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!

Person building cob oven

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

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

President Mitsui on panel at Climate Summit

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Calendar

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Events

Willow Work Party in the Sylvania Learning Garden

Hey everyone! We are having a Willow Work Party next Tuesday, 2/20/18 from 10:30am-12:30pm in the Learning Garden. We would love for anyone to stop by and help out. The willow kiosk has been a work in progress since spring 2016. The goal is to prune the willow branches so later we can shape the canopy in to an arch way. Spring seems to be just around the corner and the willow will start to grow again; pruning now will ensure that energy is not wasted on growing branches we don’t need. Hope to see you in the garden! If you have any question feel free to contact Sara

  • Sylvania Campus, Learning Garden
  • Tuesday February 20th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Earth Week at Sylvania Planning
  • Sylvania Campus
  • Ongoing

Last year PCC Sylvania had the biggest Earth Week in the district and we plan on doing it again this year! From recycling challenges, to “Meatless Mondays” and terrarium building, we had numerous engaging activities and a wonderful turnout. We want 2018 to be bigger and better! Next week, students and faculty will meet to discuss our plans for the coming Earth Week. If you have any ideas you would like to share feel free to send dylan.gregory@pcc.edu an email

Fermentation Demonstration

Participate in a fermentation demonstration and learn more about its health benefits! The demonstration will be guided by a student from HE 251 – Community and Public Health Class. For more information please contact Carolina.

  • Rock Creek Campus, B5 241
  • Friday March 2nd, 10:00 am – 11:30
International Women’s Day 2018: Environmental Justice with a Global Gender Lens
  • Thursday, March 8th, 2018
  • Rock Creek, Noon – 1:30pm in the Events Center, lunch provided
  • Southeast, 3 – 4:30pm in the Community Hall, refreshments provided

Celebrate International Women’s Day and Eco Social Justice! Climate change, an overwhelming topic to many people and most people want to figure out how an individual can make a difference can seem hopeless. Our featured guest speaker – Maria Rita D’Orsogna – will inspire!   Dr. D’Orsogna took on big oil in her home region of Abruzzo, Italy and successfully stopped the installation of oil refineries on the coastal region. Big oil planned to take out olive plants and grape vineyards and replace it with a toxic refinery that would harm the sea life as well as endanger people’s health. This strong woman faced extreme sexism, political corruption, and big money to win a victory.

Participate in Lunch & Learn
  • PCC Rock Creek

Interested in food preservation? Wanna make jam, freezer pickles, and dry herbs with friends? Get a group together and contact Elaine.

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
  • Wednesdays noon – 2:00 pm

Take a break from classrooms and books and get your hands dirty! Join us in the Learning Garden (across from parking lot 14). This Fall we will need help keeping the garden weeded, harvested, and replanted. 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.

Volunteer for Veggies
  • Rock Creek, Learning Garden
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Rock Creek Learning Garden has volunteer sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Earn $5 credit per hour to buy fresh produce at Portlandia Farmstandia. More information is available at the Learning Garden’s Get Involved page.

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.

Featured credit class

BA278 Eco-Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship

Are you interested in social entrepreneurship? Want to get connected to this thriving sector or build a successful business that positively impacts community and the planet? Register for one of the newest online business courses: BA 278 Eco-Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship. Fee e-textbook. Email business instructor Heidi Sickert with questions.

Featured non-credit classes

Moonrose Doherty, PCC Newberg Center Learning Garden Coordinator will be teaching three organic gardening and naturescaping community education classes at PCC Newberg Center in February and March.

Organic Gardening: Basics for Beginners

Are you excited to grow your own food, but have minimal experience? Learn how to plan your garden for Spring, grow your own veggies from seed, what heirlooms are, and what open-pollination is. Get the scoop on soil mixes, heat, light, and moisture needs, hardening off, transplanting, what to plant and when, plus seed ordering considerations. You’ll learn organic gardening foundations including soil fertility, site preparation, crop selection, non-toxic cultivation methods, and planning and care techniques.

