Annual Chuck it for Charity event a waste diversion success

At its core, Chuck it for Charity seems simple, providing an easy way for students moving out of Portland State dorms to donate unwanted items to local charities and on-campus reuse programs. In reality, it requires a significant amount of coordination, partnership, volunteer and staff support, and comfort with some organized chaos. Despite these many moving pieces, this year’s event was one of the smoothest yet, thanks to the work and participation of Housing & Residence Life, student residents, volunteers, and the Campus Sustainability team.

Community Spotlight: PhD student Dorothy Horn reflects on her NSF Fellowship

Dorothy Horn’s first words about the National Science Foundation Fellowship she landed this spring were simple: “It’s huge,” she said.

Chuck it for Charity happening June 4 through June 16

Students, moving at the end of spring term? If you have unwanted items such as furniture, appliances, non-perishable food, clothing, and more be sure to keep your eyes out for Chuck it for Charity, happening this year from June 4-16 in campus residential halls.

Celebrating Earth Week 2018

PSU promotes a positive and healthy connection to our environment and community every day. Earth Week is another opportunity for us to join an international celebration by hosting several local events. These are free and open to the public.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Julia Michel

My name is Julia Michel, and I am the GIS and planning analyst for PSU’s campus planning office. I received my urban studies and planning bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University and just last year completed the MURP program here at PSU.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Tyler Wilkins

Tyler Wilkins, undergraduate in political science with a focus in public service and civic leadership. He is also a Student Fellow and intern with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions.

Better Block PDX invites proposals for pop-up projects

Could you identify a public place that could benefit from small streetscape improvements to benefit people walking, biking, or spending time in their neighborhood? Submit a proposal by March 23rd to move your idea forward through your community organization with a partnership with Better Block PDX, PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and engineering students to plan a pop-up project. These demonstrations bring street improvements to life for a brief period and generate conversations and actions that could influence future implementation.

Sustainability courses: Spring 2018

From Contemporary Urban Design to Queer Ecologies, sustainability courses for spring 2018 at Portland State University span more than 20 subject areas.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Nichole Wenzel

A profile on Nichole Wenzel, Environmental Studies major, Geography minor, Student Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Student Sustainability Center volunteer coordinator, and blogger

ISS staff profile: Mary Vance, career counselor

One of the many benefits of being a student at Portland State is having access to professional development and career resources designed to help students advance in sustainability fields. Students have the opportunity to receive personalized advice from career counselor Mary Vance.