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The SoMa EcoDistrict is partnering with multiple coffee shops in the district to offer a special Earth Day discount for guests who bring in their own coffee mug during the week of April 22nd. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness of the tremendous amount of waste from the use of disposable coffee cups every day and to encourage new habits.
Participating retailers will offer a 50¢ discount on drink purchases (an increase from their typical 10¢ discount!) from April 22 through the 26.
Northwest Earth Institute Launches New Discussion Course: Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability
The Northwest Earth Institute is pleased to announce the launch of its newest discussion course Hungry for Change: Food, Ethics and Sustainability. This six-session food systems course is perfect for those who know that our eating choices are important, but want to delve deeper into the intricacies of our food system. From climate change to the rights of Florida tomato farmers to the global geopolitics of food, Hungry for Change examines how the availability of food and its production, distribution and consumption are the workings of a deeply complex system tha
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2011 -- The USDA Forest service recently awarded $726,000 to organizations in New York, Texas and Illinois for projects advancing understanding of the relationships betwen the urban forest, climate change and public health.
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, established to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the national urban and community forestry program, made recommendations for these awards. The awards were matched by recipients to total almost $1.9 million.
Results will be used in design of Oregon Sustainability Center
Published: Friday, May 27, 2011
Updated: Friday, May 27, 2011 01:05
It is commonly stated that various elements of pollution in our modern societies are cancerous – or cancer causing agents. Indeed, toxic chemical release is a matter of public concern in large part due to chemical disasters such as the disaster in Bhopal, India in 1984. The realization that there is a problem has not been absent, but rather we seem to suffer from a crisis of action. We cannot overcome the ever present reality of toxic chemicals in our environment, no matter how much we are disconcerted by that reality.
Pilot program receives recognition for two years of working toward sustainability
By Joshua Hunt
Published: Friday, May 6, 2011
Portland State recognized the efforts of the Green Team with a coffee hour held in Smith Memorial Student Union's browsing room on Monday. PSU President Wim Wiewel praised the Green Team's aim to promote sustainability in various departments on campus.
"Having local teams in each department is the way to get things done at this point," Wiewel said. "Eventually, we will ask ourselves when we should take this program to a larger scale."
The PSU Green Team is comprised of faculty members from various departments, who promote sustainability, recycling and other eco-conscious ideals to fellow faculty.
More than 30 people attended the meeting, mostly Green Team members.