Student Sustainability Hub

We’re all in this together

Explore sustainability, build community, and strengthen your skills with the Student Sustainability Hub. Our programs are designed for students who want to create positive change on campus and beyond. Choose your own adventure and thrive!

You belong! Join a club and to get in on sustainable actions across the district. Learn more about the Habitat Team, Cascade Environmental Justice Club, and more.

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Keep up with all the sustainability related events at PCC by adding our calendar to yours!

Students at farm stand

Learn about PCC’s Sustainability Focus Award or find green classes like HE264 Health, Food, and the Environment for the upcoming term.

learning garden in the spring

Come work with us! There are plenty of works study and part time jobs that involve sustainability at PCC!

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Get outside and help our Learning Gardens thrive or help restore important wildlife habitat!

Person pulling english ivy in a forested area.

Learn more about sustainability related events around PCC under the Events tab below.

President Mitsui on panel at Climate Summit

Featured Campaign: Ban the Sale of Single Use Plastics!

Students are leading a campaign to ban the sale of single use plastics! Each campus has tabling sessions, film screenings and petition signings focused on cutting out plastic pollution at PCC. Learn more about the steps you and PCC can take, sign the PCC Plastic Bottle Ban petition and enter into a drawing for a 4Ocean recycled ocean plastic bracelet!

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Calendar

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Events

Portlandia FarmStandia is back!
  • Rock Creek Campus (patio outside Building 5)
  • Every Tuesday 11:30am-3:00pm

You can find us every Tuesday, except for campus closures.  Will we have seedlings? YES!

Seed to Supper
  • Southeast Campus
  • Thursdays 6:00pm-8:00pm (July 13 – August 17)

Seed to Supper is a free 6-week beginning gardening course that gives adult gardeners the tools they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget. Participants will be given a free gardening book, seeds, plant starts, trowels, a certificate of completion and more.

Preregistration is required as space is limited. Priority is given to adults living on a low-income ($1950 a month or less). Reserve your spot by getting in contact with Jen Lein, Learning Garden Educator at PCC SE. Email at selearninggarden@pcc.edu or call at (971) 722-6418.

Volunteer

Looking to join the team of students, staff, and faculty who are dedicated to creating sustainable solutions? Opportunities for volunteering on sustainability projects at PCC pop up regularly, so check here for regular updates!

Sylvania Learning Garden Work Parties
  • PCC Sylvania, Learning Garden
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10am-12 noon

Take a break from classrooms and books and get your hands dirty! Join us in the Learning Garden (across from parking lot 14). Come for a few minutes or the whole time. Meet great people, find purpose in growing food for yourself and for others. Learn, share, teach. We will provide gloves, tools, and tasty snacks. Volunteers get to take home a portion of the day’s harvest! If you are interested in starting up the Organic Gardening Club, contact Venus at venus.barnes@pcc.edu.

Megan, Stella and Madi are working on planting our Learning Garden’s new terraced garden. It is full of natives, eatables, and fruit trees. Our goal is to provide food for wildlife and people as well as habitat enhancement. If you are interested in working with them on this or some other cool projects (Stella is working on “painting” moss on the cement blocks). Contact megan.porter15@pcc.edu. They will be down there regularly on Monday’s from 11am to noon.

Volunteer for Veggies at Rock Creek
  • Rock Creek, Learning Garden
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-1pm

The Rock Creek Learning Garden has volunteer sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9am-1pm. Earn $5 credit per hour to buy fresh produce at Portlandia Farmstandia. More information is available at the Learning Garden’s Get Involved page.

Volunteer for Veggies at Newberg Center
  • Newberg Center, Learning Garden
  • Winter hours TBD

The Newberg Center Learning Garden would love for you to come and volunteer! Come for a half hour or longer. Meet great people, learn about growing food, pollinators, and what makes the learning garden special. We’ll provide gloves, tools, and snacks. Volunteers get to take home a portion of the day’s harvest! Contact Corrie at corrie.larson@pcc.edu for more info.

