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Sustainable Landscape: Lane County Home Gardening

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Lane County homeowners can learn to save money on yard maintenance and lessen their impact on the environment through a class offered by the Oregon State University Extension Service. Sustainable Landscape training provides the public with practical information to create sustainable/green/ecological landscapes. Participants will learn to utilize landscape practices that can be applied to their […]

Improving Clay Soil

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

“Sand, Silt, or Clay? Texture Says a lot about Soil”, an article written by Kym Pokorny, explains the different textures of soil and how it affects your garden. Avid gardeners in the Willamette Valley know the challenge of trying to produce a thriving flower or vegetable garden in our clay soil. It’s important to know […]

Rain Forest Conservation and Wildlife on the Brink of Extinction

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Golden Conure. (Photo: David Ellis) Last week, Nick Houtman wrote an article about the correlation between forest habitat loss and the increased risk of wildlife extinction. Matthew Betts, a College of Forestry professor at Oregon State University, and Christopher Wolf, an OSU Ph.D student in forest ecosystems and statistics, were two of the eight co-authors […]

Digging into Bioswales

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Brought to you by Micco Emeson, the Living Lab Coordinator for Landscape for SSI. Landscape Maintenance Insights Wintertime approaches, and so do a plethora of opportunities for landscaping and gardening activities on the OSU campus. Winter is when many perennial plants lie dormant, shedding their leaves and maintaining cellular processes via stored energy reserves which […]

Student Sustainability Initiative Project Grant: SEC Permaculture Garden by Kyler Jacobo

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Come learn about the SEC Permaculture garden created by and for students! Have you walked by the Southeastern corner of the Student Experience Center (SEC) lately? This year, students Kyler Jacobo, and Allen Dysart have been working through the Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) Project Grant Program to establish an accessible, perennial food forest in the […]

Sustainability Alumni Profile: Dustin Quandt

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here is another edition of our Alumni Profiles Project. What has Dustin been up to since graduating? Meet Dustin Quandt, a 2011 Oregon State Alumni in Environmental Science. He was the very first student worker for the OSU Sustainability Office and worked as the Energy Audit Student worker. During his time at OSU: Dustin was an Energy […]

Summer Internships at Zenger Farm!

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Zenger Farm, a national leader in sustainable urban agriculture and education, is currently looking for summer interns! This is a great opportunity for OSU students planning on returning to the Portland Metro area for summer.  Dynamic, motivated individuals are wanted to join the education team as Summer Camp Interns. Gain experience teaching in an outdoor setting […]

Windward Returns! by Rachel Tholl

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Rachel Tholl has been is part of the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative team! As the Administrative Coordinator, Rachel helps SSI’s work that advance student efforts to create a culture of sustainability at OSU.    The Student Sustainability Initiative welcomed back Emily Boyer, OSU graduate, on April 6th in the MU. Boyer and a team of […]

Burying Winter Term by Micco Emeson

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

OSU students at the Corvallis campus are eligible for up to $500 per academic year to participate in professional development opportunities. The Student Sustainability Initiative are seeking proposals that benefit OSU students and the SSI’s mission of “Advancing student efforts to create a culture of sustainability at OSU through opportunity, education, and action” are preferred. This […]

Intro to Permaculture– A Massive Online Open Course

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

What Is Permaculture? Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. Permaculture uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people use the land; how water, fire and wind […]

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