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Global & Planetary Health Course

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health now offers a Global & Planetary Health Course

This course introduces students to the emerging field of Planetary Health, with focus on issues affecting the Global South and Indigenous Populations. The course is structured around the concept of Planetary Boundaries and will consider both the impacts of humans on Earth system processes and the subsequent threats to human health and well-being.  Practical examples and contemporary research projects will be introduced in the form of case studies and student projects.

Planetary Boundaries as initially described in the 2009 publication “A safe operating space for humanity” by Rockström and co-authors : Climate Change, Novel Entities, Stratospheric Ozone Depletion, Atmospheric Aerosol Loading, Ocean Acidification, Biochemical Flows, Freshwater Use, Land system change, Biosphere Integrity.

For inquiries and more information please e-mail: [email protected]

GPSEN Sustainability Symposium Call for Proposals by Jan 6

With a focus on collaboration, diversity, innovative problem-solving, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we want to highlight cutting-edge sustainability projects or research happening in our community.  We are pleased to also recognize that March 8 coincides with International Women’s Day, so we will be emphasizing the power of gender equality.  

The Call-for-Proposals is open until this Sunday, January 6, so don’t delay.  Contribute to “Building Bridges to Sustainability” by suggesting speakers, workshops, posters, and art exhibits.  

If you know of cutting-edge sustainability initiatives, projects or research that you think would benefit our greater Portland community, be sure to help spread the word and get a proposal in soon.  

Plus, don’t miss out on a chance to be a Sponsor for the Symposium.  If you would like to host an exhibit or table, details are available on our website.

Can US cities help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?


Despite a crisis of confidence at the national level, a significant majority of Americans still believe in the ability of their local governments to deliver. This is good news, because U.S. cities are increasingly responsible for taking on local challenges with global implications, such as pollution, violence, climate change, and economic opportunity and security.

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