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How talking about race can help combat climate change

Antwi Akom has many great stories to tell. Infuriating stories. Sad stories. Stories that force you to question what you think you know about other people’s realities, and your own. In 2005, Akom was falsely arrested for going into his own faculty office at San Francisco State University to get books to prepare for his class the next day.

Accelerating urban sustainability—the USA way

This summer, PSU’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator (USA) hosted its annual convening of cities participating in our year-long assistance program.

Infographic: Portland Trees and Health

Last month, Portland State's inderdisciplinary Trees and Health team published research in the academic journal Environmental Pollution illustrating the clear link between a city's trees and the health of its citizens.

SoMa Parklet project gets green light

The block of Southwest 4th Avenue food carts are a staple lunch spot for many Portland State students, faculty, and staff, not to mention employees of the city of Portland and other office buildings nearby. However, for anyone who has visited these carts, you know the frustrating reality that while you can get a delicious meal from one of the 20 or so different carts, there is no place to sit to enjoy your food. That’s about to change.

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.

Latest climate report brings impacts home

The latest in a series of Big Reports on climate change was released this week, the third National Climate Assessment, delivering piles of data, graphics, forecasts, and research on the topic of impact. 

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Thad Miller

The future of urban sustainability: Q&A with Thad Miller, assistant professor of Urban Studies and Planning.

ISS announces Faculty Professional Development Workshop for Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

The Institute for Sustainable Solutions invites PSU faculty from across the University to apply to participate in a professional development workshop to be held Friday, June 20th, 2014. 

Seven student groups, two community partners, one grand experiment

What once was limited to a Senior Capstone experience is becoming more pervasive throughout the course catalog, where disciplines as varied as business and graphic design are now working with community partners to tackle actual issues.

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