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Kick it into gear—the Bike to PSU Challenge is near

Take part in the Bike to PSU Challenge this May and get rewarded for riding your bike to campus. This year, five new bikes are up for grabs along with other fabulous prizes from sponsors, including Breezer Bikes, Giro, Ortlieb, KIND Snacks, and more.

VIDEO| Join the festivities: Earth Week 2015

Portland State’s annual week of Earth–focused events promises to be a riotous good time this April, featuring community festivals, a film screening, guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, a clothing swap, craft market, and more. And best of all? All events are free and open to the public. Check out the great lineup of events and watch our short video to get a glimpse of the fun.

PSU inspires students to help improve the community

As an international student from Mumbai, India, I have learned about a lot of surprising things since I started attending school at Portland State. The education system in India is more theoretical, where students spend most of their time reading books. But at PSU, we are encouraged to gain hands-on learning experiences by being involved in community-based learning projects and working with community organizations. And I prefer this kind of hands-on learning approach.

Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative class roster: Winter 2015

Students in 11 classes from across the University are engaging with Portland neighborhoods in meaningful ways this term through the Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative. Check out this quick snapshot of the urban sustainability projects being explored in classes this term.

Green Campus Living | Laundry (the green way)

We all wash our clothes (well, hopefully—dorm life can get a little iffy in that department). But what about all the water and energy that goes into this process? According to SFGate, modern washing machines use up to 40 gallons of water per load!

Divest Portland State—what’s all the hype about?

Maybe you’ve seen the little orange squares pinned on jackets and backpacks around campus or have heard murmurs about “divestment” at Portland State. But what does that word—divestment—actually mean? Divestment is the opposite of investment. In the case of the student-led initiative Divest Portland State, it would mean moving PSU’s financial investments away from oil and coal companies as part of a larger international effort spearheaded by environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben through his climate action organization

Living, working, and napping in China: The urban planning internship experience

Ever wondered what it would be like to work as an urban planner in China? I have one word for you: naptime. That’s right, according to six Portland State Master of Urban and Regional Planning students who did internships through the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization program last summer, professionals in China get a designated naptime after lunch (along with a pullout bed in their office to facilitate said nap). Whaaat? That. Sounds. Awesome.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Irene Bailey

Irene Bailey is a graduate student in the Leadership for Sustainability Education program who once bought a sailboat with two other women and navigated the high seas from Ventura, California to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

VIDEO| Cheap, easy, eco-friendly: This is reuse

Portland State's Reuse Room, Mug Runners, and Pop-Up Swaps are three of the ways we make reuse on campus easy. Check out the video above to learn about three of PSU’s reuse programs. Give, take, share!

Green Campus Living | Composting: What’s all the stink about?

Although some students here at PSU may be old pros at this whole composting business, to many of us the term remains shrouded in mystery. What is “composting”? Why should anyone care about it? Is it possible to do it on campus? And, most importantly, will it lend an unpleasant stench to my dorm room? (Spoiler alert: if you empty your compost pail regularly, it won’t stink!)