Healthy Campus 2020 Pledge

Portland State took the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus Pledge and is now considered a Healthy Campus 2020 Partner. This pledge demonstrates our commitment toward achieving the Healthy Campus 2020 goals and objectives, and Portland State has joined a growing group of diverse, motivated institutions and organizations working every day to move campuses across our nation toward better health.

Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus

In September 2015, Portland State joined nearly 1,600 colleges and universities across the country and more than 20 in Oregon in banning all smoke and tobacco products on campus, including smokeless tobacco, chew, snuff, cigars, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, pipes and hookahs. The new policy fulfills PSU President Wim Wiewel’s pledge at the 2013 Fresh Air Challenge to have a smoke free campus by 2016.

Starting in 2009, the Healthy Campus Initiative drafted a new policy and worked with outside partners such as Portland Parks and Recreation and the City of Portland. In 2014, City of Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz signed a park rule that allowed for the South Park Blocks to be smoke and tobacco free.

The new policy does not provide areas for people to smoke or use tobacco products on campus property. All those who choose to smoke or use tobacco products are asked to be respectful of PSU’s neighbors.

Clean Air Corridor

Launched in January 2013, the Clean Air Corridor (CAC) is a designated corridor targeted as a pollution-free zone, prohibiting smoking and the creation of air pollutants such as exhaust from idling vehicles, gas powered leaf blowers, pressure washers, and small utility vehicles.

Located in the most frequented area of campus, the Clean Air Corridor spans the north end of Lincoln Hall to the south end of Shattuck Hall. It includes three of Portland State’s most used buildings: Cramer and Neuberger Halls and the Smith Memorial Student Union; and two high-profile LEED certified buildings, Lincoln and Shattuck Halls.

This corridor is viewed as the heart of campus and currently has multiple sustainability efforts underway including solar panels, hydration stations, water/energy conservation measures, emergency blue lights, recycling/composting, access to bike lanes, and proximity to the Portland Farmer’s Market, the Electric Avenue, the Eco Learning Plaza, and the planned Green Streets initiative.