leadership for Sustainability Education master’s program, Nicole Sangsuree Barrett was an unforgettable member of the PSU community. Among the many roles she embraced, she was a singer, songwriter, artist, musician, puppeteer, farmer, and activist for causes that included social justice and the environment. Nicole Sangsuree Barrett left a powerful legacy upon her passing in Thailand on Thursday, July 18, 2014.

Winona LaDuke coming to Portland State in October

On October 22—National Campus Sustainability Day—Winona LaDuke will speak at Portland State. While LaDuke has certified rock star status in some communities, others might ask: “Who is Winona LaDuke?” 

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.

Transformational learning through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

What inspires you to engage in partnerships through community-based learning and applied research? In 140-character Tweets, faculty at the Institute for Sustainable Solutions’ Professional Development Workshop on June 20 kicked off a fantastic event by getting a little bit social (media) with their introductions.

Speaking of inequity, a sustainability essential

Social justice is a difficult subject. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, even to think about. Regardless of who you are, or how compassionate, open, and caring, chances are you have some form of bias ingrained in you—from your upbringing, from pop culture, from media, education, personal experiences. Many people don’t like to acknowledge that these biases exist, which is one reason they can be uncomfortable to confront and discuss. But ignoring the issue is an even bigger problem.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Kenzie Eiden

Q&A with Kenzie Eiden, graduating senior, student garden coordinator, community builder.

Beyond graduation: Celebrating lifelong changemakers

Architecture major Paul Thanakorn Vorapanich will be graduating this spring, taking his powerful newfound goals and expertise into the world as one of PSU’s many changemakers—people who fearlessly seek out solutions to problems others say cannot be solved. Watch Paul’s story, and then join us on June 20 for a celebration and exploration of lifelong changemakers at the Elevating Impact Summit in downtown Portland.

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