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 […]
HSRC Textbook Lending Program
About the Human Services Resource Center The OSU Human Services Resource Center (HSRC) is a one-stop office that provides supportive resources for homeless, food-insecure, and otherwise economically disadvantaged students. The HSRC believes in creating opportunities that allow all students access to the necessary resources for academic success; they meet this objective by leveraging their partnerships, […]
FREE Green Office Certification Workshop!
ATTENTION ALL OSU EMPLOYEES: The OSU Sustainability Office is hosting a FREE workshop offering hands-on help to employees who want to start their Certification survey. Join us at noon on September 5th, lunch provided! There is no better time or place to get started! Multiple staff will be available for one-on-one assistance, so completing the […]
Final SAGE Summer Concert is Tonight!
What is SAGE? SAGE stands for Starker Arts Garden for Education; the SAGE garden is a program of the Corvallis Environmental Center. SAGE is a one-acre garden in Bruce Starker Arts Park; the food grown at SAGE is donated to nonprofits that provide fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables to families in our community who cannot […]
OSU in the Sustainable Campus Index 2018!
What are AASHE and STARS? The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) is a coalition comprised of over 900 higher education institutions, businesses, and other organizations; it exists to support higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students as they “lead the global sustainability transformation.” AASHE aims to contribute to a more […]
Affordable Clean Energy Rule
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a proposal called the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule in order to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan and fulfill the Trump administration’s goals concerning climate policy and the coal industry. The Clean Power Plan was a moderate attempt at slowing anthropogenic climate change, that climate scientists, policy makers, […]
Environment Oregon: Prevent Plastic Pollution
Plastic Pollution Plastic pollution is one of the greatest anthropogenic threats to wildlife; this is because plastic takes far longer to decompose than other materials like aluminum or paper. Most plastics take about 450 years to decompose, while polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam) never fully decomposes! Thus, these plastics remain in the ecosystem, where wildlife […]
Communities, Food, Resilience
Communities, Food, Resilience is a seminar hosted by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the OSU Extension Service, and OSU150 to converse about and reflect on local food systems, community food resilience, and the role of land grant universities. The event will consist of keynote presentations, followed by examples and discussion of systems-level work on community […]
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 […]