Classes

Sustainability Focus Award

The Sustainability Focus award recognizes students who have completed a broad range of sustainability-related courses. The award is designed to encourage students to learn to see environmental issues from multiple perspectives and to increase their experience in this multi-disciplinary topic. The earning of this focus award can demonstrate to potential employers and transfer colleges that the student has a deep and broad understanding of sustainability issues.

Upcoming credit classes

The following classes in the Summer 2019 term include sustainability as a component of their curricula:

Jobs

We frequently have work-study positions available at the campus and district-level. Please see the PCC Work Study page for available positions or email sustainability@pcc.edu.

ASPCC Cascade
Director of Eco-Social Justice – 20 hours per week

Responsibilities include:

  • Work on food justice initiatives:
  • Ensure that PCC’s Sustainability Policy is followed on the Cascade campus
  • Serve as a member of the District Student Council and provide updates with Identity Center Focus
  • Build relationships with Campus Identity Centers and plan programming intrinsically tied to their values and goals
  • Sit on Campus Green Team
  • Work with learning garden coordinator
  • Collaborate with other campus Green Teams to implement any district wide initiatives
  • Work with the other ASPCC branches and the Programming Board to center eco-social justice conscious practices when planning activities
  • Serve as representative on PCC Sustainability Leadership Council
  • Serve as representative on Eco-Social Justice Coalition (formerly the District Student Sustainability Council)
  • Promote The Eco Social Justice Grant and serve on the allocation committee
  • Plan, implement and execute Eco-Social Justice Day activities
  • Plan, implement and execute Earth Day / Week events
  • Encourage Green practices on campus
  • Use PantherHUB to promote activities
  • Work as a member of the Cascade ASPCC Team:
  • Attend all mandatory leadership trainings
  • Attend the weekly General Council Meetings
  • Attend all Programming Board Meetings and create timely advertising
  • Other duties as assigned

Application deadline is Wednesday May 1 at 5pm. Complete and submit the online application. Contact Ashley Hansen at 971-722-5379 or by email at ashley.hansen@pcc.edu with questions.

Food Pantry Manager – 20 hours per week

Responsibilities include:

  • Work on food insecurity initiatives:
    • Focus on issues of hunger and food insecurity among college students by providing access to food resources through the food pantry and SNAP (or applicable) programs.
    • Experience working with a team and excellent organizational skills.
    • Manage the ASPCC Cascade Panther Pantry
    • Work with the work-study staff to maintain the Panther Pantry via scheduling, training, and follow-up meetings
    • Work in the Cascade Panther Pantry
    • Order and pick up food from the Oregon Food Bank regularly
    • Attend SNAP training via partnerships with Oregon Food Bank,
    • Partners for Hunger Free Oregon, DHS and other applicable agencies
    • Provide SNAP outreach and advocacy for students from the Pantry.
  • Work as a member of the Cascade ASPCC Team:
    • Collaborate with the ASPCC Team and campus student leadership programs to promote food resources
    • Connect with other campus ASPCC positions that work on issues connected to hunger specifically
    • Partner with Learning Garden Coordinator to collaborate on food insecurity resources
    • Attend weekly GCM and participate in all training activitiesComplete all mandatory reports.
  • Must be able to drive a vehicle and complete vehicle training program. Other duties as assigned.

Application deadline is Wednesday May 1 at 5pm. Complete and submit the online application. Contact Ashley Hansen at 971-722-5379 or by email at ashley.hansen@pcc.edu with questions.

ASPCC Rock Creek
Sustainability and Eco Justice Programs Specialist – 15 hours per week

Responsibilities include:

  • Deepening your understanding of sustainability
  • Implementing sustainable practices on campus

Position open until filled. Applications are available in the Student Leadership Office, Building 5, Room 115. Contact Nora Hernandez at nora.hernandez@pcc.edu or Mandy Ellertson at melletso@pcc.edu with questions.

ASPCC Southeast
Southeast Director of Sustainability – 20 hours per week

Salary: $12.50/hour

Summary: Provide leadership with an eco-social justice focus to Southeast Student Life and Leadership team and as a District Student Council member. Increase sustainability efforts on campus and across the district by participating on committees and working with the Sustainability Office. Recognize and promote the intersectionality of environmental social justice. Hold PCC accountable for eco-social justice policies.

