by Kevin Kecskes — May 18, 2016
Sustainability means different things to different people, like many conceptual terms its meaning changes based on who says it and in what context. Its root word is sustain, which means to be able continue. Sustainability through a civic leadership lens ultimately means to sustain human opportunity. More than surviving, it is a commitment to living sustainably to ensure that future generations have an equal opportunity to thrive in a healthy, happy community. To this goal two people have committed themselves: Nathan Jones of Green Lents and Luke Bonham of Rose CDC.
by Kevin Kecskes — May 16, 2016
Sustainability work is not focused solely on an outcome but also on the process toward the outcome. The challenge, and reward, is to grapple with the difficulties of ecological design processes to fully integrate our educational institutions into the spatial environments of the communities and leverage their gifts and resources to strengthen the educational success of all students. This approach is foundational to equity, accessibility and collaboration in public work and discourse.
by Mary Rozance — May 12, 2016
This spring Melanie Malone, Diana Denham and Mary Ann Rozance, PhD students from PSU's IGERT program—a National Science Foundation-funded interdisciplinary program focused on studying ecosystem services for urbanizing regions—offered a unique interdisciplinary course on urban rivers.
by Ruby Buchholtz — May 12, 2016
It all started with a simple question at a staff training trip: “what should we do with these food scraps?” After the seed had been planted, the PSU Outdoor Program (part of the Rec Center) and the Campus Sustainability Office partnered to implement some new ways to compost, recycle, and educate participants about sustainable actions.
by Christina Williams — May 10, 2016
Working at the Port of Portland through PSU's Community Environmental Services program, Grace Stainback has become a bit of a recycling celebrity.
by Christina Williams — May 6, 2016
Drones have a growing and sometimes dubious reputation, but a new research project is putting drones to work to add more muscle behind environmental restoration policy.