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PNCA Hosts Earth Day of Action

Release date: 04/15/15


Becca Biggs
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PNCA Hosts Earth Day of Action
Student-organized, the day is the highlight of weeks of climate change programming

Portland, OR — April 14, 2015 – Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) hosts Earth Day of Action, April 22, 2015 at its new campus flagship on Portland’s North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway. The student-led day of action is the highlight of April climate change programming at PNCA including student-led Eco Club Pollution Solutions workshops throughout the week of Earth Day.

Highlights of Earth Action Day include an evening event entitled “Climate Change: Evoking Creative Response,” based on the World Café interactive process, and an afternoon “Solutioning Workshop” stemming from PNCA’s participation in the new Resilience Exchange, a global initiative to accelerate the pace of social change. At mid-day, PNCA’s Eco-Club pairs with the Print Club to encourage visitors to, “Print Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag.” The workshops are free and open to the public, but RSVP is required (see below) for all but the Eco-Club activity which is drop-in.

“Now more than ever human creativity is needed to develop innovative and resilient approaches to the fierce problems we face across the planet,” says Tom Manley, PNCA President. “That’s why I am inspired by the initiative PNCA students are taking to build sharable solutions aimed at the grave challenge of climate change and why our participation in the Resilience Exchange, a system of global portals for idea sharing, is both imperative and exciting.”

Eco Club Pollution Solutions workshops will take place each day of Earth Week from 12:30-1:30pm in the New Commons. Open to the public, each workshop provides tangible, DIY alternatives to plastic and chemical products.

Earth Action Day takes place at PNCA’s new home, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer for Art and Design, an historic building reimagined with a LEED Platinum redesign by Allied Works Architecture. And it comes on the heels of a lecture on sustainable innovation at the college by Hannah Jones, Nike VP, Innovation Accelerator and Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) speaking on sustainable innovation. The “Solutioning Workshop” is just the beginning of the work PNCA’s MFA in Collaborative Design is spearheading with the new Resilience Exchange, led by Astrid Scholz, former president of Ecotrust. The Resilience Exchange is a global network of organizations sharing solutions to complex and intransigent challenges.


Solutioning Workshop
April 22, 2015
2-5pm | Dororthy Lemelson Innovation Studio, PNCA
RSVP Required:

As a part of our Earth Day of Action, the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is participating in the development of a novel approach for making it easy and rewarding to discover, share, and repurpose solutions for people and planet. The Solutioning Approach was developed by Ecotrust and a group of like-minded organizations organized as the Resilience Exchange.

During the Solutioning Workshop, we will experiment with how the Solutioning Approach can lead to new applications and adaptations of your solutions to new challenges across the social change space. You’ll work alongside students, faculty, staff, and our community with real word challenges to collaborate on new solutions.

For more information about the Resilience Exchange, please visit:

Climate Change: Evoking Creative Response
April 22, 2015
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm | Dororthy Lemelson Innovation Studio, PNCA
RSVP Required:

Join us in a student-facilitated project to connect with others in the PNCA community who are committed to transforming our engagement with the world’s complex and evolving environmental and climate challenges.

On this evening of Earth Day, we will use the interactive process of World Cafe to share what we are committed to, to connect with others, and to explore transformative actions that embody our potential as an art and design community.

For more information about the World Cafe process, please visit:


Eco Club Pollution Solutions Workshops
Eco Club Pollution Solutions workshops provide tangible alternatives to plastic and chemical products. During Earth Week each day from 12:30-1:30pm, workshops will be held in the New Commons.

April 20 | Make Your Own Candles & Safe Fragrance with the Eco Club

April 21 | Make Your Own Laundry & Dish Detergent with the Eco Club

April 22 | Print Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag with the Print Club and Eco Club

April 23 | Mix Your Own Non-Toxic Paints with the Paint Club and Eco Club

April 24 | Make Your Own Safe Soaps with the Eco Club

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, PNCA has helped shape the region’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. Today PNCA is a dynamic platform for 21st century art and design education at its new campus in the heart of downtown Portland. PNCA offers four BFA programs with ten concentrations, six graduate programs within the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, and a Post-Baccalaureate program.

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