Purpose:

  • Raise campus awareness of sustainability purpose and practice
  • Work district-wide to create and implement new sustainable processes

Responsibilities: Under the oversight of the Director of Student Life and Leadership Development, other Student Leadership Professional staff and Executive Team:

  • Ensure that PCC’s Sustainability Policy is followed on the Southeast campus
  • Engage with campus Identity Centers
  • Collaborate with learning garden team
  • Collaborate with other campuses regarding sustainability efforts
  • Encourage an eco-social justice lens in all Southeast Student Life and Leadership Development programs, events, and practices
  • Implement environmentally responsible practices
  • Promote The Eco-Social Justice Grant and serve on the Eco-Social Justice Committee
  • Use PantherHUB to promote activities
  • Create informational events and advertisements for sustainable practices

Plan, implement and execute:

  • Eco-Social Justice Day activities
  • Earth Day / Week events

Serve as a representative on:

  • PCC Sustainability Leadership Council
  • Campus Green Team
  • Eco-Social Justice Coalition
  • District Student Council (Every Friday)
  • Auxiliary Services (Operations Council if implemented)
  • Attend all mandatory leadership training
  • Attend the weekly General Council Meetings
  • Attend all Programming Board Meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Applications
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to learn many details about PCC
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent time management and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities at one time
  • Successful completion of at least two terms at PCC
  • Ability to travel off-site for various meetings and events
  • Ability to delegate time-sensitive tasks

Preferred skills:

  • Experience with sustainable practices
  • Prior customer service experience
  • Ability to resolve issues and adapt to a variety of situations
  • Leadership ability or potential
  • Public speaking
  • Provide guidance, constructive feedback, and support to the Programming Team.

Requirements:

  • Serve from June 2019 through June 2020
  • Attend all mandatory leadership activities pertaining to the Southeast Director of Student Programs
  • Successfully complete at least 6 PCC credits per term employed
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above each term
  • Must be in good academic and behavioral standing for the term prior to selection and during the entire period of employment
  • Work up to 20 hours per week in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms (Hours to be arranged/Some evening or weekend hours)
  • Sit on two PCC committees to represent our Southeast students at the campus and district level

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 11:59pm

Complete the online application, which includes:

  • Current resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Supplemental questions

If selected, individual interviews will be held the May 7 and 8. Group interview will be held May 9. If you are selected, please make time on those days to attend an interview. You can view our mandatory calendar which is linked in our application.

Southeast Student Ambassador

Salary: $12.50/hour

Summary: Assists in outreach, promotes Student Life and Leadership Development programs and events, and provides college information to students, community members and potential students. Run the Student Resource Hub and Southeast Panther Pantry. Work to enhance the mission of Southeast Student Life and Leadership Development programs and Portland Community College.

Purpose:

  • Provide a warm, friendly, inclusive and welcoming presence to students, community members and potential students
  • Provide peer to peer interaction to assist students navigating PCC from start to finish
  • Provide ambassadors with opportunities for personal and leadership growth

Job duties:

Under the oversight of the Director of Student Resources and Student Leadership Professional Staff, Ambassadors will:

  • Run the Student Resource Hub
    • Provide information and assist students, staff, faculty and community members
    • Assist the Director of Student Resources with Student Resource Hub Inventory
    • Maintain microwaves by cleaning regularly
    • Work with Food Services to wash mugs
    • Make sure mug board is well stocked
    • Sell concession items
    • Sell event tickets (when available)
  • Run the Southeast Panther Pantry
    • Assist students with the Food Pantry Applications
    • Assist students with Food Pantry shopping
    • Work with Oregon Food Bank and manage the food pantry
    • Provide Housing and Food Resources to students
    • Assist the Director of Student Resources with Panther Pantry Inventory
  • Participate in the Welcome Back Table each term
  • Monitor the bulletin boards and manage posting flyers
  • Promote the Student Life and Leadership programs and events by doing class raps, posting flyers on bulletin boards and tabling
  • Office work including filing, answering phone calls, database work, and collecting forms
  • Establish and maintain consistent and regular work hours
  • Attend all mandatory leadership activities pertaining to the Southeast Student Ambassador position
  • Other duties and tasks that enhance the student’s college experience as directed by leadership

