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Videos: Sustainability in Action at PSU

On Sept. 28, PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions hosted Sustainability in Action to welcome in a new year and new PSU president, Rahmat Shoureshi. About 150 people gathered at the Smith Student Union Ballroom to hear from local sustainability leaders and discover opportunities to get involved in this changemaking work.

Watch our featured speakers in the videos below.

Humans, the Environment, and Maps by Sachi Arakawa

Sachi Arakawa is a graduate student in PSU’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, with an emphasis on environmental planning and community development. She is also a graduate research assistant at PSU’s Institute of Metropolitan Studies and a student fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Sachi Arakawa uses her background in Geographic Information Science, which combines data analysis and map making, to understand relationships between humans and their environment.

Five Things About Our Green Campus by Jenny McNamara

As campus sustainability director, Jenny McNamara leads the team at PSU's Campus Sustainability Office, fostering partnerships across departments and disciplines to support institutional stewardship of our environment by aligning the University’s operations, policies, and planning with PSU’s conservation and sustainability goals.

Connecting University Research with Community Needs by Amy Lubitow

Amy Lubitow is an associate professor of sociology at PSU and a faculty fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. She exemplifies the power and potential of connecting university research with the needs of community groups and government agencies to develop practical solutions for more equitable, livable, sustainability cities.

Remarks by PSU President Rahmat Shoureshi

Rahmat Shoureshi, a champion of collaborative learning, innovative research, and community engagement, began leading Portland State University as its ninth president on Aug. 14.

Remarks by Institute for Sustainable Solutions Director Robert Liberty

Robert Liberty, director of PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, hosted Sustainability in Action on Sept. 28. This video segment includes remarks by U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley and Denis Hayes, president of the Bullitt Foundation and cofounder of Earth Day.

Sustainability in Action at PSU: Entire Program

Watch the whole show, start to finish!