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Question of the Week: November Repair Fair

November 20th, 2013

Chico BagTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win an OSU ChicoBag!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one guess per person, please.

Question of the Week

At the November Repair Fair, drop-in demonstrations will be offered alongside the free repairs. List the name of  the drop-in demos, and include the time frame for each.

Answer

The November Repair Fair will be held on November 20 from  5:30 – 7:30 PM. The drop-in demos are as follows:

  • 5:45 to 6:15 pm: Recycle your Cycle: Change Out Your Tube - Do you know what to do if you get a flat tire on your bicycle? Drop by the Bicycle repair station to see how to change out a bicycle tube, as well as what disposal options you have for your old tube(s). (Leader: Jake Kane, Transportation Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)
  • 6:15 to 6:45 pm: The Basics of Vacuum Maintenance - Household vacuum cleaners come in all shapes and sizes but they work in the same simple way; to function properly they need regular maintenance and cleaning. Stop by the Household repair station for a short demo on basic vacuum maintenance. (Leader: Kyle Knight, Waste Reduction Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)
  • 6:45 to 7:15 pm: Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes - Many times, socks, jackets, and sweaters are working great, until you wear through the toe, elbow, or snag them on something. Darning is a method of fixing holes using only thread, rather than sewing a patch on. Drop by the Clothing repair station to see how it’s done. (Leader: Amanda Abbott, volunteer with the Waste Watchers)

For more information, visit the Repair Fair webpage.

PaCS – Welcome Jennifer Koehne!

November 20th, 2013

Please join us in welcoming Jennifer Koehne to the Procurement section of PCMM as a Purchasing Analyst 3. Jennifer grew up in the Willamette Valley and has lived most of her life here. Jennifer joins us from the private sector where she most recently worked in purchasing at a local financial services technology company for the last 10 years. Before that she worked in both the manufacturing and retail industries.

Jennifer’s main interests are reading, movies, camping and spending time with family and friends.

If you haven’t met Jennifer in person yet, please stop by the PA 3 cubicle area in our main office to say hi!

Your Refuse, My Refuge offers discussion and crafts this Thursday

November 19th, 2013

Join this event on Facebook.

Join this event on Facebook.

This Thursday, November 21 at 4:30-6:00 pm, the Waste Watchers and the Asian Pacific Cultural Center are teaming up to put on Your Refuse, My Refuge, an event focused on global garbage villages and waste reduction.

The event will be held at the Asian Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) at 2638 NW Jackson Street (view on campus map).

Your Refuse, My Refuge will offer a combination of presentation (on garbage villages around the world), group discussion (on how we can individually and collectively reduce waste in our lives) and craftiness (making reusable bags out of old T-shirts)! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own shirt if you have one you’d like to use.

An example of the no-sew reusable T-shirt bags that will be made at the event.

An example of the no-sew reusable T-shirt bags that will be made at the event.

We hope to see you there!

Repair Fair November 20th: Learn new skills and get your fix

November 19th, 2013

block-repair-112013If it’s broke, fix it! Come to the Recycling Warehouse at 644 SW 13th Street on Wednesday, November 20th between 5:30 and 7:30 pm for our second Repair Fair of the year. We won’t have another one until January!

Bring your broken items and questions and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your things, and drop-in DIY (do it yourself) demos to learn repair skills (see list below for what’s on offer this time)! Save money, save natural resources. Free and open to all.

November Repair Skills Offered:

  • Appliances (small items only, please)
  • Bicycles
  • Clothing (hand and machine sewing)
  • Computers (hardware and software)
  • Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • And more!

Drop-in Demonstrations:

5:45 to 6:15 pm: Recycle your Cycle: Change Out Your Tube – Do you know what to do if you get a flat tire on your bicycle? Drop by the Bicycle repair station to see how to change out a bicycle tube, as well as what disposal options you have for your old tube(s). (Leader: Jake Kane, Transportation Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)

6:15 to 6:45 pm: The Basics of Vacuum Maintenance – Household vacuum cleaners come in all shapes and sizes but they work in the same simple way; to function properly they need regular maintenance and cleaning. Stop by the Household repair station for a short demo on basic vacuum maintenance. (Leader: Kyle Knight, Waste Reduction Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)

6:45 to 7:15 pm: Those Darned Socks: Fixing Holes – Many times, socks, jackets, and sweaters are working great, until you wear through the toe, elbow, or snag them on something. Darning is a method of fixing holes using only thread, rather than sewing a patch on. Drop by the Clothing repair station to see how it’s done. (Leader: Amanda Abbott, volunteer with the Waste Watchers)

Additional Details

For more details such as directions, visit our website and/or join the event on Facebook.

Repair Fairs are twice-per-term events sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. In the 2013-14 academic year, we anticipate offering Repair Fairs in October, November, January, February, April and May.

Repair skills offered:

Appliances (small items only, please)

Bicycles

Clothing (hand and machine sewing)

Electronics (small items only, please)

Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)

Jewelry

And more!

DIY Demonstrations:

6:10-6:40 pm: How to Reduce Your Energy Bills This Winter – Learn techniques for saving energy at your rental home including how to do basic weatherizing and install low-flow shower heads and sink aerators. We’ll tell you how to get free CFL light bulbs and review incentive programs that are available for renters and homeowners. (Leader: The Energize Corvallis

team)

6:50-7:20 pm: The ABC’s of Bike Maintenance – Learn how to properly Air up your tires and patch tubes, maximize Brakes, and keep your Chain lubed and quiet, along with recommended basic tools to have on hand and local and online resources to do it yourself. (Leader: Kevin Grant, Transportation Action Team Leader for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

)

7:30-8:00 pm: 3 Common Sewing Fixes – Learn how to repair holes with patches, sew-on buttons, and replace zippers, all with a needle and thread! (Leader: Annie Kersting, ”Sewing Meister” for the Waste Watchers)

Additional Details
For more details such as directions, visit our website

and/or join the event on Facebook

.