Required skills:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Applications
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willingness to learn many details about PCC
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent time management and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally
  • Ability to work some evenings/Saturdays
  • Ability to handle high customer traffic
  • Successful completion of at least two terms at PCC
  • Public speaking skills

Preferred skills:

  • Prior customer service experience
  • Ability to travel off-site for activities and training
  • Ability to resolve issues and adapt to a variety of situations
  • Leadership ability or potential

Requirements:

  • Work Study Approved
  • Serve from June 2019 through June 2020
  • Attend all the mandatory training, meetings, and events
  • Successfully complete at least 6 PCC credits per term employed
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above each term
  • Must be in good academic and behavioral standing for the term prior to selection and during the entire period of employment
  • Work up to 10 hours per week in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms (Hours to be arranged/Some evening or weekend hours)
  • Successful completion of at least one term at PCC

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 11:59pm

Complete online application, which includes:

  • Current resume
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Supplemental questions

If selected, individual interviews will be held the May 7 and 8. Group interview will be held May 9. If you are selected, please make time on those days to attend an interview. You can view our mandatory calendar which is linked in our application.

ASPCC Sylvania
Director of Eco Social Justice – 20 hrs/wk

Position Purpose: To represent and serve students of Portland Community College Sylvania by championing Eco Social Justice initiatives at the campus and district level and engaging PCC students on these issues through events and programming.

Eligibility Requirements: Cumulative GPA of 2.5, planning to enroll for Fall term 2019 at the PCC with minimum of 6 credits, with at least 1 credit at Sylvania Campus. Must be in good academic standing and in good disciplinary standing with the Dean of Students office for the term prior to selection and during the entire period of employment. Commit to working entire 2019-20 academic year.

Upon Hire: Maintain a minimum of 6 credit hours per term (with at least 1 credit at Sylvania campus), meet standards of academic progress each term, as outlined by PCC, maintain good standing with the PCC Sylvania Dean of Development office. Must attend all mandatory trainings listed on application, employment contract and as assigned.

Must attend the following Mandatory Meetings:

  • General Council Meeting: Mondays 3-4pm
  • ASPCC Sylvania Staff Meeting: Mondays 4-5pm
  • ASPCC Sylvania Programming Board Meeting: Wednesdays 3-5pm
  • District Student Council: Every other Friday 9am-12 noon
  • Executive Council Meeting: TBA

Compensation: $12.50 per hour
Hours per week: 20
Number of positions: 1

Principle Accountabilities and Essential Functions:

  1. Represent the student body for Sylvania
  2. Serve as a member of the ASPCC-SY Executive Council
  3. Lead and coordinate Sustainability and Eco Social Justice programs at Campus and District level.
  4. Advocate for students on Sustainability initiatives
  5. Serve as a member of the PCC District Student Council.
  6. Participate on ASPCC Sylvania Student Leadership team.
Food Pantry Coordinator – 12 hrs/wk (2 positions)

Position Purpose: To serve, represent and advocate for the students of Portland Community College Sylvania. Coordinate the daily operation, inventory, promotion and delivery of service for the ASPCC Sylvania Panther Pantry.

Eligibility Requirements: Cumulative GPA of 2.5, planning to enroll for Fall term 2019 at the PCC with minimum of 6 credits, with at least 1 credit at Sylvania Campus. Must be in good academic standing and in good disciplinary standing with the Dean of Students office for the term prior to selection during the entire period of employment. Commit to working entire 2019-20 academic year.

Upon Hire: Maintain a minimum of 6 credit hours per term (with at least 1 credit at Sylvania campus), meet standards of academic progress each term, as outlined by PCC, maintain good standing with the PCC Sylvania Dean of Development office. Must attend all mandatory trainings listed on application, employment contract and as assigned.

