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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.

New book provides toolbox for campus-community collaboration on sustainability efforts

Portland State’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” speaks to the value the University places on engagement with its community and region. A recently released book by the same name describes the multi-faceted process of building sustainability programs at Portland State University—programs that rely on strong university-community relationships and a two-way pipeline of knowledge development and exchange.

Call for proposals: Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference

The Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WAHESC) is a regionally focused opportunity for those teaching, working, or studying within higher education to come together and learn about sustainability in academics, operations, and research.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Ruby Buchholtz

Ruby Buchholtz, environmental management master’s student in the School of the Environment. My study area is in wetland and riparian ecosystems, my graduate project consists of creating a management plan for a small urban wetland in Lake Oswego. I am also the conservation outreach specialist with the Campus Sustainability Office as well as a trip leader with the Outdoor Program at Portland State University.

PCRE staff team up to beautify PSU’s campus

The whole campus beatification team in front of the newly planted Pacific Dogwood trees—yay Tree Campus USA! 

Chuck it for Charity—don’t move out without it

Think before you toss! The Campus Sustainability Office's Chuck It for Charity program makes sure that the unwanted clothing and household items students leave behind when they move out of PSU residence halls go to local charities, instead of to the landfill—donating an average of 10 tons of usable goods each spring.

Highlights from a year of sustainability awesomeness (SLIDESHOW + VIDEO)

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the 9th Annual PSU Sustainability Celebration last week. It was an amazing party and featured the achievements from what has been an exciting year in sustainability on campus and in our Portland community. 

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Olyssa Starry

Olyssa Starry is an assistant professor of urban ecology at the Portland State University Honors College working on several research projects with students right now that all use greenroofs as model systems for understanding urban ecology.

PSU Earth Week 2016

Join Portland State’s Environmental Club to celebrate Earth Week 2016 with a series of free events on campus. All events are free and open to all.

Living Lab Projects: Spring 2016

This spring, the PSU Living Lab program is connecting with eight classes and two groups of passionate student volunteers and interns to tackle 12 different sustainability projects that link campus operations and education.