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Don't miss the Sustainability Friday Film Series

On select Fridays from February through April, PSU students have access to front row seats to film screenings and dinner at PSU hosted by the Sustainability Leaders Network and Student Sustainability Center. The films highlight social justice movements and stories of people, food and nature.

Sustainable Food Systems cohort examines the future of food systems under the Trump administration

The students and faculty of PSU’s new Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems gathered in January for their first cohort event. The certificate brings together students and faculty from diverse academic areas as a collaborative effort by the College of Urban and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. The event was an opportunity to meet each other over coffee and engage in a discussion about the future of food systems issues under the new federal administration.

PSU’s first honey harvest wins third place in local taste test

In April of 2016, PSU’s Beekeeping Task Force introduced two hives to campus in the Community Orchard. The flowers bloomed, luring the bees out to explore their new home. The bees visited the apple trees, pear trees, tomato plants, blueberry bushes, buckwheat flowers and anything else that intrigued them. As the student-led task force monitored them throughout the summer and into fall they noticed they had collected quite a bit of honey which meant one thing—Beekeeping Task Force collected their first honey harvest.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Megan Horst, ISS Faculty Fellow

I’m Megan Horst, assistant professor in Urban Studies & Planning and faculty fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. I am interested in the relationships between land use planning, community food systems, and sustainability and justice. I recently co-authored a report called “The Future of Oregon's Agricultural Land,” as well as an article about getting planners to think beyond so-called "food deserts." I also have an article forthcoming on planning and food justice.

Taking composting on the road through the 7 Wonders of Oregon

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.

Free seeds for the PSU community

The Student Sustainability Center has launched a new seed library at Portland State where any PSU student, staff, or faculty member can check out FREE seeds to plant and grow. By “library,” we mean that you can donate back seeds that you’ve harvested and saved.

The Learning Gardens Lab turns 10

The Learning Gardens Lab, a four-acre educational garden in southeast Portland operated through a partnership between Portland State, Portland Public Schools, the city of Portland, and Oregon State University’s Extension Service is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. That’s a decade of supporting academic achievement, leadership development, and local sustainable food systems by providing multicultural, interdisciplinary, intergenerational, and experiential garden-based education for public school students and their families, university students, and community members.

A spotlight on food justice: What does farm-to-table really mean?

Many of those who work to put food on our plates cannot afford to feed themselves. Food labor— including cultivating, harvesting, sorting, packaging, processing, transporting, marketing, retailing, preparing, and serving food—constitutes over half of all human labor. Yet, this work remains largely invisible to consumers.

PSU inspires students to help improve the community

As an international student from Mumbai, India, I have learned about a lot of surprising things since I started attending school at Portland State. The education system in India is more theoretical, where students spend most of their time reading books. But at PSU, we are encouraged to gain hands-on learning experiences by being involved in community-based learning projects and working with community organizations. And I prefer this kind of hands-on learning approach.

Green Campus Living | Composting: What’s all the stink about?

Although some students here at PSU may be old pros at this whole composting business, to many of us the term remains shrouded in mystery. What is “composting”? Why should anyone care about it? Is it possible to do it on campus? And, most importantly, will it lend an unpleasant stench to my dorm room? (Spoiler alert: if you empty your compost pail regularly, it won’t stink!)

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