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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!

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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!

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

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Calendar

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Events

Free Screening of "My Garden of a Thousand Bees"

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Panther Pantry Fall 2021 Hours

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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!

Cascade Learning Garden Open Volunteer Hours
  • PCC Cascade, Learning Garden
  • Thursdays, 10am – 12pm (Spring Term, April 4th – June 10th)

All gardening experience levels are welcome to join us for fun planting and harvesting projects. Please stop by for any amount of time and learn how you can become involved. Gardening tools, gloves, and guidance provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and be prepared for any weather. For more information, please contact Jolie Donohue at jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Open Volunteer Hours
  • PCC Rock Creek, Learning Garden
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am – 2pm (Spring Term, April 4th – June 10th)

Thanks for your interest in the Learning Garden! All gardening experience levels are welcome to join us for fun planting and harvesting projects. Please stop by for any amount of time and learn how you can become involved. Gardening tools, gloves, and guidance provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and be prepared for any weather. For more information, please contact Miriam Latzer at miriam.latzer@pcc.edu or go to the Rock Creek Learning Garden’s Get Involved page.

Southeast Learning Garden Open Volunteer Hours
  • PCC Southeast, Learning Garden
  • Mondays, 10am – 12pm (Spring Term, April 4th – June 10th)

All gardening experience levels are welcome to join us for fun planting and harvesting projects. Please stop by for any amount of time and learn how you can become involved. Gardening tools, gloves, and guidance provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and be prepared for any weather. For more information, please contact Jolie Donohue at jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Learning Garden Open Volunteer Hours
  • PCC Sylvania, Learning Garden
  • Mondays, 1pm – 4pm and Wednesdays, 9-11am (Spring Term, April 4th – June 10th)

Take a break from classrooms and books and get your hands dirty! Join us in the Learning Garden (across from parking lots 13 and 14). Come for a few minutes or the whole time. Gloves and tools are provided. For more information, contact Catherine Horwitz at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

GivePulse

Explore community engagement opportunities, track your hours, connect with community partners, and share your impact through PCC’s GivePulse site.

Whether you are taking a course with a community-based learning assignment/project or just looking to get involved, GivePulse is your one-stop shop for connecting with community here at PCC! Just a couple of the benefits of using GivePulse include becoming a part of a movement or cause that you care about and creating a community engagement transcript (for your own reporting purposes).

Check out these upcoming sustainability opportunities through GivePulse!

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.

Fill out this application for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Upcoming credit classes

The following classes in the Summer 2022 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. Please note that not all positions may be available at this time.

Sustainability Department
Strategic Energy Management (SEM) Associate

Position Description

Portland Community College is looking for a qualified person to join our SEM Leadership Team to reduce energy use and increase our employee engagement activities. The associate will support the college’s Strategic Energy Management program and energy team by monitoring and tracking energy use, identifying energy efficiency opportunities and developing employee awareness and engagement strategies.

This person should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment and will finish the associate position having gained broad experience in various aspects of energy efficiency, project coordination and sustainability. Currently our work is in transition, mainly being remote but we hope to be back on campus in the summer or fall of 2022. We are requesting a year commitment for the position.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the college’s energy and utility management system to monitor and track energy use college-wide to benchmark buildings enrolled in the SEM program and support energy management at PCC.
  • Analyze electrical and natural gas utility data for SEM building energy modeling.
  • Work closely with Energy Trust of Oregon Energy Coach to review graphs of energy usage monthly and identify areas of energy inefficiency.
  • Participate in audits or building “treasure hunts” with our FMS team and Energy Coach to identify energy efficiency opportunities when needed.
  • Review building automation systems equipment trends for efficiency opportunities.
  • Interview and document standard operating procedures with FMS staff for equipment and HVAC systems and develop written requirements based on energy efficiency best practices.
  • Work with the maintenance department to track and update tasks in the Annual Energy Plan.
  • Oversee tasks in the US Department of Energy 50001 Ready certification process.
  • Create and deliver employee awareness campaigns; including the creation of signage, marketing materials, informational emails, games and competitions.
  • Assist with the preparation and delivery of education and training materials.
  • Research and identify areas in the organization where energy awareness is low and develop strategies for engagement.
  • Develop reporting mechanisms for various stakeholders to understand SEM efforts.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to employees and staff regarding the SEM program.
  • Attend energy team meetings on campus or virtual; including taking notes, tracking the completion of action items and the development of agenda items.
  • Review the organization’s current purchasing practices, procedures or policies and identify areas to insert energy efficiency requirements.
  • Participate in committees as assigned such as Scope 1 & 2, Electric Vehicle working group, staff meetings, etc.
  • Assist with event planning such as Earth week or EcoChallenge.

