Oregon State continues to lead in sustainability efforts among universities after receiving their sixth Gold star designation. STARS, otherwise known as the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System uses the four categories academics, engagement, operations, planning and administration as well as one additional innovation category to gauge campus sustainability. Gold is the second highest rating that a university can […]

Green Office Certification

The Green Office Certification is a simple yet effective way for OSU faculty and staff to further their sustainability efforts and get recognition for their work. It’s also intended to provide ideas for steps your office can take to reduce your environmental footprint and carbon emissions. The Green Office Certification was created through a partnership between […]

Pedal Corvallis Comes to Campus!

In June 2017, Pedal Corvallis arrived to Corvallis! A total of 221 Corvallis residents and visitors have taken over 1,200 bikeshare trips so far. Pedal Corvallis is expanding and has arrived here at OSU! Oregon State University in partnership with Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments (OCWCOG), will have two bikeshare stations installed  here on campus. Thanks […]

Beyond Earth Day Starts April 22

Beyond Earth Day Starts next Saturday, April 22! EVENT LINE-UP: (See full event details on the website SATURDAY, APRIL 22 Earth Day of Service: Times vary by project, Departs from M.U. Lounge (Registration required)  March for Science: 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Departs from Benton Co. Courthouse, 120 NW 4th St. Hoo Haa: 2:30 – […]

Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference: Call for Proposals

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 […]

Kilowatt Crackdown: Electricity Reducing Competition in Residence Halls

The final results are in from our very first electricity reduction competition put on by the Eco-representatives of the Oregon State University’s residence halls. The Kilowatt Crackdown  was a month long competition with weekly tips on how to reduce electricity consumption. The Eco-reps of West, Sackett, Wilson, McNary, and Poling Hall educated residents in their halls about […]

AASHE 2015 (By Stephanie Parrish)

At the AASHE conference, I attended a session hosted by students of the University of Northern Iowa. They shared their experiences with a campus garden plot much like the SSI garden. What was inspiring about their garden was the momentum and enthusiasm they were able to sustain from the time of groundbreaking and throughout the […]

American Fisheries Society National Conference by Rachael Davee

Attending the American Fisheries Society meeting in Portland was an amazing experience for many reasons. I am grateful to The Student Sustainability Initiative for giving me the opportunity to attend. This meeting brought together a great diversity of professionals who shared their work through presentations and posters. My primary interest was attending a session addressing […]

Student Sustainability Initiative Accepting Applications for Grants and Fellowships

The Student Sustainability Initiative is now accepting applications for Sustainability Project, Research, and Professional Development Grants & Fellowships! The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) believes our campus can be a model living laboratory for sustainability. The Sustainability Grant Program was established to provide students with opportunities to create a more sustainable institution and take an active role […]