Sustainability Office is hiring for one full time position

The OSU Sustainability Office is still accepting applications for a Sustainability Program Assistant.  Application deadline was September 14th but has been extended to September 20 at midnight! This position oversees the OSU utility metering program, assembles our annual greenhouse gas inventory, supports student sustainability efforts, manages small projects related to energy and water conservation, reviews […]

Sustainability Festival Coming Soon!

Lets start the school year off right with support for a good cause and free entertainment! Learn about sustainability-related resources and involvement opportunities, enjoy organic food, listen to live music, tour the Student Sustainability Center, or just relax and get to know like-minded people.  Also, fun activities (including an Earth Collage!!!) will be offered throughout […]

OSU makes Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll

Oregon State University has been named to the Princeton Review’s 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll – the only university in Oregon to earn the distinction. Princeton’s criteria for recognition includes a healthy and more sustainable campus life, student preparation for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges and the school’s overall dedication […]

Join Us Saturday, August 13: This is going to be huge, and it starts with you.

It’s the little things that make big things possible. Communities Take Charge is dedicated to making Corvallis one of the most energy efficient communities in the nation, and we need your help with the little things. Please join us this Saturday as we go door-to-door and invite Corvallis residents to try three energy-saving actions for […]

OSU's significant commitment to green power continues

On July 25, US EPA released their summer rankings for the top colleges and universities purchasing renewable energy, aka, green power.  For the last few years, EPA’s Green Power Partnership has recognized OSU for outstanding purchases of renewable energy, but the highest ranking previously achieved was number 4 in the nation. With a substantial commitment […]

World's Greenest Building seeks OSU student ideas

Comprehensive zero-net energy green building project seeks entrepreneurial ideas for those interested in assisted/subsidized business startups in the future. Got an idea for a sustainable business? Interested in participating in a study group to monitor and publish a zero-net energy building’s performance? Interested in learning about a zero-net energy, zero-net water, zero-net waste and zero-net […]

Provost's Council and President's Cabinet hear STARS findings and recommendations

On June 15th, Brandon and Bo met with top OSU leaders to discuss the status of sustainability at OSU, and findings and recommendations from the university’s recent STARS submission.  While OSU received a STARS Gold rating, administrators acknowledge areas in which the institution could make faster progress.  University operations and energy use (especially given OSU’s […]

New energy loan programs support Corvallis and OSU

Turning down the furnace or turning off a light is an easy way to save energy in the home and at work.  But there are many other times when it takes a little investment today to save tomorrow. New energy revolving loan fund programs on campus and in the Corvallis community have been set up […]

New online Student Evaluation of Teaching cuts paper use

Beginning fall 2011, OSU will ask students to evaluate instructors using a new online form, identical in content to the current hard-copy version.  Several faculty and many students have commented in recent years about OSU’s use of paper forms for end-of-term evaluations requested in almost every course.  The new online format will be a welcome […]

Greening a roof, one level at a time

Plants growing on a building isn’t typically a desired outcome, but on 5/17, students, staff and Horticulture faculty were encouraging just that in planter boxes atop the Kelley Engineering Center’s 3rd floor roof.  Throughout the day they fixed irrigation lines, weeded, topped off soil and replanted the boxes with a mix of native and drought-tolerant […]