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Portland, OR, April 23, 2005 — Portland State University student group Project Sustain Urth and local non-profit City Repair Project strengthen Portland States commitment to sustainability.
Project Sustain Urth and consultants have envisioned, designed and will build an ecologically sustainable place on campus to facilitate interdepartmental dialogue in the process towards ecolectively addressing interspecial equity, forest regeneration, ecological development policy and carbon dioxide reduction methodology.
Located in the crossroads of Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union and the South Park Blocks, the project will begin during the City Repair's Village Building Convergence (VBC), held May 20-29. The project will continue throughout the summer term.
To meet Project Sustain Urth's goal, Portland State University's students will work with local natural builders to create a cob oven, a dialogue dome, earthen benches, a permaculture herb garden, and vermiculture.
Project Sustain Urth was proposed in part by PSU Conflict Resolution graduate student Heidi Moore as a catylst through which to facilitate sustainability research and negotiate future student initiated eco.projects which catlyzeefforts to overt ecological collapse through choosing to live closer to the earth.
Her goal is to illustrate the resolution of conflict that humanity is having with other species in order to recover and restore earth-health.
“It is inspiring as a student to have the opportunity to negotiate a sustainability project on the PSU campus. There is a passionate dedication amongst fellow students, professors and administration, as well as many people and organizations of the City of Portland, who yearn very much, to help lead the way, in shifting closer toward the actualization of sustainable living practices; not just for the sake of humanity, but for all of Earths inhabitants,” says Moore.
Project Sustain Urth is the culmination of efforts from a number of Portland-based groups. The City of Portland Office of Sustainable Development and Portland State University are actively involved with the process, as well as The Food for Thought Café, a student run café at Portland State University.
Portland State University Capstone class, “Community Place Making with the City Repair Project” is also actively organizing and will work alongside other volunteers during the convergence.
For more information on Project Sustain Urth and its contributors, please contact Heidi Moore or Ryan Matson of the City Repair Project via the Contact Form.