Crop Rotation, Companion Planting, and Pollinators in the Vegetable Garden

Want more experience in growing your own food and optimizing the health of your garden? Learn how to grow organic vegetables from seed, how soil mixes, heat, light, moisture, and hardening off play their part.  Find out how organic gardening foundations such as crop rotation, companion planting, pollinator plants, non-toxic cultivation methods, soil fertility, and specialized planning and care techniques work together to grow amazing fruits and vegetables. Crop rotation is more than rotating vegetable families and companion planting goes way beyond marigolds and tomatoes! Did you know that Sweet Alyssum flowers are in the same family as cabbage and help with aphids? Explore how your garden can become healthy, highly functioning, and good for pollinators and beneficial insects (think native stingless bees and ladybugs).

Naturescaping and The Native Plant Garden

Would you like to incorporate Pacific Northwest native plants into your garden or plan and design a garden with native plants? Start a design in this class. Get to know common native plants in the area, their desired growing conditions, habits, and uses.  We’ll cover native groundcovers, shrubs, and trees, the practice of “naturescaping” (designing or re-designing a landscape with native plants to reduce water use, decrease stormwater runoff, provide pollinator habitat, and beautify!), and the pollinators of native plants.

In this hands-on class you will learn how to identify native plants, successful planting tips that will help them thrive, how they grow in their native habitat and how they fit into your garden or garden plan, whether a wet, dry, shaded, or sunny spot is best, and whether they’re evergreen, deciduous, small, or large, and what benefits they add to the landscape. Understand how native plants naturally tolerate drought conditions, attract native birds, butterflies and pollinators, and prevent pollution through natural pest resistance. You will learn about the edible, medicinal, or physical uses of native plants, regional ethnobotany, and the class will visit a nearby naturescaped project to see design principles in action.

To register, you will need to apply for admission to PCC and select “non-credit – CEU/CED” for application type.

Upcoming credit classes

The following classes in the Winter 2018 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 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 rylie.wolff@pcc.edu or nora.hernandez@pcc.edu with questions.

Newberg Center Learning Garden Assistant Coordinator

Position Summary:

PCC Newberg Center is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our team in a temporary part-time capacity, and play a crucial role in the further development of the Center’s learning garden. Under direction of the Newberg Center Director and the Learning Garden Coordinator, the Assistant Coordinator will play a leadership role in cob natural building work and completing construction of the garden’s cob shed. The Learning Garden Assistant Coordinator will also be responsible for recruiting and guiding volunteers, assisting in leading and coordinating volunteer work parties, and interacting with faculty and staff to further activities, programs, and events for the Newberg Center Learning Garden.

Essential Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Lead and/or Co-lead  volunteer work events.
  • Organize and coordinate events aimed at completion of the learning garden cob shed.
  • Complete day-to-day Learning Garden activities such as digging, planting, weeding, and harvesting.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers and work parties.
  • Design and create outreach materials to market and publicize Learning Garden events and initiatives.
  • Work with faculty and staff to integrate the garden into classroom activities, programs, and events at Newberg.
  • Maintain necessary paperwork and adhere to all college policies & procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Strong interest in volunteer coordination.
  • Excellent organizational skills, both in the office and outside.
  • Experience with social media platforms.
  • Computer skills and competency with Excel, Word, and Google Drive.
  • Ability to serve independently and collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability and willingness to communicate in a positive, professional manner with a wide range of stakeholders, including students, staff, and college organizations.
  • Ability to serve in all types of weather, ability to dig, kneel, and lift up to 50 pounds.
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
  • 18 years of age or older, at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.  
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Volunteer coordination experience.
  • Cob or natural building experience (training available).
  • An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Background in sustainability, food systems, environmental studies or related field.
  • Coordination of events and/or large groups.
  • Construction experience.
  • Marketing and promotion expertise.
  • Experience working in a school or college environment.

Position Details:

  • The pay rate is $12.00/hr.
  • This position works  8 to 10 hours per week, up to a maximum of 200 hours.  
  • The position is from April 1 through September 22, 2018.
  • Hours may vary and some Saturdays may be required.

