Recreation and sustainability: Q&A with Alex Accetta, director of Campus Rec, dad, husband, ally, cyclocrosser (is that a word?), spin Instructor, past DJ, Michael Franti and John Butler Trio fan, believer in the possibilities of humanity.
Many of us will purchase chocolates, flowers, and valentines to share love, friendship, and kindness on February 14. By supporting fair trade as we make purchasing decisions, we can make a positive impact for global communities and the environment. Who doesn’t love that? So what is fair trade, and what are some of its benefits?
They are everywhere at Portland State. In the arts and in the sciences. In the business school and the engineering department. In the administrative offices, student groups, and corner cafes. They are changemakers—people who fearlessly dream up new ways of doing things and develop novel solutions to our most looming social and environmental problems—regardless of how enormous or minute.
Q&A with Pam Campos-Palma, Air Force veteran, political science student, director of Las Mujeres resource center, and sole student-voting member of PSU's newly established Institutional Governing Board of Trustees.
I recently accompanied a team of environmental leaders to Washington D.C. for a series of discussions with senior environmental agency staff about ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are, basically, the benefits that nature provides. For example, the ability of forests to refresh water supplies and reduce air pollution, or the ability of clean rivers to provide healthy fish as a local food source.
In the United States, food waste makes up the majority of the waste that ends up in landfills each year. During fall quarter, the Sustainability Leadership Center’s Food Systems Task Force decided to focus our efforts on exploring PSU’s food waste stream. We set out to see how food waste is managed on campus. Here's what we found out:
December 31, 2013 - 11:00am — Elizabeth Lloyd-Pool
“What are your sustainability courses?” Seems like a simple question. It's certainly one that I get asked a lot. And yet few students know that this little question strikes terror in the hearts of many administrators.
With changes in the seasons come changes in how we interact with the plant world. Winter is a time for seed harvesting, prepping garden spaces, and, perhaps, making plant medicine. During this holiday season, try working with plants in a new way by crafting medicine with them! An easy way to start is by making salves, which are a type of cream used topically to heal dry skin, sunburns, or other afflictions depending on the herbs used.
Last summer, eight counselor education graduate students took their Portland State University education to the streets of New York, participating in a cultural immersion experience through the Counseling and Cultural Competence in a Global Society Institute.