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Climate Action Plan, New Sustainability Center Director, and Success Stories at PSU's Annual Sustainability Celebration
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications/Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices
Posted: May 24, 2010

May 24 event showcases faculty and student sustainability projects, signing of Climate Action Plan, and introduction of new sustainability center director

WHAT: Portland State University’s third-annual sustainability celebration features a formal signing of the University’s Climate Action Plan by President Wim Wiewel, detailing PSU’s intended pathway to carbon neutrality by 2040.

The event also showcases sustainability projects from the 2009–2010 academic year, success stories from teaching, research, operations and will introduce the campus to Robert Costanza, incoming director of PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices.

WHEN: Monday, May 24, 2010
4–5 p.m.: Reception and poster session
5–6 p.m.: Formal program with Climate Action Plan signing by PSU President Wim Wiewel, introduction of Robert Costanza, 2009-2010 sustainability success stories.
6–9 p.m.: Freshman Inquiry sustainability celebration, with Affluenza author John de Graaf.

WHERE: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (Room 355), 1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore.

COST: The event is free and open to PSU students, faculty, staff and community partners.

CONTACT: For more information on sustainability at Portland State, visit and A final draft of the PSU Climate Action Plan will be available online: More information on the Freshman Inquiry Sustainability courses and Living Learning Community is available at

BACKGROUND: The annual sustainability celebration is hosted by PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office, the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, and University Studies.

Sustainability efforts at Portland State receive additional support from a ten-year, $25 million grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation:

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For Immediate Release (#10-021)

David Santen (503-725-8765)
PSU Office of University Communications/Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices

Noelle Studer-Spevak, PSU Campus Sustainability Office