PSU’s Sustainability Dashboard is Here!

After several months of hard work, the Campus Sustainability Office is thrilled to share its new interactive Sustainability Dashboard. Use the arrows to enter full screen – from there, you can examine utility data by time period, building, and more. The dashboard was created by PSU student...

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Nature for All campaign

Dear partners and friends, As many of you know, The Intertwine Alliance Board of Directors has endorsed the Metro Parks and Nature measure. Supported by the Nature for All campaign, this region-wide Metro bond seeks to renew funding that ensures birds, fish, friends and neighbors alike have access...

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Empowering Changemakers in the Pacific Islands

There is perhaps no issue more pressing for Pacific Island nations than climate change. Rising sea levels, warming oceans, and depleted fishing resources put the future of these island nations in jeopardy. It is projected that island nations like the Marshall Islands could be underwater by the end...

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Recycler of the Year Award

At the Association of Oregon Recyclers Conference, in Bend, Trash for Peace’s Founder and Executive Director and GPSEN Board Member, Laura Kutner Tokarski, received the individual Recycler of Year award. It’s so amazing to see her work recognized by the recycling community....

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Empowering a Green Future

During this Spring term 2019 at Portland Community College, I have been taking a class focused on environmental sociology. As part of the curriculum, our instructor Dr. Kim Smith – founder of GPSEN – invited the class to participate in the Northwest Earth Institute’s...

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Serving Coffee and Community: Nossa Familia

Sitting at a cafe, have you ever noticed the large number of straws, to-go cups, and plastic utensils that steadily flow from the counter to the trash can? In a culture of convenience and disposable goods, it can be easy to pass off this waste as trivial. However, these little pieces of waste add...

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ReBuilding Center, Rebuilding Communities

Have you ever contemplated whether demolishing an old building was the only way to remove it? Do you have a door knob you’d like to replace, but you’d rather not throw it away? A local non-profit will happily tell you that the old building isn’t garbage and that door knob can surely find another...

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PCC’s Eco Social Justice Grant 10-year Anniversary

It is the 10-year anniversary of the Eco Social Justice Grant (formerly the TGIF) at Portland Community College!   To celebrate the work and commitment to sustainability a short video was produced to highlight the amazing work that has been done by many at PCC and funded by students.  Over $1...

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Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics Pledge

The Surfrider Foundation is focusing on plastic pollution awareness this May.  Consider signing Surfrider’s Rise Above Plastics pledge. Scientists estimate that by 2050 the weight of PLASTIC in the ocean will be equal to the weight of ALL THE FISH in the sea. But there is something YOU can...

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Green Empowerment Annual Report 2018

Green Empowerment has a rich history of making progress, despite conflict and achieving excellence, despite hardship. Last year was a challenging one for our organization, but we found a way to fulfill our commitments to communities and supporters like you, who fuel our efforts. We dedicate our...

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Meet 350PDX’s new ED

The long wait is finally over … 350PDX is very happy and excited to announce the hiring of Jessica Beckett as our new Executive Director!  Jessica Beckett is an organizer of people and a champion for justice. Born in Denver and raised on the glorious Hood Canal in Washington, her formative...

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