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Welcoming new students to PSU, sustainability style

From September 23-29, Portland State University departments and student groups will host a week of events to welcome new students to campus. More than 150 events are planned during Viking Days, with activities that range from an on-campus job fair hosted by Advising and Career Services to an international scavenger hunt by Education Abroad. There will be something for everyone!

The Sustainability Leadership Center has joined the fun and designed a variety of events that will offer new students opportunities to get involved, learn about sustainability, and make new connections at the start of the year.

Check out some of our events. We hope to see you next week!

What's in Your Everyday Products?

Do you know what’s in your deodorant, shampoo, and household cleaners? Join the Sustainability Leadership Center to learn how to avoid harmful chemicals found in some everyday products. We will discuss the top ingredients to look for, review product ratings with online resources, share recipes for homemade products, and offer samples from affordable companies that use healthy and sustainable ingredients.

When: Monday, September 23, 2013 | 3-4 p.m.
Where: Cob Oven (SW Corner of SMSU)

Native Plant Walk & Talk

Diversity is crucial for healthy people, plant, and animal communities. Join us to learn more about the natural history of our bioregion with a guided walk through campus gardens. We will explore how the natural world sustains all life and talk about great places to find native plants in and around Portland.

When: Wednesday, September 25 | 1:30-3 p.m.
Where: Meet at Cob Oven (SW Corner of SMSU)

Sustainable Home Ec

Whether you are just learning to cook or are a culinary pro, this workshop will provide an opportunity to learn about preserving foods from our bioregion. With guidance from a master preserver, we’ll dehydrate apples and make jam with local berries. We will also share tips for growing your own food and eating local and healthy on a student budget. The first 30 participants to sign in will receive samples to take home.

When: Wednesday, September 25 | 10-11 a.m.
Where: Montgomery Court, 1st Floor Lounge


See the full list of sustainability events happening in the next couple weeks here:



Heather Spalding is the sustainability leadership and outreach coordinator for PSU's Sustainability Leadership Center.