PSU marks Campus Sustainability Day 2014 with slew of events
Author: Christina Williams
Posted: October 2, 2014

Since 2002, universities across North America have celebrated national Campus Sustainability Day by hosting events on their campuses from film screenings to bike-to-school days to bluegrass concerts.

Set up as a way to celebrate sustainability in higher education, Campus Sustainability Day has gained momentum over the years with more universities joining the party. The event is supported by Second Nature and by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, which will hold its annual conference in Portland in late October, bringing some 2,000 sustainability professionals to town. 

This year’s theme for Campus Sustainability Day is “Empowering Change on Campus and in the Community.” 

In 2014 Portland State will mark Campus Sustainability Day as part of the annual Portland State of Mind celebration. Wednesday, October 22, smack in the middle of PSU’s answer to homecoming—the Portland State of Mind 10-day celebration for students, alumni, and the community—will feature events designed to inform and inspire the PSU and Portland community. 

Sustainability is at the heart of the Portland community and it’s what makes an education at Portland State so valuable. PSU is committed to making our society more equitable, more economically vibrant and more ecologically resilient. 

Join one—or all!—of these events on Oct. 22 and help PSU celebrate sustainability. All events are free and open to the public. 

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Drop by for morning coffee in the PSU Park Blocks with the Campus Sustainability Office and Olé Latte. Bring your reusable mug, or pick up a free new-to-you mug salvaged by PSU’s Mug Runners program, and get free coffee provided by Olé Latte—a new, locally-owned, gourmet coffee cart at PSU. Reduce, reuse, re-caffienate! 

12 – 1:30 p.m. Bring your lunch to the Multicultural Center in room 228 of the Smith Memorial Student Union and join the English Department and the Center for Public Humanities for a dose of eco-poetry. Jed Rasula, visiting from the University of Georgia, will give a hybrid lecture and performance called “Dada and the Compost Library.” 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Visit the PSU Oak Savanna just south of the Science Research Teaching Center at the corner of SW 11th Ave, and SW Montgomery St. for an afternoon of stories and service. Representatives from local tribes will share stories that highlight human interdependence with the natural systems that sustain our lives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a service project to prepare the Oak Savanna for the winter season. This is also a part of Social Sustainability Month at PSU

7 p.m. Join the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at the Stott Center for an inspiring keynote talk on indigenous perspectives and grassroots strategies for mitigating climate change from Winona LaDuke. LaDuke is a member of the Mississippi Band of the White Earth Reservation of the Anishinaabe Nation. She is an activist, economist, environmentalist, author, and two-time vice presidential candidate. 

Find more information on these other sustainability-related events here