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Speaking of inequity, a sustainability essential

Social justice is a difficult subject. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, even to think about. Regardless of who you are, or how compassionate, open, and caring, chances are you have some form of bias ingrained in you—from your upbringing, from pop culture, from media, education, personal experiences. Many people don’t like to acknowledge that these biases exist, which is one reason they can be uncomfortable to confront and discuss. But ignoring the issue is an even bigger problem.

VIDEO: Smart food choices

Many of us think about our food choices in terms of how they impact our personal health, which is significant. But our food choices also greatly impact the environment and the people that grow our food. The good news is this: many farms, fisher people, and food businesses are increasingly using methods to grow and produce food that limit environmental impacts, support the health and well-being of consumers and producers, and pay fair wages to workers.

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.

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.

Come tap into the business of sustainable beer

As it turns out, an affinity for craft beer can be better for your financial future than a night out on the town would lead you to believe. On October 21, an event at Portland State’s Lincoln Performance Hall will bring together two brewery leaders who are proof of just that—and further proof that it’s possible to do it all while looking out for the well-being of people and the planet.

“Do the Math” on climate change

Last Thursday, self-proclaimed “professional bummer-outer” Bill McKibben was at Portland State via a livestream broadcast for the second stop in his 21-city “Do the Math” tour. McKibben is leading a nationwide tour to inspire universities and organizations to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Sustainable farming innovations

Would a cow be the first image to pop into your mind when you think of sustainable farming? Not likely. But what if that cow wasn’t the normal feedlot cow, but instead represented the grassland cattle that are raised by ranchers like Corey Carman from Carman Ranch?

New conservation frontiers in the rural West

They may disagree about politics or religion, but the one thing people in rural communities can agree on is their love of the land.

The Klamath water wars—a possible treaty?

In the aftermath of more than a decade characterized by disaster and conflict, stakeholders from the Klamath Basin have proposed an agreement for water allocation and natural resource restoration.

Emerging renewable energy in Oregon

On the same day Governor Kitzhaber called for an extensive federal review of coal export proposals in the Northwest, Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes joined a panel of clean energy advocates for a discussion on emerging renewable energy possibilities in Oregon.