Must attend the following Mandatory Meetings:

  • General Council Meeting: Mondays 3-4pm
  • ASPCC Sylvania Staff Meeting: Mondays 4-5pm

Compensation: $12.50 per hour
Hours per week: 12
Number of positions: 2

Principle Accountabilities and Essential Functions:

  1. Manage administrative and operational duties of the ASPCC Sylvania Panther Pantry.
  2. Maintain effective working relationship with Panther Pantry Partners.
  3. Be an active member of ASPCC Sylvania Student Leadership team.
District Sustainability Department
Sustainability Work Study Assistant

Assist the Sustainability Manager with a variety of tasks and projects to advance the college’s sustainability efforts. Potential tasks and projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating waste audits and recycling education
  • Conducting research on sustainability best practices
  • Data entry
  • Promoting sustainability awareness & outreach
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainability and social justice
  • Dedication to promoting sustainable practices
  • Competency in Microsoft Office Suite & Adobe Suites
  • Skills in research, critical thinking, project management, and data entry
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Projects can be varied to align with student’s knowledge and experience.

Position open until filled. Must be work study approved through financial aid. Please contact briar.schoon@pcc.edu with any questions, and to apply for the position after accepting your work study award.

Sylvania Environmental Center
Outreach Coordinator

As our Outreach Coordinator, you would:

Help with E-Center communications:

  • Update the our sustainability outreach materials
  • Creatively design new signage
  • Work on our Newsletter around events and education

Help with sustainability projects:

  • Plan events including Upcycling and Earth Week
  • Talk with fellow students at tabling events
  • Help with sustainability activities, like learning garden work parties
  • Help with composting and recycling programs

Keep up and organize the Environmental Center office.

Contact Peter Ritson, Environmental Center Coordinator, peter.ritson@pcc.edu for more details.

We looking for team members who have skills, experience or wants to further develop in, outreach, people skills, organization, and planning. Contact Peter Ritson, Environmental Center Coordinator, peter.ritson@pcc.edu for more details.

Rock Creek Sustainability Office
Environmental Educator
  • Work schedule: flexible
  • Hours per week: 5-11
  • Wage/salary: $11.25 per hour for Work-Study

Portland Community College’s Rock Creek Sustainability Office is looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and organized student to join our team to advance the college’s sustainability practices. Under direction of the campus Sustainability Coordinator, the Sustainable Practices Educator will assist with new and current sustainability practices and initiatives as well as provide administrative support to the team.

Some duties may include:

  • Assist with the coordination and promotion of existing sustainability programs, such as the Green Office program and PowerShift.
  • Contribute to our sustainability online presence, including website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Conduct research on potential new initiatives and opportunities that will contribute to the achievement of college-wide sustainability goals.
  • Assist with the implementation of new sustainability programs/initiatives and develop sustainability resources.
  • Conduct sustainability assessments and gather data for activities such as waste audits and energy conservation projects.
  • Support events and programs related to sustainability, such as Earth Week, Eco Challenge, Pollinator Week and Harvest Fest
  • Coordinate promotional activities and tabling during college events.
  • Develop educational materials for staff and students and coordinate outreach campaigns.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, including: note taking, writing document summaries, sending emails and returning phone calls.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about sustainability or a related fields.
  • A basic understanding of sustainability and social justice.
  • Skills in data collection, critical thinking, project management, and data entry are a bonus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to effectively organize and meet established deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Comfortable using social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Application details: Please email a resume, cover letter and two professional references to elaine.cole16@pcc.edu. If you have any questions, please call 971-722-7635.

Online application

Rock Creek Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistant (Job ID: 30197)

The Learning Garden Assistant will mainly work in PCC Rock Creek’s 3.64 acre Learning Garden, a pesticide and herbicide-free food growing space. Work in the garden may include raised bed preparation, planting, weeding, tool maintenance, irrigation maintenance, and weekly harvest for sale at Portlandia FarmStandia. The Learning Garden Assistant will also have the opportunity to interact with volunteers and students in the garden and demonstrate best practices.

