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Wellness and Equity

How we can all support equity and diversity in the sustainability field

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we all have a role in our workplace cultures and policies. And we have the power to change them.

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.

Tactical urbanism, anti-poverty research, community outreach, and more: Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative winter 2017 roster

The Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (SNI) continues its work in 2017, including two high-impact Featured Projects initiated last fall. The first project is in east Portland’s Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods, where PSU students in several courses are working with public agencies and community-based organizations to better understand floodplain related burdens faced by residents living in Johnson Creek’s 100-year floodplain.

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.

VIDEO | Fighting Climate Change with Global Action and Poetry: Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner live at PSU

World-renowned climate activist and poet Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner gave a keynote address Oct. 13 at Portland State University on climate issues that connect Oregonians and Pacific Islanders, illustrating how climate change affects us all and demonstrating the power of combining art and activism to inspire action from leaders around the globe. Watch the full talk here.

Trees & Health: Growing the Solution

What effects can trees have on human health? On Sept. 28, Portland State University hosted an event to explore this question. Trees & Health: Growing the Solution was the first installment in a series developed in partnership with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Friends of Trees, Metro, and Forest Park Conservancy to share developments from our homegrown programs and discuss the ways in which nature can improve well-being and address many of the health challenges we face.

VIDEO: Van Jones | Environmental Justice for All

On October 28, CNN commentator Van Jones gave a keynote talk Portland State University’s Stott Center on issues of social justice, the green economy, and the environment as part of PSU’s Social Sustainability Month and Portland State of Mind. Watch the full talk here.

Van Jones brings his brand of environmental justice to Portland State

Van Jones will be speaking at Portland State University on Oct. 28 as part of  Portland State of Mind and a kick off to Social Sustainability Month. 

Get your free tickets here to see Van Jones speak at Portland State on Oct. 28.

VIDEO: The Gender Gap Year

With the help of PSU Impact Entrepreneurs’ Social Innovation Incubator, two high school teachers set out to confront gender inequities in the modern workplace by empowering young women with the skills and knowledge to translate their success in the classroom to leadership positions in the real world.

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