Portland, Ore-based Portland State University (PSU) is active on a variety of sustainability fronts. PSU was the first university to join Oregon's Healthy Purchasing Coalition, which is focused on making purchases that avoid inclusion of toxins and other environmentally damaging ingredients. The school is also a member of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council.
All seven of Oregon’s public universities are poised to get substantially more state money over the next two years. In preliminary figures released Wednesday, some universities stand to get bigger increases than others.
PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office has created a Travel Offset Program designed to help mitigate the carbon emission impacts of University travel. The program, which is voluntary, works by charging participating departments an offset fee that amounts to 2 percent of total travel expenses.
Jennifer Chambers, assistant dean of finance and administration for Portland State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), has won the 2015 Rising Star award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers.