Explore Sustainability on Campus

Everyone in the PSU community plays a role in setting and evolving the University’s sustainability and climate action goals. Whether you engage in a specific program or more generally consider the intersections of sustainability in your work, research, teaching, and education, the organizations making up Sustainability at PSU (the Planning & Sustainability Office, Student Sustainability Center, and Institute for Sustainable Solutions) are excited to meet and collaborate with you!

There are many ways to get involved with and learn about sustainability at PSU. Every day, there are countless sustainability research, advocacy, education, and action activities related to sustainability on campus and in the community. Students, faculty, employees, and community members can connect through a variety of groups, programs, and initiatives.

Shape Sustainability on Campus

The opportunities listed below are available to all PSU students, faculty, and staff. In addition, the campus and cultural sustainability tours and Sustainability Dashboard are available for the community and public. 

Scroll or click below to see additional ways to get involved that are specific to students, faculty and staff, and community. We are more than happy to answer your questions and consider your requests for additions to this website.


There are many ways to get involved with sustainability as a student at PSU. As a starting place, we recommend checking out the Student Sustainability Center (SSC), which offers a variety of programs designed for networking, mentorship, leadership development, and more. In addition to the SSC, here is a snapshot of other opportunities for students.

  • Join or form a student group related to sustainability, like the Environmental Club, ASHRAE student chapter, Association of Environmental Science Students, Extinction Rebellion PSU, and more.
  • Check out education and research opportunities related to sustainability, such as courses, degrees and certificate programs, and the Living Lab program.
  • Browse PSU's career resources, including PSU Handshake. PSU even has a sustainability-focused career advisor, Mary Vance. Schedule an appointment with Mary.
  • Campus jobs with the Student Sustainability Center, Campus Sustainability Office, and Institute for Sustainable Solutions are typically advertised in our newsletter and social media @sustainablepdx.
  • Connect with nature, the outdoors, and bike commuting with the PSU Outdoor Program and Bike Hub.
  • Volunteer and participate in service events through the Student Community Engagement Center (SCEC).
  • Build community and create lasting connections through the PSU Resource Centers.

Faculty & Staff

As employees of the University, faculty and staff are key partners in fulfilling PSU's sustainability commitments, connecting academics and research to broader community needs, and integrating sustainability into every day actions and conversations.

Connect within and across departments
Peer-to-peer opportunities related to sustainability include Climate Champions (see below) and the Faculty Fellows program, a cross-campus network of more than 100 faculty who champion sustainability-related education and research within their departments and beyond. Whether your department is interested in becoming a Climate Champion or discussing sustainability more broadly, the Campus Sustainability Office is always available to connect. If you are a faculty member and you would like to become a Faculty Fellow or discuss sustainability research and City-community partnerships, contact the Institute for Sustainability Solutions. Find contact information for both organizations on the Contact Us page.

Empower students
Whether you interact with students in the classroom or in the office, faculty and staff can empower students through integrating sustainability into teaching, research, and departmental activities. This may take the form of creating opportunities for students to get involved in sustainability projects, connecting students to leadership and professional development opportunities, or ensuring access to information on student health and well-being.

Departmental initiatives

Travel Offset Program

Travel Offset Program

There are many creative ways to reduce travel, but when it is necessary for work and enrichment, the PSU Travel Offset Program provides a mechanism for funding energy and water savings projects on campus. Through your department’s voluntary participation, the Travel Offset Program helps reduce the carbon impacts associated with University-funded travel.

Climate Champions

Wondering how your department can support PSU’s climate action and sustainability goals through every day practices? Become a certified PSU Climate Champion department! The program recognizes resource conservation and stewardship within PSU departments and includes an assessment to track progress on sustainable best practices for the workplace.



The creation of a just, healthy, vibrant and resilient world is a bigger job than any one institution, organization, company or individual can do on their own. Portland State is always looking for new ways to partner with the community for collective impact.

Stay Informed
Sign up for and contribute content towards our monthly sustainability e-newsletter. Typically, we share stories, events, and opportunities.

Connect & Partner
Would you like to find help or partner with Portland State on a sustainability-related project? Contact us or visit the PSU Partnerships site to learn about partnering with the University more broadly.

  • To suggest a partnership opportunity or get more information about any of our programs, email sustainability@pdx.edu.
  • Are you interested in hosting a PSU student intern for a sustainability related position within your organization? Contact Career Counselor Mary Vance to get started.
  • Do you have a job, internship, or volunteer opportunity for students? Use PSU Handshake and GivePulse to post opportunities. Once your opportunities are posted (through these platforms or externally), feel free to reach out and request that we share these opportunities with students!
  • Interested in deepening your sustainability education? Consider a PSU Sustainability Graduate Certificate.

Support our work
Visit the PSU Foundation website to learn how you can support sustainability work at PSU with a tax-deductible donation.