Harvest and Farm Stand Associate (Job ID: 33522)

The Harvest and Farm Stand Associate will work with the Learning Garden team to prepare for and run Portlandia FarmStandia each Tuesday (~6-8 hours per Tuesday, April-October). This work will include harvesting, washing and packing crops in the garden and hoop house prior to sale, assisting with set-up and take-down of the farm stand, and providing support during farm stand hours by helping with transactions, engaging with customers and promoting Learning Garden services and events. Gain insight into running a small business and assist with marketing, outreach, customer service and donation of surplus produce to our community partners. This is a great opportunity for students interested in health, agriculture, or business, or for individuals who simply want to be involved in their community and develop their professional skill set.

Education Assistant (Job ID: 35574)

Get to know the learning garden at the PCC Rock Creek Campus by participating in seeding, field preparation, planting, weeding, and harvest. Share your knowledge with other students by providing garden orientation on campus, tabling at events, and partnering in a position of leadership with the Learning Garden Club.

All positions require Work-study eligibility and offer $12 per hour. To apply, please send resume and cover letter to the Learning Garden Coordinator at miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.

Clubs

District Student Sustainability Council

Care about Sustainability? Want to take ACTION on campus? Join the District Student Sustainability Council (DSSC)! The DSSC was created over the fall n’ winter terms of 2018-2019. This has become an exciting development for students of PCC as it is the beginning of a stronger relationship between students, staff, and faculty at all levels of the college. Going forward the DSSC will have student leaders from all campuses collaborating with and attending the quarterly district wide Sustainability Leadership Council (SLC) meetings. For more information please contact Em Jones at emily.jones14@pcc.edu

Cascade Environmental Justice Club

Our club members are advocates of environmental and social justice and champion equity and inclusiveness for all our fellow students, this is the way we see true sustainability happening on our campus and in this world. Supporting each other is a big step towards being able to support our place in the bigger systems of this BIG planet! A part of our new focus is finding the intersectionality between student clubs, organizations, and resource centers to cross promote sustainability awareness and collaborative efforts to build more resilient community on our campuses. The club has transformed from the Environmental Sustainability Club to the Environmental Justice Club to broaden it’s scope and to become even more of an action oriented club. We have volunteer opportunities, community outreach projects, and grant writing opportunities to fund green initiatives that will be implemented around Cascade Campus and/or district wide. Join the club on the Panther Hub and if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hello, you can contact Allison Rose at allisonrose@pcc.edu

Sylvania Food Justice Club

The Sylvania Food Justice Club/Cohort is comprised of food justice champions from multiple Identity Based Equity Centers (IBEC) including the Queer Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Women’s Resource Center, and Veterans Resource Center. Collectively, the cohort organizes advocacy and education around food insecurity and how to help students in need. Our mission is to tackle the root cause that continues to perpetuate the same outcome. We stand by three fundamental strategies that can address systemic hunger by, teaching, connecting and advocating. This includes policies, practices, and norms here at PCC. At PCC Sylvania, we draw strength from all who support us on campus and in our community. We hope people across the city and state will see our efforts in taking the lead in addressing hunger here in Oregon. All are welcome. If you are interested in being a part of this cohort, email venus.barnes@pcc.edu.

Southeast Learning Garden Club – Food Justice

Inspired by students passionate about gardening and breaking down barriers to food security, we have created the Southeast campus’s first Food Justice Club. The club is open to all PCC students and is dedicated to building awareness and resources to empower fellow students. For more details, please contact selearninggarden@pcc.edu.

Southeast Green Team

Are you a student at Southeast and interested in getting involved in sustainability initiatives on campus? Join students, faculty, and staff in the Southeast Green Team! We are in the process of developing a learning garden that will be a comprehensive outdoor learning space for our students to learn, our faculty to teach in, and our Southeast Campus to enjoy. This will provide opportunities for students to work outside of the standard classroom and to connect sustainability and gardening with learning and everyday life. We promote a number of other green initiatives, like the Bike Rental Program and annual Earth Week events. If you are interested in learning more about the club or attending a meeting, contact Nicole Seery at nicole.seery@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Garden Club

The purpose of the club is to learn more about organic gardening, share gardening knowledge, plan events for the Learning Garden, and attend field trips and guest speaker events. There is still time to join. If you’re interested, email venus.barnes@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Environmental Club

This club meets on Mondays at 11am in AM 101. If you’re interested, email madisen.lattanzi@pcc.edu.

