Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.12
Liaison Jenny McNamara
Submission Date Feb. 21, 2014
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Portland State University
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Heather Spalding
Sustainability Leadership and Outreach Coordinator
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

PSU has a year-long, interdisciplinary, first-year experience course called Freshman Inquiry. Sustainability is currently 1 of 8 themes that Freshmen can choose among to fulfill this portion of their general education requirement. Sustainability is also a learning outcome for all undergraduate students.

In 2008, PSU received a $25 million challenge grant, the largest gift ever given to the university. The administration chose to put that funding toward sustainability research and education. This is a good example of how integrated sustainability is to the university. Commitment has been shown from the top all the way to the grassroots.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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