Qualifications

  • Interest in working in an energy-related field
  • Experience with engaging individuals, communities, and teams
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Familiar with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google Docs and Google Sheets
  • Experience with virtual platforms: Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and Zoom
  • Experience and comfortable with working from home
  • Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Ability to work well with others across disciplines and with different viewpoints
  • Comfortable taking initiative and working on projects in a self-directed manner
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Data entry experience
  • Minimum one-year commitment

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Monthly SEM operations and organizational calls with the Energy Coaches and the Energy Team
  • Attend 2 hr. SEM workshops covering continuous improvement best practices and engagement strategies
  • Learn about energy monitoring tracking systems and variables affecting energy in the commercial sector
  • Become familiar with statistical regression modeling
  • Present accomplishments and findings at the end of the year to SEM Team and Energy Coach
  • Network with industry professionals and develop a support base for additional learning and career opportunities
  • Potential to work with Atrius Building Insights and Energy Star Portfolio Manager
  • Participate in implementing aspects of the PCC 2021 Climate Action Plan
  • Participate in professional conferences related to sustainability and energy

Key Benefits

  • Paid internship-starting wage $16/hour
  • Flexible work schedule 15-30 hours/week
  • Opportunity to gain valuable experience working in higher education
  • Great professional development opportunity with Energy Trust of Oregon SEM workshops and a close working relationship with professional energy coaches
  • Work with a team of fun and dynamic people that includes sustainability and facility maintenance staff
  • Multi-disciplinary energy management approach allows career exploration across a broad spectrum of energy-related fields
  • Learn and gain hands-on experience from experts in HVAC systems, Controls Systems, lighting, and electric vehicle infrastructure.
  • Opportunity to learn new energy-related software programs

To apply, email your resume, 1page cover letter and three professional references to elaine.cole16@pcc.edu. For best consideration apply by Monday, May 16th, 12:00pm 2022 (open until filled).

*We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and we are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s welcome. We would strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Social Media and Marketing Assistant
  • Work Schedule: Flexible
  • Hours/Week: 5-11
  • Wage: $14/hr for work-study, non-paid professional internship also available

The PCC Sustainability Department is seeking a student for professional part-time work to join our fun and dynamic team. This position will help to publicize, inform and educate about sustainability-related events, projects and ongoing programs. This position may be virtual or on campus.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Express professional interest in graphic design, art or social media communications
  • Proficiency with Google Suite, Twitter and Instagram
  • Flexibility between office and various work spaces on campus or work from home
  • Ability to work independently on projects with deadlines
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PCC’s sustainability practices
  • A basic understanding of sustainability and social justice
  • Proficiency with Canva, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and WordPress (website)
  • Familiarity with Tiktok
  • Team player with a can do attitude
  • Detail-oriented
  • Open to feedback
  • Likes to think outside the box
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent

Position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Designing and revising educational materials, signage and training
  • Posting new content on social media platforms 
  • Graphic design for layout of flyers, website images, conference and PowerPoint presentations
  • Creation and distribution of flyers for Sustainability events on campus
  • Taking photos and videos, and creating graphics for flyers, conferences or information tables
  • Assisting in marketing materials for annual events such as Rock Creek’s annual Harvest Fest (October), Earth Week (April) and Pollinator Week (June)
  • Helping with events and activities related to the PCC Sustainability Department
  • Other office and administrative duties as needed
  • Committing and upholding the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through programming and professional development.

Work Study Details: $14/hour, ~119 hours allotted per quarter, can work no more than 8 hours/day and 34 hours/week.

