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Trash Talk: What about cardboard boxes that contain other materials?

February 2nd, 2016

How should cardboard boxes that contain other materials be recycled on campus? Kyle breaks it down step-by-step in this week’s Trash Talk video.

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This post is part of OSU Campus Recycling‘s Trash Talk series – where we answer your waste wonderings. More videos are available here on the Ecologue and on YouTube.

Free sessions with New York Times best-selling author Leanne Brown!

February 1st, 2016


Do you want to learn to eat healthy on a budget AND meet a New York Times Bestselling Author? Well, look no further!

On Friday, February 26th, Leanne Brown, author of “Good and Cheap: Eat well on $4/Day” will be visiting to talk about her book and give cooking demonstrations (which include free samples of food!). Leanne-Brown-Visit_student

The first session, from 10-11 AM at  McNary Dining Center will be open to students. The first 50 registered participants to attend this workshop will receive a free copy of Brown’s book “Good and Cheap”.  There will be limited seating available and RSVPs are required. To register for the event, sign up here.

A separate session will be held for faculty and community on the same day from noon-1 pm in the MU Horizon Room. RSVPs for this event are not required.

Cookbooks will also be available for purchase and may be signed by the author.


Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee Seeks New Member Under 21

January 27th, 2016

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) is seeking to fill a recently vacated position that represents the youth community.

The eight-member committee, appointed by the governor, acts as a liaison between the public and the Oregon Department of Transportation. It advises the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the establishment of bikeways and walkways. Members serve four-year terms, and the makeup of the group must include:

  • An employee of a unit of local government employed in land-use planning.
  • A representative of a recognized environmental group.
  • A person engaged in the business of selling or repairing bicycles.
  • A member designated by the Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council.
  • At least one member under the age of 21 at the time of appointment (the current vacancy).
  • Three members at large.

The committee meets up to six times per year, with several of those meetings in locations outside of the Salem area. Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. Travel expenses are reimbursed. Upcoming work items include implementation of the new Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Modal Plan, ConnectOregon VI grant application review, and input on the department’s new intermodal policies. Interest forms are available at: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/Pages/How_To_Apply.aspx.

For questions about the appointment process, contact Judge Kemp, (503) 378-2317, Judge.kemp@oregon.gov. For questions about the committee, contact Sheila Lyons, ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program manager, (503) 986-3555, sheila.a.lyons@odot.state.or.us.

Trash Talk: Can foil be recycled?

January 26th, 2016

Can foil be recycled on the Oregon State University campus? Jessica breaks it down for you in this week’s Trash Talk video.

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Click to view the video

This post is part of OSU Campus Recycling‘s Trash Talk series – where we answer your waste wonderings. More videos are available here on the Ecologue and on YouTube.

Wisdom of the Week: Recycling Newspapers

January 21st, 2016

Introducing our new weekly feature, the Wisdom of the Week! Join Campus Recycling as they share with you a weekly dosage of waste-related wisdom.

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To kick things off, this week’s wisdom is “Recycling a stack of newspaper just 3 feet high saves one tree.” And who doesn’t love trees?

This post is a part of the Wisdom of the Week series. Tune in every week for waste-related facts, stats, and quotes.

Trash Talk: What plastics are recyclable?

January 19th, 2016

What plastics are accepted in recycling bins on the Oregon State University campus? Andrea tells you about the four shapes in this week’s Trash Talk video.

Click to view the video.

Click to view the video.

This post is part of OSU Campus Recycling‘s Trash Talk series – where we answer your waste wonderings. More videos are available here on the Ecologue and on YouTube.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Attend OHESC This Year

January 15th, 2016

If you didn’t know, OHESC is the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. This year it will be held at Lane Community College in Eugene on Feb. 4-5. It’s fun, educational, and an amazing experience. Here are 10 reasons why you should attend! 

  1. There are 10 speakers representing Oregon State University! Go Beavs!
  2. It’s a great way to network with other students and professionals involved in Sustainability
  3. You could attend a movie screening of an award-winning film!
  4. Breakfast & Lunch are included! Yay food!
  5. If you’re a student, the registration cost is 78% cheaper than General Admission!
  6. Registered attendees will receive a free one-day pass valid Feb. 3-5, 2016 to ride the bus or the EMX
  7. The topics of the sessions range from Addressing Food Insecurity to Sustainability in Latin American Culture to Greek Life Going Green
  8. You can tour a cool brewery in Eugene!
  9. You can receive free admission in exchange for signing up for a volunteer shift!
  10. There’s no good reason not to attend!

You can register for OHESC on their website. Regular admission sales end Feb. 3 and student admission sales end Feb. 5.

DJ Spooky Presents “Forests, Electronics, and Composition”

January 13th, 2016

Ready for some awesome multimedia art to start off the new year? Well here’s your chance!

DJ Spooky, AKA author,composer, and multimedia artist Paul D. Miller has composed a “Forest Symphony” based on his four seasonal residencies at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. He will be presenting his art in a multimedia presentation Thursday, January 14th from 1-3 pm with a reception from 3-4 pm. Both will be held in Benton Hall 303. dj_spooky_by_t

Within his presentation, Miller will talk with musician / composer Dana Reason about his composition process, incorporating electronics and multimedia elements, and his experience in composing the “Forest Symphony.”

Miller is known for his genre-bending art, vast catalogue of music and work in social justice. He is the author of Book of Ice, a multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica that contemplates climate change and humanity’s relationship with the natural world, as well as Rebirth of a Nation, performed by the Kronos Quartet.

For more information on DJ Spooky, check out his website.

Come To The Benton Slope Circulation Study Workshop!

January 11th, 2016

Oregon State Capital Planning and Development is currently performing a circulation study on the area surrounding Benton Hall and need your input!

As many who frequent campus are aware, due to the topography of the area, many of the routes for pedestrians are not accessible.

In order to make OSU as pedestrian friendly as possible, a series of workshops will be conducted to help the consultants working on this issue. The first workshop will take place January 14th, 11 AM to 4 PM in MU Room 206. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend this first open house for the Benton Slope planning study.bentonslope

Along with improving pedestrian circulation, the study also aims to improve bicycle circulation, vehicle circulation, parking and lighting.

The planning team will be here to give an overview of the project and obtain input ideas and issues from people who work and use this area of campus.

This will be a casual format.  Please feel free to drop in at any time during hours listed above.

For questions, please contact Ned Nabeta  at 541-954-0294.

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