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Wellness and Equity

Cultivate personal sustainability this spring

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” - Hans Hoffman On April 22, we will celebrate Earth Day! When you consider the health of the earth, do you think about how your personal well-being supports sustainability? Each day, we breathe air, drink water, and eat food that literally is the earth. From our bodies, these life elements then continue cycling through the earth’s living systems. Each of us also participates in social, cultural and economic systems. By creating personal balance and health, we are supporting sustainability.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Alejandra Zamudio

Q&A with Alejandra Zamudio, student, artist, social sustainability advocate and volunteer.

Food Systems Event Series: Strengthening Community, Building Capacity

It’s difficult to dispute that there’s a connection between healthy food and healthy people. Groups of policy makers and organizational leaders, faith based communities and neighborhood coalitions are all recognizing this relationship, and developing strategies for envisioning and creating healthier, more equitable communities. Join us this April and May for a four-session series of events that explore the connection between food, health, and community.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Alex Accetta

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.

Celebrate the season of love with fair trade

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?

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Pam Campos-Palma

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.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni

Green design for the down-and-out: Q&A with Sergio Palleroni, professor of architecture and director of the new Center for Public Interest Design at PSU.

Finding a path toward diversity in sustainability

“Equity, diversity, and inclusion in the sustainability movement—that’s the only way I see forward,” said Marcelo Bonta, founder and executive director of the Center for Diversity and the Environment, at Portland State University last week. Speaking candidly about his own experience working in the environmental field as a man of Filipino descent, Bonta addressed issues around the lack of diversity in the U.S. environmental movement.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Cynthia Gómez

Q&A with Cynthia Gómez, diversity advocacy extraordinaire.

Decolonizing sustainability: Unsettling the dominant paradigm

Today marks the start of the fourth annual series of events hosted at PSU as part of Social Sustainability Month (SSM). The Women’s Resource Center, Sustainability Leadership Center, and faculty from Indigenous Nations Studies and Sociology have supported this initiative from its roots as a student idea in 2010.