Climate Champions

students with children resource center bronze climate champions certification

Acknowledging every day actions in PSU departments

The PSU Climate Champions Program is designed to promote and recognize resource conservation and stewardship within PSU departments, as well as to support the goals of our Climate Action Plan. The program includes an assessment that departments use to track their progress on sustainable best practices for the workplace. 

The assessment outlines best practices in: energy & water conservation, transportation, waste reduction, purchasing, and event planning.

Bronze, 25-35 Points 

Biology, Capital Projects & Construction, Dean of Student Life, Facilities & Property Management, Retirement Association of Portland State, School of Business, University Communications

Silver, 36-49 Points 

Advising & Career Services, Bike Hub, Construction Accounting Services, Department of Communication, Environmental Health & Safety, Human Resources, Finance & Administration, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Learning Center, Office of the President, Planning Construction & Real Estate Finance, Queer Resource Center, School of Social Work, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, Student Sustainability Center, Transportation & Parking Services, University Honors College

Gold, 50+ Points 

Campus Rec, Planning & Sustainability Office, Office of Information Technology

Want to become a Climate Champion?

Step 1: Take the Survey

Complete the Climate Champions assessment, available as a survey on Google forms or as a downloadable pdf. While you are working on the survey, gather input from your coworkers. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to us at

Step 2: Meet with a CSO Representative 

After your department submits the assessment, a representative from the Planning & Sustainability Office will contact you to review results, offer follow up support, and deliver prizes.

Step 3: Get your Decal & Prizes! 

All Climate Champion departments will receive a wall/window decal with their level of recognition (bronze, silver, gold). Additional prizes can include recognition on the sustainability social media pages, highlight in the sustainability E-newsletter, and prize packs with green goods!


We have resources to help you become a Climate Champion! Please contact to learn more.

Deskside buddy bins (recycling & trash)

Battery recycling bins

Reusable to-go boxes and sporks 

Green Party Kit - reusable dishware for 30 (borrow only)

Refillable white board markers

Reusable mugs & bottles 

Helpful stickers & signs