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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.

What toxins lurk in your cell phone?

Ten years ago, Willamette Riverkeeper asked environmental writer Elizabeth Grossman to research and author a report on Willamette water quality. What she found came as a huge surprise: toxins from our everyday high-tech devises, like computers and cell phones, had become a major source of local water pollution.

Obama’s conservation agenda

With jobs and the economy at the forefront of political dialog, conversations about the environment are often pushed to the back burner. But current efforts, from the grassroots up to the federal government, are underway to show that environment and economy are not at ends with one another. Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), discussed such efforts at last week’s Solutions Seminar.

Taking the car out of carbon

If mass transit can get credit for the greenhouse gas emissions it saves, it could revolutionize the way we fund public transportation, according to the sustainability chief for the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, who visited Portland State Thursday.