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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.

Students talk FEMA insurance with homeowners in Johnson Creek Floodplain

It is a dark and rainy evening in late October in the Lents neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. Even though it is barely past five o’clock, it is already nighttime. As I haul myself out of my car, my rubber boots splash into a puddle that has accumulated next to my tire, and mud and grass coat the bottom of my jeans. The rain has gotten harder.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Holly Swendig, intern

My name is Holly Swendig, and I am a senior in Portland State University’s Community Development Program and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at Verde. I am very interested in equity and sustainability and hope to apply those lenses to everything I encounter.

Connecting a neighborhood: The Lents Green Ring

Many Portlanders are starting to recognize that they want fun and safe ways to walk and bike in and around their neighborhoods. Stepping out of their homes to walk or ride a bike shouldn’t be scary or uncomfortable. By utilizing the Lents Green Ring, the neighborhood is thinking creatively about how to connect places they value such as home, schools, grocery stores, parks, and local businesses.

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.

PSU architecture students propose tactical urbanism interventions for the Halprin Open Space Sequence

As a masters student in PSU’s Urban and Regional Planning program and a Student Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, I am particularly interested in sustainable design ideas for urban spaces.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Molly Simas, intern

Who are you? My name is Molly Simas, and I'm in my second year of pursuing a Creative Writing MFA at PSU and a Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern. I've lived in Portland for five years, Oregon for nine, and I'm from Arcata, California originally. In September I adopted two kittens and now I spend an exorbitant amount of my time just watching them play and sleep.

My journey through wilderness, from Chile to Portland

The following essay was written by PSU student Andrea Good during a writing course called Wilderness History in America taught by Paul Lask. 

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Dakota Tangredi, intern

My name is Dakota Tangredi. I’m currently a fourth-year environmental science major, eternal learner, Portland Climate Action Collaborative intern at IRCO Africa House, and Resident Assistant for Portland State University on-campus housing. In terms of how I relax, I’m a rock climber, hiker, and avid laugher. I’m also vegan and an animal advocate. I use he, him, and his pronouns and am deeply passionate about environmental justice and climate justice.