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

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
TGIF application The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)
The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects which “green” our campus and reduce the college’s impact on the environment. TGIF allocates funds to projects that increase the amount of renewable energy used on campus, increase energy efficiency, and reduce the amount of waste […] Posted September 23, 2014
AASHE Conference AASHE Conference
AASHE Conference Scholarship The American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference is in Portland this year! A conference scholarship will cover the conference registration fee. To apply, submit the application by Wednesday, October 8. Posted August 20, 2014
View of Willow Creek’s 109 kWh roof-top photovolactic solar array. Bond commitment to sustainability in play at all campuses and centers
At PCC, sustainability isn’t just an ideal, it’s a commitment that extends to all the work being accomplished through the 2008 voter-approved bond program. As the college increases classroom space, updates equipment and technology, expands workforce training programs and remodels aging buildings, it maintains its […] Posted August 6, 2014
Garden Gossip, June 25 Garden Gossip, June 25
In this article: Community User Bed Update, Summer Volunteer Schedule, Donation List, Learning Garden Potlucks! Community User Bed Update: ​ Harvest your greens! By cutting back your lettuce 2 inches above the soil, you encourage tasty young leaves to grow and prolong the harvest season […] Posted June 25, 2014