OSU Sustainability Celebration

Join us for a recap on all the sustainability related activities at OSU this year! The Sustainability Celebration is an inter-departmental effort to reflect on the highlights and lessons from the year, make bold plans for next year, and receive suggestions on improvement from students, faculty, and staff at OSU. All of the departments involved […]

Get there Another Way Week

Interested in being entered into a raffle which offers prizes from over 30 local businesses? During the week of May 23rd – 27th OSU’s Employee Transportation Coordinator encourages OSU employees to get to work in any way besides a single occupancy vehicle. This includes using the following forms of alternative transportation: Carpool/vanpool, bike, walk, telework, […]

Winners of student sustainability writing contest announced

Five winning writers have been chosen for “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes,” the first annual sustainability writing contest for Oregon State University students. OSU’s Spring Creek Project and the Student Sustainability Initiative sponsored the contest. Winners receive $100 and a chance to help shape the future. Charles Goodrich, program director for […]

Campus Carbon Challenge: Results and Insights

The Campus Carbon Challenge invited students, faculty, and staff at OSU to make personal commitments to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions as a result of lifestyle choices. The month long event occurred in April, during which OSU showcased other sustainability related activities happening on campus for Earth Week. The Carbon Challenge reminded people that simple changes in […]

Campus Recycling Offers New Options for Composting in Departments

Composting is a process in which organic materials such as food scraps and fibers are broken down into a natural soil amendment. This not only provides a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers, but also keeps valuable material out of our landfills. The EPA estimates that 26% of the material in U.S. landfills is yard trimmings […]

OLIS: New Graduate Program in Sustainability Launched in April!

On April 8, 2011, the Oregon University System formally approved the establishment of the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) graduate certificate program. Shortly thereafter, the website,, was open for applications! OLIS is housed at the University of Oregon, but hopes to attract recent BA or BS graduates from all the OUS campuses to train […]

Campus Carbon Challenge: Final Celebration

To all those who took the Campus Carbon Challenge, THANK YOU! This celebration is in part an expression of gratitude to the 630 of you who made a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint for the month of April. It is the small actions which add up to big results, and we hope you continue […]

Green Career Day coming Thursday!

Oregon State University will hold its first spring Green Career Day during Earth Week 2011.  The event takes place April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  Green employers will be showcasing their sustainable efforts, networking with OSU students, and some will be highlighting employment/internships.  The event will help students […]

City of Beaverton hosts International Sustainability Leadership Project

Cedar Park Middle School teacher Edward Prindle was recently in touch with me to reach out to OSU students with a great opportunity to connect with Beaverton’s sister cities around issues of sustainability. The International Sister City Sustainability Learning Project is a volunteer internship program for 25 young people, ages 18-24, to represent Beaverton and […]

Earth Week 2011 Presents a Diverse Lineup

Pull out your calendar, because it’s time to start writing in what events you’ll be attending this year for Earth Week! With a lineup of 32 events, you are sure to find plenty that tickle your fancy and fit your schedule. Especially try not to miss one of the biggest sustainability events of the year […]