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Sustainability in EMSA

PSU's Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA) division is committed to sustainability in both practices and values. We see student life as complementary to the classroom learning environment and support PSU's Campus Wide Learning Outcome for sustainability. From orientations to commencement, the campus experience can offer hands-on opportunities to better understand connections between environmental, social, and economic systems while adopting the behaviors, attitudes, knowledge, and skills to be effective changemakers. 


Student Life and Opportunities

Students can engage in activities that focus on sustainability by participating in programs through the Student Sustainability Center (SSC). The SSC offers rich hands-on learning experiences that build leadership skills, form lasting friendships, and create change on campus and in the community. Check out their Sustainability Volunteer Program, EcoReps program, and Student Sustainability Leadership Council.


Student Community Engagementn Center (SCEC) offers opportunities for students to engage in service projects that focus on environmental and social justice. From Earth Week to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, SCEC is a great way to make friends. Each spring, Alternative Spring Break sends students throughout the US to work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the San Francisco Food Bank, small farms, and many more organizations. 




PSU has a variety green student groups on campus, too. From food justice to bikes and water advocacy, there's something for everyone!

Considering a career in sustainability, or just wondering how your goals fit in with the movement? Schedule a session with our sustainability-focused career counselor and check out the Careers in Sustainability video

Visit PSU's student sustainability page for even more ways to get involved.


EMSA Departmental Initiatives

 In 2012-13, EMSA adopted sustainability as a division-wide assessment initiative. Our winter 2013 division-wide meeting discussed a variety of sustainability topics and featured speakers from across campus.

Each department tracks their environmental practices with guidance from PSU's Climate Champions Checklist. We also seek to lead and create innovative projects. Some featured initiatives from within the division include:

Campus Recreation (CREC) - CREC led the design of PSU's Academic and Student Recreation Center (ASRC), awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status. Within the ASRC, climbing walls are made from recycled materials, elliptical machines generate electricity, and all wood is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified.

CREC integrates sustainability into education for student paticipants, purchasing and marketing. Their Outdoor Program allows students to explore our bioregion through activities that include kayaking, backpacking, and rock climbing. The CREC Director, Alex Accetta, sits on the sustainability committee for the National Intramural Recreation Student Association (NIRSA).

The Resource Center for Students with Children offers a clothing swap each year where student parents can share clothing and toys. They have also advocated for Lactation Stations around campus. 

Social Sustainability Month - Each November, the Womens Resource Center hosts a month of events that focus on social aspects of sustainability challenges. What are the connections between the environment and women's issues, gender, or equity? Join us this fall to learn together.

Commencement - All graduates have the opportunity to take our graduation sustainability pledge and receive a green ribbon for their gowns. PSU also seeks to reduce the impact of this large event through purchasing decisions. Flowers from the ceremony are planted on campus through a partnership with Landscaping, all materials are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and gowns are made from recycled bottles. Read more about our sustainable commencement practices here.

Learn more and get involved:

Sign up for our student sustainability bulletin.

Download PSU's free Chinook Book mobile app to get coupons for local businesses around Portland.

Attend a sustainability event on campus.

Learn more about PSU's Green Campus initiatives and how you can contribute to a more environmentally-friendly university. 

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