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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.

Faculty convene for workshop on PSU sustainability programs

Last Wednesday, the Institute for Sustainable Solutions held a half-day workshop to introduce PSU faculty to the Institute’s Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative (SNI), Living Lab program, and

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.

Winona LaDuke, live from Portland State

On October 22, activist, environmentalist, and two-time vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke delivered the keynote address for Campus Sustainability Day to approximately 1,000 people at Portland State University's Stott Center. Her talk, titled "Grassroots Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change," can be viewed below.

How talking about race can help combat climate change

Antwi Akom has many great stories to tell. Infuriating stories. Sad stories. Stories that force you to question what you think you know about other people’s realities, and your own. In 2005, Akom was falsely arrested for going into his own faculty office at San Francisco State University to get books to prepare for his class the next day.

Speaking of inequity, a sustainability essential

Social justice is a difficult subject. It can be uncomfortable to talk about, even to think about. Regardless of who you are, or how compassionate, open, and caring, chances are you have some form of bias ingrained in you—from your upbringing, from pop culture, from media, education, personal experiences. Many people don’t like to acknowledge that these biases exist, which is one reason they can be uncomfortable to confront and discuss. But ignoring the issue is an even bigger problem.

VIDEO: Smart food choices

Many of us think about our food choices in terms of how they impact our personal health, which is significant. But our food choices also greatly impact the environment and the people that grow our food. The good news is this: many farms, fisher people, and food businesses are increasingly using methods to grow and produce food that limit environmental impacts, support the health and well-being of consumers and producers, and pay fair wages to workers.

Food Systems Event Series: Strengthening Community, Building Capacity

It’s difficult to dispute that there’s a connection between healthy food and healthy people. Groups of policy makers and organizational leaders, faith based communities and neighborhood coalitions are all recognizing this relationship, and developing strategies for envisioning and creating healthier, more equitable communities. Join us this April and May for a four-session series of events that explore the connection between food, health, and community.

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