Application Details: We are flexible and will work with you to create a work schedule that meets your learning goals and our departmental needs. Email a cover letter, resume (1-2 pages) and professional references (2-3 references) to sustainability@pcc.edu

Panther Works job ID # 9195.  Want more student jobs?  See the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

Sustainable Practices Assistant
  • Work schedule: Flexible
  • Hours/week: 5-11
  • Wage: $14/hr for work-study, non-paid professional internship also available

The PCC Sustainability Department is looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and organized student to join our team to advance the college’s sustainability practices. This position will assist with new and current sustainability programs and initiatives, as well as provide administrative support to the team.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Google Suite
  • Flexibility between office and various work spaces on campus or work from home
  • Ability to work independently on projects with deadlines
  • Strong work ethic
  • Dependable

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with PCC’s sustainability practices
  • A basic understanding of sustainability and social justice
  • Passionate about sustainability or related fields
  • 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 deadlines
  • Comfortable using social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram)
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent

Position duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with the coordination and promotion of existing sustainability programs, such as Green Team, Green Office Certification Program, durable dishware/OZZI machine, recycling and composting
  • Contributing to our social media platforms (Twitter,  Instagram)
  • Conducting online research for potential new initiatives that will contribute to the achievement of college-wide sustainability goals
  • Assisting with development and implementation of new sustainability programs and initiatives
  • Conducting sustainability assessments and gathering data for activities, such as waste audits and energy conservation projects
  • Supporting events and programs related to sustainability such as Earth Week, EcoChallenge, Pollinator Week and Inservice
  • Coordinating promotional activities and tabling during college events
  • Developing educational materials for staff and students and coordinate outreach campaigns
  • Performing general administrative tasks, including note taking, writing document summaries, sending emails and returning phone calls
  • Committing and upholding the college’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through programming and professional development

Work Study Details: $14/hour, ~119 hours allotted per quarter, can work no more than 8 hours/day and 34 hours/week.

Application Details: We are flexible and will work with you to create a work schedule that meets your learning goals and our departmental needs. Email a cover letter, resume (1-2 pages) and professional references (2-3 references) to sustainability@pcc.edu

Panther Works job ID #9196.  Want more student jobs?  See the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

Student Life & Leadership
Resource Centers 2022-2023 Student Leader Positions

Make college more than a classroom! Get paid while you engage, represent, and advocate with your peers at Portland Community College (PCC). The Identity-Based Equity Centers offer a multitude of job opportunities for one academic year. Learn and develop leadership skills, explore your vocation, make a difference, and have fun while working and completing classes at Portland Community College. Student leaders work as representatives of the college and promote a safe, equitable, inclusive campus to support student success. 

The Resource Centers offer positions that will provide you with experience and education designed to prepare you for entering the workforce with a social justice framework centered around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The following centers are hiring for academic year 2022-2023 through one shared application:

  • Dreamers Resource Center (DRC)
  • Multicultural Centers (MC)
  • Queer Resource Centers (QRC)
  • Women’s Resource Centers (WRC)

These positions are designed to work with your student schedule and pay $14.75 per hour. Hours per week vary per center/program (~10-16 hours). 

For best consideration: Apply by Tuesday, May 31st (application will remain open until positions are filled). Apply at: bit.ly/leadpcc22.

Questions? Contact us at:

  • luz.villarroel15@pcc.edu (Dreamers Resource Center)
  • culture@pcc.edu (Multicultural Centers)
  • qrc@pcc.edu (Queer Resource Centers)
  • wrc@pcc.edu (Women’s Resource Centers)
Panther Pantry (Food Pantry) Service Representatives

Student Life & Leadership is hiring work study positions for the Panther Pantry (Food Pantry). Support the operation of the Panther Pantry (food pantry) operations at the individual campus locations of Portland Community College.

The position will:

– Track and maintain the inventory in the pantry.
– Work in the Panther Pantry 10-15 hours a week (It will fluctuate).
– Establish and maintain consistent and regular work hours.
– Attend all mandatory training.
– Other duties and tasks that enhance the student’s college experience as directed by leadership.

