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Toyota of Corvallis: Grand Opening September 29th, 2016

September 27th, 2016

Come tour Toyota of Corvallis new LEED Platinum, Net Zero facilities at their grand opening this Thursday, September 29th.


About a month ago, the OSU Sustainability Office was invited to the presentation all about the building where the architects and designers spoke. Details abut the building are in a previous blog post here. This Thursday is open to anyone in the community that wants a tour of all the sustainable building techniques used.

Who: The Corvallis community

What: The grand opening of the most energy efficient car facilities in the world. There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, drinks and appetizers!

When: September 29th, 2016 at 4:30pm.

Where: Toyota and Subaru of Corvallis

Please RSVP to comm.relations@ToyotaofCorvallis.com. If you would like to join the OSU Sustainability Office in attending please e-mail Dana.Lester@oregonstate.edu.

Recycling and Surplus are hiring students!

September 23rd, 2016

We are hiring

Multiple job openings are available for students within Materials Management (i.e. Campus Recycling and Surplus Property).

Recycling Program Assistants

We are hiring for 2 Recycling Program Assistants to assist with planning, implementing, assessing, and providing logistical support for Campus Recycling programs. 12-20 hours per week, mostly on weekdays. Applications due 9/29. Full details and application instructions can be found here.

Operations Student Workers

We have multiple openings for student workers to assist with surplus and recycling pick-ups, warehouse work and in our surplus computer department. 10-20 hours per week, mostly on weekdays. Applications due 9/30.  Full details and application instructions can be found here.

Lastly, as mentioned in a prior blog post, residence hall Eco-Rep positions are now open for those living on campus. Learn more here.

Get to know the OSU Waste Watchers at the Meet ‘n’ Eat!

September 22nd, 2016

campus-livingInterested in volunteering to encourage other students to reduce waste and recycle? The student club the Waste Watchers might be the right fit for you.

Get to know them at the Meet ‘n’ Eat on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 5:30-6:30 pm in Student Experience Center 112. Nosh on pizza and meet people who share your interests in sustainability, while learning about the group and ways you can get involved to reduce waste at OSU.

Interested but can’t make it? Visit our website to learn more, and consider voting for our fall meeting time.

World Car Free Day: Thursday, Sept 22

September 21st, 2016

This Thursday, Sept 22, is World Car Free Day! Join the national movement to reduce car pollution on the road, and get some free snacks while you ride to work! 

The Corvallis community will put up Commuter Appreciation Sites between 7am-9am this Thursday, Sept 22 in the following locations:

At these sites, there will be free breakfast snacks, bike safety checks and resources outlining local transportation options within the Corvallis community!

Help spread the word, and get your bike ready for your pollution-free commute to work!

Thank you to the Sponsors of World Car Free Day*!

For more information, visit here.carfree

*Sponsors include the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Transportation Action Team, City of Corvallis Transportation Options Program, Footwise, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Corvallis Parks & Recreation, Corvallis Bicycle Collective, Corvallis Farmers’ Market, Corvallis Spring Roll, First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op, First United Methodist Church Natural Step Ministry, Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Mid-Valley Bicycle Club, Oregon State University, Peak Sports, Play It Again Sports, Safe Routes to School, and SoupCycle.

NOW HIRING: Eco Representatives

September 20th, 2016

Interested in working right within your residence hall? Want to learn and educate about sustainability? Keep reading, and apply for this opportunity for the 2016-17 school year.blog-feature

We are now in our 5th year of the Eco-Representative program! Eco-reps live in resident halls at Oregon State University and work with the residents of the halls to further sustainable living practices, and put on various programs to highlight sustaineco rep photoability. Additionally, eco-reps manage the composting program in the halls. Do you like to educate, plan or market events, and want to help reduce the waste within a residence hall?

Applicants must be residents of a UHDS housing facility. The work load will range from 6-8 hours per week. Pay will start at $9.75/hour.

For the entire position description click here.

Submit 1) a resume and 2) a cover letter that addresses why you are qualified for and interested in
the position, as well as a brief description of an event or program you might organize if hired. Send
these application materials to brandon.trelstad@oregonstate.edu by 11:59PM Sunday, October 2.

Festival in the Quad: Celebrating Sustainability

September 7th, 2016

Ready to kick off the school year 2016-17? Join the Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling, and the Student Sustainability Initiative for The Festival in the Quad along with 16 other Oregon State University groups that cover the pillars of Sustainability: Environmental, Economic, and Social. Meet University groups, roll in Matrix Balls, eat delicious local food and more!

