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Free seeds for the PSU community

The Student Sustainability Center has launched a new seed library at Portland State where any PSU student, staff, or faculty member can check out FREE seeds to plant and grow. By “library,” we mean that you can donate back seeds that you’ve harvested and saved.

Transforming PSU's new Backyard

During fall term, students in Adjunct Professor Chris North’s Community Design Seminar (ART 471) were hard at work re-envisioning a vacant lot as a new “backyard” for Portland State University. 

Campus tree inventory, a Living Lab experience

Fall 2015 saw PSU once again offering the capstone “Empowering Portland’s Ecodistricts with GIS and Asset Mapping,” this time with the goal of conducting a comprehensive urban tree inventory of the Portland State University campus and the larger SoMa EcoDistrict, within which our campus resides. Urban tree inventories are increasingly popular and important tools that local governments and institutions can use to quantify and qualify urban forests.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Frances Hanna

Hello, my name is Frances Hanna. I am the lead Sustainability Student Ambassador for Portland State. I’m a second year student majoring in International Studies and minoring in Mandarin Chinese. I am originally from Indiana, Pennsylvania. Although I grew up in a very small town I feel at home here in Portland.

Interested in sustainable business?

The Portland State University chapter of Net Impact, in conjunction with PSU’s Impact Entrepreneurs, will enter its second term in January of offering free consulting services for Oregon companies engaged in the B Corp certification or recertification process. Join them?

Student Sustainability Center: Highlights from fall 2015

The Student Sustainability Center had a busy fall term—tending campus gardens, creating a Spanish version of PSU’s Cultural Sustainability Tour Map, organizing a “food waste buffet,” hosting a student craft market, and more. Read highlights below from participants in each of the SSC's programs: EcoReps, Sustainability Volunteer Program, and Student Sustainability Leadership Council.

Student Sustainability Center: Now accepting volunteer applications for winter term

Hi! I’m Devin Burgoyne, the volunteer coordinator for PSU's Student Sustainability Center (SSC). The most important part of my education at PSU is developing of my sense of belonging on campus. Finding your niche can be challenging but ever-so rewarding once you feel it. The SSC is here to provide meaningful and fun sustainability opportunities. I look forward to learning with you this winter.

Sustainability at PSU crew takes on Minneapolis for AASHE 2015

In October, 19 people representing Portland State—a mix of students, staff, and faculty—traveled to Minneapolis to attend the annual conference and expo of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, known as AASHE. While they were there, they learned a ton and also shared best practices from PSU’s own programs. Read on to hear about some of their highlights from the conference.

Sustainability innovation update: The 2014-15 ISS Annual Report

For a snapshot of some of the innovative work going on in sustainability at PSU, I invite you to take a look at the PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions Annual Report for 2014-15. 

ESG investment strategies, a method for climate justice

Portland State University is on its way to becoming the first university in Oregon to have no investments in the Carbon Underground Top 200 companies, which are companies that own the most global fossil fuel reserves, and hence have the most potential for producing high amounts of carbon emissions. As a result of student advocacy on the Divest Portland State (DPS) campaign, an Environmental Social Governance (ESG) statement was added to the PSU Foundation’s investment policy earlier this year.