Start Date – As soon as possible
Pay Rate – $14/hr
Posting # 7005
Apply using this link.

Cascade Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistants (On-Campus and Remote Work)

The PCC learning gardens are a beautiful and fun environment to work in. We are hiring learning garden assistants for on-campus work in both the Cascade and Southeast Learning Gardens. We are hiring for remote positions coordinating social media and outreach. And we can create a hybrid schedule of on-campus and remote work.

The learning garden assistant will work directly with the learning garden coordinator on a variety of year-round gardening projects. Work in the garden may include raised bed and in-ground preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, tool and supply maintenance. The learning garden assistant will help implement equity, inclusion, and sustainability efforts in the garden. BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full list of job duties and qualifications can be found here

Must be taking 6 credits/quarter and be approved for federal work study. Please confirm your eligibility for work study before applying. Work study positions pay $14/hour. Please email your cover letter and resume to jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Learning Garden
Rock Creek Learning Garden Assistant (In-Person Work Study Position)

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, irrigation maintenance. The Learning Garden Assistant will eventually have the opportunity to interact with volunteers and students in the garden and demonstrate best practices. This is an in-person work study position.

Job duties: Assisting with growing food and maintaining the garden.

Work Schedule: Flexible

*This is a paid position for Work Study students. Please verify your eligibility with Panther Works here before applying. Pay rate is $14.00/hr.

Directions on how to apply:

  1. Check out our website, here for more info on the RC Learning Garden.
  2. Email a letter of interest with attached resume to miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.
Southeast Learning Garden
Learning Garden Assistants (On-Campus and Remote Work)

The PCC learning gardens are a beautiful and fun environment to work in. We are hiring learning garden assistants for on-campus work in both the Cascade and Southeast Learning Gardens. We are hiring for remote positions coordinating social media and outreach. And we can create a hybrid schedule of on-campus and remote work.

The learning garden assistant will work directly with the learning garden coordinator on a variety of year-round gardening projects. Work in the garden may include raised bed and in-ground preparation, planting, weeding, watering, harvesting, tool and supply maintenance. The learning garden assistant will help implement equity, inclusion, and sustainability efforts in the garden. BIPOC and LGBTQAI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

A full list of job duties and qualifications can be found here

Must be taking 6 credits/quarter and be approved for federal work study. Please confirm your eligibility for work study before applying. Work study positions pay $14/hour. Please email your cover letter and resume to jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

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.

We looking for team members who have skills, experience or wants to further develop in outreach, people skills, organization, and planning. This position is typically a work-study position and can be applied to through the work study page.

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

Sylvania Learning Garden Assistant

Join us in the Sylvania Learning Garden, an oasis of beautiful plants, creatures, and veggies located next to the track. The Learning Garden Assistant will work directly with the Learning Garden Coordinator and the AmeriCorps Food Systems Outreach Coordinator on a variety of
garden projects. During the winter 2022 term, the Learning Garden assistant will be a hybrid of remote work and time in the learning garden.

The LG Assistant is expected to interact with volunteers, students, and staff in the garden as well as the greater community that visits our garden. The Learning Garden Assistant will help implement sustainability, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the garden. The LG Assistant will also be encouraged to find inspiration in the garden and come up with creative independent
projects.

Qualifications:

● Be approved for Federal Work Study and available to work 5-10 hours per week
● Work outside year-round in a variety of weather conditions
● Ability to dig, bend, kneel and lift heavy objects up to 50 pounds
● Experience and/or interest in gardening, food growing, and outdoor work
● Basic understanding of and interest in waste reduction
● A passion for sustainability, food justice, and food sovereignty
● Committed to applying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the learning garden
● 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
● Reliably arrive on time and work majority of scheduled shifts
Job duties (in person) may include:
● General garden upkeep including in-ground and raised bed preparation, seeding, planting, weeding, harvesting and delivery of food to Panther Pantry
● Maintain a safe working environment at all times
● Maintenance of garden tools
● Irrigation maintenance
● Distribution of flyers for learning garden events on campus
● Assistance with educational and community events in the Learning Garden, including volunteer work parties and class projects
● Learning garden ambassador at campus and district work team and committee meetings