TO APPLY:

Please send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest and qualifications for the position to Lynn Montoya Quinn at lmontoya@pcc.edu.  

Application materials due by 5pm on Monday, March 12th, 2018.

District Sustainability Department
District Sustainability Assistant

Portland Community College Sustainability is looking for a passionate, energetic and organized individual to join our team in a part-time, temporary capacity to advance the college’s sustainability efforts. Under direction of the District Sustainability Manager, the Sustainability Assistant will assist with college-wide sustainability projects and initiatives and provide administrative support.

Typical Functions (to include, but not limited to):

  • Perform general administrative tasks, including: note taking, writing document summaries, sending emails and returning phone calls.
  • Assist with the coordination and promotion of existing sustainability programs, such as coordinating the Green Office program, etc.
  • Manage the Sustainability online presence, including the website and social media.
  • 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 including waste audits and other methods.
  • Support events and programs related to sustainability, such as Earth Week, Eco Challenge and Campus Sustainability Month.
  • Coordinate promotional activities and tabling during college events.
  • Develop educational materials for staff and students and coordinate outreach campaigns.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications:

  • Experience working in sustainability or a related field (extended coursework may be substituted).
  • A solid understanding of and passion for sustainability and social justice.
  • Skills in research, critical thinking, project management, and data entry.
  • 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.
  • S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • Competency in Adobe Suites.
  • Web design skills.

Pay Rate: $16/hour

This is a casual position and does not have permanent funding.

Hours per Week: 20-30 (about three days per week). Hours will vary and some evening/weekend work may be required. We are looking for someone comfortable with part-time work that can commit to one year in the position.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a cover letter briefly explaining your interest and qualifications for the position to briar.schoon@pcc.edu by EOD Wednesday, 1/31/18. The position is open with a hopeful start date in February.

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.

Sustainability Outreach Work Study Assistant

Help coordinate between stakeholders in PCC’s sustainability efforts to keep public informed of news and achievements.

  • Attend meetings and take minutes
  • Compile reports and write news stories
  • Post information on PCC’s website
  • Update PCC Sustainability blog

Desired Qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainability
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Able to work independently and with a team
  • Experience in a professional work environment
  • Familiarity with WordPress

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.

Garden Coordinator

As our Garden Coordinator, you would help with:

  • garden planning
  • volunteer coordination
  • planting/harvesting
  • garden outreach
  • other projects

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
Sustainable Practices Educator

Work Schedule: flexible

Hours per Week: 5-11

Wage/Salary: $11.25/hr 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 Address: http://www.pcc.edu/about/sustainability/rock-creek/

Rock Creek Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistant (2 openings)

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. The Learning Garden Assistant will also help implement measures to reduce, reuse and recycle materials on campus.

Job duties may include:

  • General garden upkeep including field and raised bed preparation, seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting and delivery of food to on-campus market
  • Compost collection, processing, and education, include supporting the function of our onsite vermicompost (worm composting) bin and Insinkerator
  • Flower bouquet making
  • Maintenance of garden tools
  • Irrigation upkeep
  • Help with weekly farm stand set-up and/or take-down
  • Possible design and building projects as needed
  • Distribution of flyers for sustainable events on campus
  • Interact with volunteers and students in the garden
  • Assistance with educational and community events in the Learning Garden, including class projects, earthen oven baking events, Rock Creek’s annual Earth Week (April) and Harvest Fest (October), and more

Qualifications:

  • Ability to dig, bend, kneel and lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds
  • Experience and/or interest in food growing and outdoor work
  • Basic understanding of and interest in waste reduction
  • Self-motivated and self-directed individual
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and problem solve as issues arise
  • Ability to work well with others in a group setting
  • Interest in being a part of a dynamic, fun and hardworking team is a must

Federal work-study details:

  • Must be taking 6 credits/quarter
  • $9.75/hour
  • ~119 hours allotted per quarter, can work no more than 8 hours/day and 34 hours/week
  • We are flexible and will help you to create a work schedule that meets your learning goals and our work needs

To apply, please send a single Word or PDF document that includes a cover letter, 1-2 page resume, and three professional references to Elaine Cole, Sustainability Coordinator.

