PSU sustainability program picks projects to change the world
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Some 50 Portland State University students are looking to change the world through 13 sustainability projects.
The Solutions Generator program, which offers Portland State University students the heady option of changing the world, selected its projects for 2012 this week, investing $75,000 in 13 ideas to make Portland a more sustainable community.
A program of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at PSU, Solutions Generator is in its third year.
Approximately 50 PSU students will be involved in this year's projects which range from a feasibility study for a universal transit pass to the development of an exhibit hall for sustainable materials.
Solutions Generator projects use the campus and its surrounding neighborhoods as testing ground for sustainability-oriented programs.
The 2012 projects include:
- Developing a north-bound dedicated bike lane on S.W. 12th Avenue.
- A project to broaden dialog about social sustainability and intersection of sustainability and race.
- A short film about Portland's water cycle and its impact on the regional ecosystem.
- Scaling up an experimental system that uses the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly to process food scraps and landscaping debris.
- The construction of a combination art piece and educational piece that will use mushrooms to filter waste water.
- A research project to study the use of a bioswale to handle agricultural runoff.
- Construction of a small-scale wetland to treat water use to wash the school's landscaping equipment.
- Establishment of an exhibition scale for emerging sustainable materials.
- Expansion of an educational garden program, the FRINQ Legacy Garden.
- Partner with the city of Portland to design and construct a community garden in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood in outer Southeast Portland.
- Bringing farm workers to the Smith Memorial Student Union Food court to educate students about the origins of their food.
- Development of the PSU Community Orchard plant at Southwst 12th Avenue and Southwest Montgomery Street.
- Work with TriMet to develop a universal transit pass for students designed to increase transit use.
For more information about the projects, visit the Solutions Generator website.
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