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Lecture on Youth Suing the US Government over Climate Change

The case In 2015, 21 young people filed a constitutional climate lawsuit against the US government in the US District Court for the District of Oregon. Named after one of the young ladies involved, the case is called Juliana v. US; it argues that the government has violated the constitutional rights of young Americans to life, […]

2018 AASHE Conference

We posted an article on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) last month, because OSU earned a gold rating in their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).This was a huge achievement for OSU, because STARS is a comprehensive system that measures sustainability performance and we ranked at the second […]

OSU Faculty Members are Lead Authors of new IPCC (Climate Change) Report

What is the IPCC? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 1988, is the “international body for assessing the science related to climate change.” Its purpose is to provide policymakers with assessments of the scientific literature on climate change, the impacts […]

US-Mexico Border Wall Threatens Biodiversity and Contributes to Extinction

What is Biodiversity? Biodiversity is the variety of life on Earth. A single species is insignificant in the sense that it is one of billions, but it is actually of supreme importance, due to the interdependence of all life. We call this interdependence of life and its physical environment an ecosystem. An ecosystem can range […]

Ecological Engineering in Action!

A simplified diagram of one specific ecosystem. Since Oregon State University is often associated with both natural resource management and engineering, it should be no surprise that we have a very active Ecological Engineering program. To understand what ecological engineering is, it helps to be acquainted with the concept of an ecosystem, and the study […]

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC)

The second annual Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is February 25th through February 27th at the University of Washington! Last year was the first year that the Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference and the Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference merged, forming WOHESC. The first WOHESC (2018) was a huge success, with over 600 […]

New York City Publishes Voluntary Sustainability Progress Report to UN

On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report its progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, 193 countries agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN; the SDGs are broad sustainability goals that encompass topics like environmental justice, poverty, and inequality and successful […]

Sustainable Staff Spotlight: The Great Paper Towel Caper

Upon learning that Oregon State University was replacing all of its paper towel dispensers with a newer model, Laura Tilley, who works with the art department, immediately wondered what would happen to the leftover paper towels that will not fit in the new dispensers. Since she works with the art department, she thought perhaps OSU […]

Volunteer at the HSRC Food Pantry!

What is the HSRC Food Pantry? The HSRC Food Pantry is a Human Services Resource Center program that distributes food to limited-income individuals and families via their shopping-style days, Fresh Food Fridays, and food boxes. The HSRC Food Pantry is located at 1030 SW Madison Avenue in the building called Avery House (also called Avery […]

Sustainable Engineering Spotlight: Gondar, Ethiopia

Amy Salisbury and Gavin Bennett, civil engineering undergraduate students, learned that culture is often an important factor to consider for sustainable engineering.  Amy, Gavin, and a team of other students have been working on a multi-faceted project to build an irrigation system and housing for a plant nursery and a bathroom for a village school, […]