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Green Campus Living | Keep warm while staying green

Winter has arrived! Like it or not, it’s time to put on some hardcore wool socks and snuggle up with a hot beverage (and likely a textbook). This is the time of year when people love to crank up their thermostats to ward off the cold-weather blues, but it’s important to remember that there are other ways to keep warm that use up far less energy. This post is dedicated to clothing—the No. 1 way to stay cozy, comfortable, and eco-friendly all season long!

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Tyler Prehn

Tyler Prehn is the energy education coordinator in the Campus Sustainability Office and a senior geography major born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Find out what he thinks Oregon will be like in 50 years. (Hint: It involves tobogganists.)

Museum of the City gears up to expand its reach

The fact that Portland State University’s Museum of the City is virtual and completely online is fitting for an organization that aims to host exhibits about cities all over the world from cities all over the world—exhibits about cities’ past, present, and future. The walls of a typical museum would have trouble containing such wide-raging content, but the Web is an ideal home.

Green Campus Living | Recycling: Demystified

Though it’s one of the most fundamental parts of sustainable living, recycling can sometimes seem very complicated; when faced with the task of throwing things out, most of us find it hard to keep track of what goes where. Read on as the PSU EcoReps shed some light on this major component of Portland life, with helpful tips to make saving the planet a little easier.

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.

Yell your story—no apologies

Las Cafeteras returned to Portland State on November 12, 2014 as part of Social Sustainability Month. From Leah Rose Gallegos on the quijada, a dried and cleaned donkey jawbone used for percussion, to Denise Carlos' striking magenta hair, and the mix of traditional instruments from the jarana, an eight stringed, guitar shaped instrument to the marimbol, a hollow wooden box with metal strips across a hole cut into the center, this band of activists connects with their audiences by sharing stories of their life in Los Angeles and inviting us to talk about our own experiences.

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 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.