There are many events at PSU and in the Portland region that connect to sustainability. The organizations of Sustainability at PSU also host a variety of events each year, like the PSU Sustainability Celebration, and are present to table at campus-wide events, like Party in the Park.

Annual Celebration

The PSU Sustainability Celebration typically occurs in late May and includes a project showcase, the Excellence in Sustainability Awards, networking, and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @sustainablepdx to hear about each Celebration.

Student Events

In addition to sharing events on the PSU website on through social media, many student organizations and clubs will list their events on PSU Connect. Use this platform to browse upcoming events and connect with PSU students.

Upcoming events


Last year, many of you gathered at Viking Pavilion at Portland State University for the annual TechfestNW conference. This year in the wake of COVID-…
Add to my Calendar 2020-12-02 00:00:00 2020-12-04 23:59:59 TECHFEST NW Last year, many of you gathered at Viking Pavilion at Portland State University for the annual TechfestNW conference. This year in the wake of COVID-19, we had to cancel our in-person conference originally planned for April 2020. But don't fret—TechfestNW is back and better than ever!We are thrilled to announce that Techfest is going virtual this year.  Eager to know what's next for the future of work, cities, health, privacy, and equity? Join us in December for a virtual conference with engaging talks about the challenges and opportunities our world is facing. We have a fantastic lineup of speakers, a platform that will allow guests to network, a virtual expo, and tons of other exciting opportunities. Also, get to see more than 70 startups pitching their ideas to some of the country's smartest investors. We hope to see you there!  https://www.techfestnw.com/?mc_cid=dfa75972a2&mc_eid=5ecf4376b2 https://www.techfestnw.com/?mc_cid=dfa75972a2&mc_eid=5ecf4376b2 https://www.techfestnw.com/?mc_cid=dfa75972a2&mc_eid=5ecf4376b2 America/Los_Angeles public

Tag, We're It: Voices on Resilience

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Add to my Calendar 2021-02-25 17:00:00 2021-02-25 19:00:00 Tag, We're It: Voices on Resilience A global public health crisis that has exposed and exacerbated inequities. Raging wildfires. And the ever-looming Big One. As we navigate the challenges of a changing environment, building resilience — our capacity to prepare for, adapt to and grow in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or disaster — has never been more critical. Join us as our panelists bring their diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences to the issue of resilience. REGISTER FOR WEBINAR Our Speakers: Jola Ajibade is an assistant professor of Geography at PSU. She applies a political ecology and environmental justice lens to study how individuals, communities, and cities respond to climate change and their different capacities for adaptation, resilience, and transformation. Her current work lies at the intersection of disaster management, equitable resilience planning, and sustainability transitions in old and future cities in the Global South. Fletcher Beaudoin is director of PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS). He directs programs focused on applied research, partner-based and interdisciplinary teaching, and student internships and research fellowships. He provides support for a collaborative team of ISS staff working to forge internal and external partnerships to advance sustainability outcomes in the world.  Max Nielsen-Pincus is an associate professor of Environmental Science and Management. As a social scientist, his research focuses on how policy impacts natural resource management and local communities in areas such as wildfire risk management, forest and fuels management, ecological restoration, and private land conservation. Jeremy Spoon is director of PSU’s new Emergency Management and Community Resilience Program and an associate professor of Anthropology. He conducts applied research on rural and Indigenous disaster recoveries in Nepal; hazard mitigation that combines Indigenous knowledge and Western science in Nevada; and equitable wildland firefighting in the Pacific Northwest. He has more than 20 years of experience collaborating with Indigenous peoples and government agencies. Barbara Tint is a professor of Conflict Resolution at PSU, a peace psychologist and a global facilitator, trainer and mediator. She specializes in dialogue, power, gender, culture and resilience. She has worked on every continent (ok, not Antarctica) and has published on a wide range of topics. She is a trained improviser and uses improvisational methods and principles in everything she does, particularly life. She is still waiting for Saturday Night Live to call. Remote clas@pdx.edu clas@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public

Sustainability Awareness Speaker Series: Water Security

Geography professor Heejun Chang joins ASPSU Sustainability Affairs…
Add to my Calendar 2021-02-22 09:00:00 2021-02-22 10:00:00 Sustainability Awareness Speaker Series: Water Security Geography professor Heejun Chang joins ASPSU Sustainability Affairs Committee for its Sustainability Awareness Speaker Series. Dr. Chang's research and teaching focus on water sustainability in a changing climate, land cover, and management. He has led transdisciplinary water research from a coupled natural and human system lens. He has collaborated with local watershed councils, municipalities, and regional governments across the Pacific, in studying future climate change impacts on water quantity and quality and flood hazards using spatial statistics, social surveys, and process-based modeling.  https://pdx.zoom.us/j/88905206659 arun3@pdx.edu arun3@pdx.edu America/Los_Angeles public