Who: The entire OSU Community is welcome! The focus is new students interested in learning how to get involved and meet new friends, current staff, and other students.

What: The Festival in the Quad: Celebrating Sustainability. A festival full of music, food, info booths, prizes, a photo booth, and more.

When: Monday, Sept 19, 2-5pm

Where: MU Quad, you won’t miss us!

Why: Start your Fall Term off right at the Festival! #CreateYourVision with collaborative art. Take selfies with new friends. Learn about ways to volunteer, get a job, and more!

The countdown is on!

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Call for Proposals

September 2nd, 2016

Our northerly neighbors, Washington, has announced their 2017 conference and are seeking input to shape the event’s programming! WAHESC will be Feburary 16-17, at Gongaza University in Spokane, WA.

The theme this year for the 2017 conference is “Caring for our Common Home.” They would like to hear from you about how institutions from across regions and advance sustainability in higher education. While you may not live in the state of Washington, WAHEC welcomes stakeholders throughout the Pacific Northwest to participate in this grand event. In the future, Washington and Oregon conferences may join forces, so stay tuned!Capture

Here are the topics that are encouraged to include when submitting a proposal:

  • Academics. How does sustainability impact your area of study?
  • Engagement. How can you become involved and participate in sustainability issues, conversations? Is it through social justice, “green” jobs?
  • Innovation and Leadership. How are students, faculty and staff influencing sustainable change on your campus?
  • Operations. How could a college be run with utmost efficiency, and the most sustainable way possible?
  • Planning, Administration, and Institutional Characteristics. Big picture thoughts on how can universities modal sustainability within a community.

For more information regarding the session styles and selection criteria, click here.

Sound like something you would be interested in? Want to be a part of the programming at this conference? Apply here before Oct 14, 2016.

For additional information, please contact: Jim Simon | 509-313-5571 | simonj@gonzaga.edu

2016-2017 Sustainability Fellowships **Deadline Extended to Oct 14th

August 26th, 2016

Need internship credit, a job, or something to fill up your time? The deadline is approaching for the 2016-17 Sustainability Fellowships starting this Fall! Read about the options below and apply now.

now-hiringThere are five sustainability fellowships available through the Student Sustainability Initiative. The students will be hired as employees through SSI, Memorial Union Fallbut will work directly with their fellowship host site. The time commitment ranges from 10-15 hours/week at the pay rate of $10.05/hour. The fellowship dates are from Sept 21, 2016-June 9, 2017. There is the option to use the fellowship as a required internship, or practicum credits. Check out the fellowships and full position description below:

  1. Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE) Sustainable Food Fellow at Corvallis Environmental Center.
  2. Bicycle Program Fellow at OSU Transportation Services.
  3. Compost and Recycling Fellow at OSU Valley Library.
  4. Spring Creek Project Fellow at Spring Creek Project.
  5. Sustainability Curriculum Development Fellow at Sustainability Double Degree and Minor Program.

The Deadline to apply is now October 14th. Apply here, and for more information, contact Caelin Alba at ssi.feeboard@oregonstate.edu.


Buy Used: OSUsed Store summer clearance sales on Aug. 23 and 26

August 18th, 2016

Clerance sale graphic

Much of the OSUsed Store’s merchandise will be on sale at our Summer Clearance Sales on Tuesday, August 23rd between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Friday, August 26th between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. The clearance prices will be as follows:

  • Specially marked items throughout the store 50 or 75% off
  • Buy one item, get one free within orange dot sticker merchandise (includes computer peripherals such as monitors, printers, video cards, etc.)
  • Buy one item, get one free within white price gun tag merchandise (includes housewares, office supplies, lab glass and equipment, and more)
  • Football cleats 50% off ($15/pair)

About OSUsed Store Sales

The OSUsed Store carries computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

We are is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). The store is operated by OSU Surplus Property and sells surplus equipment and material to departments on campus as well as members of the public during special public sales, in an effort to reduce landfill waste and keep money in the university.

While public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases, departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Note: Buy one, get one free and football cleat deals are good only during clearance sale times listed above.

See more sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our OSUsed Store webpage or contact us.

A view of the OSUsed Store.

A view of the OSUsed Store.

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