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The latest news, events, and conversations about sustainability at PCC.

Garden Gossip: Winter Bounty, Berries, and Bees, Oh My Garden Gossip: Winter Bounty, Berries, and Bees, Oh My
Check out the Garden Gossip Newsletter from December 8th to learn about upcoming Learning Garden projects (hoop house growing, bees, hydroponics, berries, grapes, a farm stand, and a welcome kiosk); one of our rockin gardeners; and a great course for students interested in food, health, […] Posted December 19, 2014
Hands-on Sustainable Business Projects for credit Hands-on Sustainable Business Projects for credit
Are you interested in working on a hands-on sustainable business project during next term – Winter 2015? Choose from 2 different opportunities and gain real world experience while receiving 2 BA credits through PCC’s Cooperative Work Education program. (Learn more about Cooperative Education at PCC and […] Posted December 3, 2014
Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management Update Energy Trust of Oregon’s Strategic Energy Management Update
This year, the Rock Creek campus will be participating in the Energy Trust’s Strategic Energy Management initiative. The Strategic Energy Management program is a cohort-based energy management effort where participating organizations gain energy savings in building operations and occupant behavior. It focuses on both the technical and human aspects […] Posted December 2, 2014
AASHE Conference Update AASHE Conference Update
Portland Community College was a host institution for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference held in Portland this year, October 26-29. This conference is the largest gathering of sustainability higher education professionals and students, drawing over 2,100 registrants […] Posted December 2, 2014
Upcycling works! SY Environmental Center Up-Cycling Event
Want to create a unique gift? The Sylvania Ecenter will be hosting a booth where we will teach you how to create upcycled crafts that are sure to entertain and inspire this holiday season. Come to the Holiday Bazaar held in the SY Upper CC […] Posted November 19, 2014
Sustainability Film Screening, Nov. 18 Sustainability Film Screening, Nov. 18
Wisdom of the Elders will be screening their film on climate issues from the perspectives of Alaskan Natives and afterwards will host a discussion around indigenous practices and the impacts experienced from mounting environmental and climate issues. The event is free and will be held […] Posted November 17, 2014
STARS report cover STARS Annual Review
The STARS 2014 Annual Review highlights recent sustainability innovations and best practices from over 100 colleges and universities worldwide. The publication features 105 higher education institutions that earned a STARS rating this year, representing institutions in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Japan, the Netherlands, and […] Posted November 12, 2014
Rock Creek students work on Garden Rock Creek in the news
NW Colleges Showcase Innovations In Campus Sustainability Portland Community College students Andrea White (left), Xiaofeng Huang (right back) and Gaetan-Dauphin Nzowo (right) harvest spinach in the Rock Creek Learning Garden. The garden grows produce for the cafeteria. Kitchen scraps are returned as compost. View the full […] Posted November 12, 2014
EcoChallenge flyer Join the PCC EcoChallenge Team
Advance PCC’s commitment to sustainability. October 15-29: change your life for good! For two weeks, we challenge you to change one habit that benefits both you and the planet. It’s a win-win designed to inspire a lifetime of positive change. Join PCC’s EcoChallenge team View […] Posted October 2, 2014
Two people looking at electric cars Alternative energy car showcase
Come to PCC’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey, free and open to the public! 9 am to 2 pm. Friday, Oct. 17. Automotive & Metals Building, Sylvania Campus. The day, which is part of a national campaign, celebrates the use of alternative fuel vehicles that […] Posted September 30, 2014