Job Duties (remote) may include:

● Attend and assist with weekly virtual learning garden meetings
● Create fliers for email distribution
● Assist with weekly ECenter newsletter
● Create educational handouts, brochures, and videos about gardening, edible crops, cooking, and nutrition
● Meet weekly with learning garden coordinator and AmeriCorps member
● Help outreach, coordinate, plan, facilitate, and evaluate virtual events with student groups, clubs, and resource centers

This is a work study position and students must be eligible for federal work study and taking 6 credits/quarter. The position is 10 hours/week and we are flexible in helping you create a work schedule that meets your education goals and our work needs. Pay is $14.00/hour

To apply, email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and outlining any related experience. You can also include a resume and 2 references if you have them. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the winter term. Please email your inquiry and questions to Peter Ritson, Sylvania Environmental Center Coordinator, peter.ritson@pcc.edu.

Clubs

Bee Campus USA Committee

Are you passionate about pollinators?  Are you interested in increasing pollinator habitat on our campuses? The PCC Bee Campus USA Committee is seeking new members.  Your commitment would be to participate in meetings 3-4 times/year, serve as an advisor and help educate the PCC community about the importance of pollinators and their habitat, our campus apiary, beekeeping classes, and our fundraising efforts (honey sales).  If you are interested in joining, please email Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu.

Tree Campus Higher Education Committee

You have the opportunity to join forces with us to protect and promote trees, enhancing the natural environment in and around all of our campuses and centers
at PCC. The PCC Tree Campus Higher Education Committee welcomes students, faculty, staff and community members to help with this important college-wide effort.

We work together to:

  • Establish policies and guidelines for planting, maintaining, and removing trees
  • Ensure that adequate funding and staff time is provided in support of the program
  • Organize activities in observance of National Arbor Day
  • Create opportunities for students to participate in tree-related service learning projects
  • Educate the community about the important ecosystem benefits that trees provide

For more information or to join the committee, contact tree-campus-group@pcc.edu.

Cascade Green Team

Are you a student at Cascade and interested in getting involved in sustainability initiatives on campus? Join students, faculty, and staff in the Cascade Green Team! We like to find ways to advance sustainability at our campus through educational events and action projects. Some projects that we have worked on recently include efforts to reduce plastic bottle consumption on campus, supporting the learning garden and contributing to Earth Week activities. We always welcome new folks and ideas! If you are interested in learning more about the club or attending a meeting, contact Taryn Oakley at taryn.oakley@pcc.edu.

Southeast Food Justice Club
We are here to organize around personally-relevant issues of food justice, challenge systemic inequity, recreate and reclaim healthy community food-ways, increase access to food-growing knowledge within the community , and build awareness among students of the many resources on and off campus that relate to these issues. 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 Davida Jordan at davida.jordan@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 Catherine Horwitz at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

Sylvania Garden Virtual Hangouts

Get a glimpse of what’s happening in the Sylvania Learning Garden, bring your gardening questions, share your garden skills and ideas with other PCC gardeners of all levels of experience. All are welcome! For more information, contact Catherine Horwitz at catherine.horwitz@pcc.edu.

Organic Garden Club

The purpose of the LAWNS club (Land Air Water Nutrients Space) is to make gardening accessible to all PCC students, staff and faculty and open the door to promote transformation of LAWNS into biodiverse environments that engage all plants and gardeners by bringing access to affordable, sustainable gardening and an awareness to food sovereignty.  To get involved, contact Peter Ritson at peter.ritson@pcc.edu.

Habitat Restoration Team at Sylvania

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 Ann Fong at afong@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Food Justice Club

Our main goal for this club is to bring awareness to food insecurity in college students and campuses. We want to do outreach to educate others on what the Food Justice Movement means and how they can help. As students and as human beings we have the right to fight for our right to have quality, healthy food for every meal.

Our main goals are:

  • Collaborate with local non-profits
  • Collaborate with resource centers that are stationed on the Rock Creek campus
  • Do service projects on and off campus
  • Create one event on campus to do outreach and promote resources that college students can use

To get involved, contact Kathryn Lopez at kathryn.lopez@pcc.edu.