PCC Rock Creek Farm Stand Intern (unpaid)

The Farm Stand Intern will work with the Learning Garden team to prepare for and run Portlandia FarmStandia each Tuesday (~8 hours/Tuesday, April-October).  The intern will gain insight into running a small business and may assist with marketing, outreach, customer service and donation of surplus produce to our community partners. This is a great opportunity for students interested in subjects such as health, agriculture, or business, or for individuals who simply want to be involved in their community and develop their professional skill set.

Volunteer intern duties may include:

  • Harvesting produce
  • Providing general garden support on Tuesday mornings
  • Weighing, washing, and packing produce for sale
  • Cleaning up harvest materials
  • Transporting produce from the garden to our farm stand site at Building 5 via trike, bike, or foot
  • Helping with set­up and take­down of farm stand displays
  • Assisting during farm stand hours by re­stocking the displays as we sell, interacting professionally and positively with customers, and cashiering
  • Working with the Learning Garden team to organize food donations for community partners
  • Promoting Learning Garden services and events

Qualifications:

  • Interest in community outreach and marketing
  • Interest in gardening, sustainability, health and nutritious food
  • Willingness to work hard and learn about all aspects of running a farm stand, or anything else applicable to work with the Learning Garden and Portlandia FarmStandia
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and lift 50 lbs
  • Food Safety awareness or training

Compensation:

  • This is an unpaid position (unless you have Federal Work Study), but the intern will receive training, as well as free produce. Our Volunteer Rewards program offers $5 of credit toward our farm stand for each hour worked.
  • Resume building experience that may lead to your future job!

To apply:
Send an email with resume and cover letter to Nora Lindsey, Learning Garden Coordinator.

Clubs

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 OrgSync and if you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hello, you can contact Joe Culhane at joe.culhane@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.

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.

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.

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 is excited to be in the garden!

Club meetings will be held every other Tuesday from 2-4pm (2/13 and 2/27) at the Learning Garden red shed – rain or shine! While the learning garden club will incorporate useful info about recycling and waste reduction, our main focus will be on compost; what compost is and how it works. We’ll be taking fun field trips to local compost facilities and gardens and we’ll use the knowledge we gain to further our composting efforts in the Rock Creek Learning Garden!

Compost is decomposed organic matter. Composting is a natural process of recycling organic matter such as plant debris, food waste, coffee grounds, leaves into a rich soil amendment. All compost generated by our system is produced from campus-based materials and reintroduced into the Learning Garden to support high quality fruit and vegetable production without the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemicals. With the help of club members we hope to move ever closer to achieving a closed loop system, transforming our waste into nourishment within our community. For more information please contact Kendra Borchert at kendra.borchert@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 gardners! 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.

District Student Council (DSC) Special Funds –

If you are a current PCC student, faculty, or staff who is working on a project that:

  • supports one or more of the District Student Council’s goals
  • promotes leadership development that makes a collective impact on students at large
  • promotes sustainability in a collaborative culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • builds capacity of the project team and fosters collaboration between campuses and partners in the project

Then you can apply for funds through the District Student Council. A total of $12,000 is available with a minimum request of $500. The deadline is Feb 19th, 2018. Grants will be announced March 5, 2018. Funds must be spent by June 2, 2018. Information packets are available for review at all ASPCC offices. Applications are to be submitted through the Panther Hub at hub.pcc.edu/the-district-student-council. To apply, you must log in with your PCC email, see “Forms” and click on “District Student Council Special Funds.” For assistance, contact kien.truong2@pcc.edu.

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

Have an idea for a sustainability project on campus? The District Student Council’s Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) offers funding for student projects that improve campus sustainability and reduce PCC’s environmental impacts. Check out the TGIF page for details on how the program works, some examples of past and current projects, and to fill out an application.

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

Take the Sustainable Choices Pledge.

GPSEN College Network of Environmentalists

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.

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