Urban Sustainability

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.

Symposium takes on food and land justice

In May 2018, the Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems hosted a Symposium on Food and Land Justice. The symposium, which featured two keynote speakers and a panel of local activists and practitioners, took place over two evenings, May 9th and 16th, at PSU’s Native American Student & Community Center. 

Engaging the community to achieve a vision: The Lents Green Ring

PSU sociology and urban planning researchers teamed up with City of Portland urban design staff to investigate accessibility and interests concerning green spaces in the city, including the Green Loop, a concept by the City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability that envisions green spaces, bike and pedestrian networks, and recreational routes as part of the Central City 2035 plan.

With green leasing, PSU extends sustainability efforts to commercial tenants

By Emily Quinton, graduate student, Environmental Science and Management

Sustainability courses: Fall 2017

From Anthropology of Food to Urban Housing and Development, sustainability courses for fall 2017 at Portland State University span more than a dozen subject areas.

Community Spotlight: Q&A with Kevin Saavedra

My name is Kevin Saavedra, and I am a GIS & Planning Analyst at the Campus Planning Office. I completed my undergraduate work in Geography and City & Regional Planning at U.C. Berkeley, and I have a Master of City Planning degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Prior to accepting my current position at PSU, I worked as an urban planner and GIS analyst at a small city planning and urban design firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I specialized in transportation planning and Complete Streets projects. So I suppose I'm one of those California transplants I hear so much about.

Maps show 30 percent of Portland lots could host backyard homes

70,863 of the tax lots in Portland (about 30 percent) may be prime for ADU development.

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.