PaCS – Fraudulent Quote Requests and Orders Using Procurement Contact Information

November 18th, 2013

Vendors and OSU staff should be aware that vendors continue to report that they are receiving requests for quotes or orders using OSU contact information and in fact this activity has increased significantly.  If you are unaware of the scam, vendors receive requests for quotes or purchase orders for goods where the name and billing address information is accurate but the email, phone number and fax number are fake.   The shipping address is always a non-OSU address, oftentimes identified as a “research” address.

If any companies receive requests for quotes, credit line establishment or purchases from Kelly Kozisek or Mark Fryman, DO NOT PLACE THE ORDER.  If you are uncertain if the order is from PaCS, please contact us at PaCS@oregonstate.edu as soon as possible.

We highly encourage vendors who are victims of these scams to go to the FBI website at www.ic3.gov to report the scam online.

Question of the Week: America Recycles Day 2013

November 13th, 2013

reusable metal water bottleTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a 24. oz reusable OSU water bottle, like the one pictured here!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

America Recycles Day is a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. What two activities will take place for America Recycles Day at OSU this year?

Answer

You can celebrate America Recycles Day by attending our event in the MU Quad on Friday, 11/15 from 10 AM – 1 PM. Help us raise awareness about recycling by filling a dumpster with pledges! You can also test your recycling knowledge by playing the recycling sorting game to win a reusable water bottle.

Question of the Week: Holiday Waste Reduction

November 6th, 2013

spork-win-meTime for our Question of the Week!

You have until 5:00 PM today to respond and be eligible for the prize. We will select up to three responses to receive this week’s prize: an OSU reusable spork!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

What is one way that you reduce landfill-bound waste during the holiday season?

Answers

Jami LeAnne posted with, ” Make use of all you delicious holiday leftovers, like use the little pieces of turkey and the bones to make soup, [and] compost whatever isn’t used.”

Another easy way to reduce waste is to reuse wrapping paper or gift bags.

Have something that wasn’t mentioned? Add to our list by commenting below.

Celebrate America Recycles Day Nov. 15th!

November 5th, 2013

America Recycles Day at OSUAmerica Recycles Day is “a nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States.”

Come celebrate on Friday, November 15th between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm in the center of the Memorial Union Quad by taking the recycling pledge – help OSU cover a dumpster with signatures! Also play the sorting game to test your knowledge of recycling at OSU, and win a reusable bottle.

Join this event on Facebook, and check out photos from similar events below.

This event is sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative.

A dumpster display in the M.U. Quad in 2011.

A dumpster display in the M.U. Quad in 2011. Click to view larger.

recycling pledge wall

A recycling pledge wall in the M.U. Quad back in 2009. Click to view larger.

 

Recycling – Question of the Week: Disposable Coffee Cups

October 30th, 2013

Reusable MugTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable stainless steel OSU coffee mug!

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one guess per person, please.

Question of the Week

Included below is an image of a disposable coffee cup. Into what bin(s) on campus would you put the cup, lid, and the sleeve?

Disposable Coffee CupAnswer

The lid and the cup both belong in the trash, while the sleeve can go in with paper recycling. A plastic lining is used in the disposable cups to make them more durable, which in turn prevents the cup from being pulped back into paper.

It is estimated that OSU trashes over 3,250 disposable coffee cups daily. To help raise awareness, members of the SSI and Waste Watchers are currently holding a Coffee Mug Pledge, encouraging coffee-drinkers to switch to reusable products. Click here to learn more about the event.

Recycling – Repair Fair Recap: October

October 29th, 2013
Volunteer instructs attendee on how to fix their broken item.

Volunteer Michael Viliardos teaches an attendee about electronic repair. Click to view larger.

By Kyle Reed

You’re about to vacuum your house for the first time in a week, when you discover that it has mysteriously broken down and refuses to turn on. Taking it in to the shop could be time consuming, and buying a new one feels like such a waste. All of your options would be costly. That is, unless you take it to the Repair Fair.

Offered twice a term, the Repair Fairs provide attendees the opportunity to receive free repairs for a wide variety of items, as well as the chance to learn how to make some quick fixes themselves in the future.

It’s been one year since the Repair Fairs began, and they’ve seen quite a bit of growth and development. In the past year, the combined attendance from each of the Fairs has totaled to be 200, coming from the Corvallis community, OSU faculty and student body. The previous event, the October Repair Fair, saw in addition to this a staggering 51 attendees, a number which broke all previous records for individual Fairs.

Volunteers fix household items.

Volunteers Steve Cook and Chris Moser repair items at the Housewares section. Click to view larger.

The volunteers who provide the repair skills come from eclectic backgrounds, from enthusiasts and professionals, to hobbyists and do-it-your-selfers. As a coordinator of the event, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the Fairs has been watching everyone put their heads together to solve a tricky problem or find creative solutions. Suddenly, a hopeless cause becomes a loose connection or the need of a simple replacement; it’s gratifying to see attendees walk away with newly-working possessions or the knowledge of how to proceed with the problem.

Energize Corvallis teaches about energy savings.

Members of Energize Corvallis present a demonstration on how to winterize homes and save energy. Click to view larger.

Educational demonstrations have also been a part of the event since February. Originally, we implemented them as another avenue for attendees to learn about repairs, and while attendance has been high in past Fairs, that was not the case during the October event. We are currently in the process of restructuring the demonstrations’ place within the event.

More photos of the October event are available on Facebook.

If you missed out on the October event, The next Repair Fair will be held on November 20, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Visit the webpage for more details on which demonstrations and repair skills offered.