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 information email Miriam Latzer at miriam.latzer@pcc.edu.

Rock Creek Green Team

Comprised of staff, students and faculty, this group of dedicated people are the champions of sustainability at the Rock Creek campus. Functionally serving as an advisory committee to the Sustainability Office, this group has strategic influence on department level sustainable practices, information dissemination and Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP), as well as serving as contacts for campus-wide initiatives and education.  It is this group of sustainability promoters that keep us going! We always welcome interested folks!  We usually meet once per quarter over lunch. The Green Team always has something going on. Please contact Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu to learn more.

Sustainability Club

This is an organization of students from Portland Community College who believe that a collect effort can make a difference for a better world. Our mission is to build awareness about the issues of environmental degradation and environmental social justice, and to help the community adopt a sustainable lifestyle in their own lives and on campus. We have community outreach projects, volunteer opportunities, and outdoors activities.

Our current goals are:

  • To educate PCC community about the sustainable practices through presentations, exhibitions, events, and talks.
  • To build awareness about the pollution caused by single-use plastics.

Please contact Elaine Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu with questions or concerns!

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

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!

Southeast Cycle Center

At PCC Southeast, the Student Life and Leadership Program provides alternative modes of transportation through the Southeast Cycle Center. Students and staff can rent a bike or bike locker on a term-by-term basis.

Bike Rentals cost $15 per-term. Students need to meet with an academic advisor to complete an academic plan. Once the application is completed and approved, students will meet with the Bike Coordinator and receive a bike, helmet, lights, and U-Lock. Participants must return the bike by the end of the term that they rented the bike. Students who do not return the bike and/or lose the bike will have a $400 hold placed on their student accounts.

Bike Lockers cost is free. Students and staff can turn in an application on a first come, first serve basis to utilize the lockers. 

Students can access our Cycle Center, by appointment only, to get free maintenance done on their personal bike!

Applications for Bike Rental and Bike lockers can be found on our Southeast Cycle Center page in PantherHub.

Student can also find this information here: https://hub.pcc.edu/organization/southeastcyclecenter

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 Cole at elaine.cole16@pcc.edu.

Climate Research Guides

An updated climate change research guide is now live on the PCC Library website. This updated guide has a tab highlighting the PCC Climate Action Plan, which is also profiled on the Actions and Solutions tab. One of the best ways to support students experiencing eco-anxiety and climate grief is to help them connect with a community doing meaningful climate justice work.

Also, there are two more guides in production focused on integrating climate change into classroom curriculum: Teaching Climate Change in the Community College and Climate Change Curriculum. Would you be able to contribute some PCC-specific content to help complete these additional guides?

Specifically, the guides would benefit from:
  • assignments and curriculum related to climate change created by PCC instructors
  • PCC instructors and staff willing to advise or support colleagues wanting to add a climate component to their courses

Please reach out to Roberta Richards at rrichard@pcc.edu if you have assignments to share or are willing to be listed as a support person.

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 100, Mt. Tabor Hall); and Sylvania (Room 221, College Center).

OPEN: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (10:00am-3:00pm)

Schedule subject to change. Visit food pantry website for current updates.

Produce Subscription for Students

The learning gardens are in the process of starting a pilot program to distribute Learning Garden produce that will be a weekly or bi-weekly subscription FREE of cost to our students.

If you are interested in registering for a subscription service, please email jolie.donohue@pcc.edu.

FIERCe

This resource center was created by PCC students for PCC students to combat food insecurity and hunger. It is loaded with tools and resources within PCC and around Portland, Oregon to educate and destigmatize food insecurity. Check out the site here.

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

The Menstrual Project

Cascade Women’s Resource Center is providing more FREE reusable menstrual products through the Eco Social Justice Grant to help students and PCC reduce their waste and lower the amount of money used on menstrual products.

Go to our Instagram @cascadewrc or to find more information on the products!

You can directly request products any time via The Menstrual Project. Fill out this form to request products!

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!

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

Take the Sustainable Choices Pledge.

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