Habitat Restoration Team at Sylvania
  • PCC Sylvania, HT 320 (room is on the north side of the building)
  • Fridays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Would you like leadership and environmental field experiences? Come join the team! We don’t usually meet for two hours but sometimes we write grants, show movies, do a walkabout, or have a mini-work party. The Habitat Restoration Team, working with the Sylvania Grounds crew, PCC students and staff, and community members, works to remove invasive species, plant NW native plants, and help stabilize creek beds. To get involved, contact April Fong.

Food Recovery at Rock Creek

This club works to prevent campus food waste by recovering and donating unsold, unconsumed food while promoting sustainability and giving back to our community. If you are interested in learning more, contact Stephanie Saunders at stephanie.saunders1@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Garden Club

Get involved with the garden and learn more about organic gardening, composting, and greenhouse production. Help host work parties and events in the Learning Garden. Now’s the time to get growing! For more info email: miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.

The Panther PAC (Progressive Action Club)

Bi-weekly meetings starting Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30pm-7:30 pm in HT 205. The PAC wants to affect political action around the environment and social justice. While the problems in our community and our world can be heavy, you can join us to find hope and energy! We are a group of intelligent, informed, and passionate PCC students looking to make a difference.

Thinking of starting a club?

First contact the district sustainability department, who can connect you with people and resources that you will need to know. Who knows – maybe there’s already a club that exists, waiting for someone like you to step into a leadership role!

Resources

Rock Creek Garden Community Plots

Calling all gardeners! Interested in caring for a plot in the community beds at the Rock Creek Campus Learning Garden? Sign-ups begin soon. For more information, contact Elaine.

Eco Social Justice Grant

Eco Social Justice GrantIssues of environmental degradation, inequality, and economic disparity impact us all. Here at PCC we value our students, staff, and faculty and their commitment to sustainability as well as their advocacy and efforts towards creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive spaces across the district.

We are supporting and fostering a culture of collaborative, innovative problem solving using environmental sustainability and social justice initiatives to accomplish these goals. From our learning gardens, water bottle fill stations, our great bike programs and farm stand, to our annual #EcoSocialJusticeEvent, we have been working together to address our community’s most pressing ecological and social challenges with fresh ideas. We also feel that it is important to both celebrate and give thanks and acknowledgement to the amount of time, money, and effort that students have put towards making Portland Community College a nationally and globally recognized higher education institution and leader in the sustainability movement.

In 2008 the Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) District Student Council approved a ten cent addition to the student activity fee, creating The Green Initiative Fund. At the beginning of 2018, the ASPCC District Student Council unanimously agreed to change the name of this fund to the Eco Social Justice Grant (ESJG), this name change better reflects the broader scope of what these grants have been and will be dedicated to. This fund exists so that students, staff, and faculty can participate in our culture of innovation and contribute meaningful advances to sustainable practices. At PCC, our goal is to achieve sustainable excellence in all operations, to live our commitment to social justice, and to meet our targeted greenhouse gas reductions as detailed in the Climate Action Plan. If you have an idea for a project that moves PCC towards these outcomes, we want to hear from you!

Learn more and apply for the Eco Social Justice Grant!

Want to learn how to be more sustainable on the day-to-day?

Take the Sustainable Choices Pledge.

GPSEN College Network of Environmentalists

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Stay in the loop of networking events in Portland, discuss goals and ideas for the future, and more!

Panther Pantries

We know that keeping students fed is imperative to equitable student success, that diverting food waste lowers PCC’s carbon impact, and that projects like the Learning Garden and Food Forests build community resilience to the impacts of Climate Change.

Panther Pantries are on all four comprehensive campuses and provide food for students in need: Cascade (Second Floor, Student Union Building); Rock Creek (Room 113, Building 5); Southeast (Room 105, Mt. Tabor Hall); and Sylvania (Room 102, College Center).

Find more resources for students on PCC’s Student Life page.

Social & News

Sustainability Focus Award online poster

Sustainability Focus Award online poster