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2018 WOHESC Keynote Speakers

October 5th, 2017

Oregon State University is a hosting sponsor for the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). We have exciting news: the keynote speakers for WOHESC have been announced!

Jessica Finn Coven is Director of the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment. Kim Malek is the founder of Salt & Straw, an ice cream shop that originated in Portland, OR. Pandora Thomas is a teacher, speaker, writer, designer, and the co-founder of Black Permaculture Network.

Meet these wonderful women and join us at the event from February 6-8, 2018. Registration can be found here. Register by Friday, October 6th to get the early bird special! We hope to see you there!

Last Chance: 2017 Bicycle Parking Survey Volunteers Needed!

October 4th, 2017

University Land Use Planning seeks volunteers to help conduct the 2017 Bike Parking Utilization Survey this fall. The survey is used internally to monitor and guide the management and development of new bike parking infrastructure. The results of the surveys are also reported publicly to the City of Corvallis, as OSU is required to demonstrate how the university meets demand for bike parking on campus.

We need 12 volunteers on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18st from 9:30 am to 12 pm for the bike parking utilization survey. Volunteers will work in pairs, and walk a portion of campus to record the number of bicycles parked in and out of racks. While volunteers must be available for the entire time slot, they do not need to be available both days. The survey will be conducted rain or shine, so volunteers must be willing to work in all possible weather. Hot drinks and treats will be provided prior to surveying. Mandatory survey training will be conducted Wednesday, October 12th from 9:30am to 10:30am.

If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please contact Susan Padgett by Tuesday, October 10th, at susan.padgett@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6911.

2017 Bicycle Parking Survey Volunteers – We Need Your Help!

October 2nd, 2017

Bike Parking Utilization Survey Volunteer Request

University Land Use Planning seeks volunteers to help conduct the 2017 Bike Parking Utilization Survey this fall.  The survey is used internally to monitor and guide the management and development of new bike parking infrastructure.  The results of the surveys are also reported publicly to the City of Corvallis, as OSU is required to demonstrate how the university meets demand for bike parking on campus.

Bike Parking Survey:

We need 12 volunteers on Tuesday, October 17th and Wednesday, October 18st from 9:30 am to 12 pm for the bike parking utilization survey.  Volunteers will work in pairs, and walk a portion of campus to record the number of bicycles parked in and out of racks.  While volunteers must be available for the entire time slot, they do not need to be available both days.  The survey will be conducted rain or shine, so volunteers must be willing to work in all possible weather.  Hot drinks and treats will be provided prior to surveying. Mandatory survey training will be conducted Wednesday, October 12th from 9:30am to 10:30am.  If you are interested in participating or would like additional information, please contact Susan Padgett by Wednesday, October 4th, at susan.padgett@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-6911.

Oregon State University Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition”

September 21st, 2017

Oregon State University is one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Oregon State in the 2017 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

Published September 19, the ranking can be accessed at here.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“We strongly recommend Oregon State University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. “Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.”  (A complete report on that survey can be found here.)

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

 

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016-17 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools (362) in this edition are in the U.S. Twelve are in Canada. One is in Egypt. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll saluting schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99, can be found here.  Note: The scores can be found in the profiles of the schools on The Princeton Review and in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review books, The Best 382 Colleges and The Complete Book of Colleges, published in August 2017.

How the Top 50 Green Colleges List Was Done

The Princeton Review developed the ranking list using data from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; adminis­tration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

 

Street Fair: Celebrating Sustainability

September 21st, 2017

What an eventful day at the Sustainability Street Fair yesterday! Thanks to everyone who braved the stormy weather and came by our booth to learn about sustainability and try out our new bike generator!

Street Fair: Celebrating Sustainability

September 20th, 2017

Join Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative, the Sustainability Office and others today at the Street Fair: Celebrating Sustainability.  Our annual event this time takes place in the Brick Mall just north of the SEC Plaza.  Take a stroll through the Fair and celebrate sustainability with us between 12 and 4pm. Come meet your local and campus sustainability organizations and enjoy outdoor activities, a collaborative art project and yoga next to the Beaver Community Fair on the Brick Mall east of the M.U. Quad.  Learn more and join our Facebook event!

Now Hiring Eco-Representatives!

September 19th, 2017

Attention resident students! Want to get paid for doing sustainability outreach and education in your residence hall?  This is a one of a kind employment opportunity!  Prior experience great, but not required.

University Housing & Dining Services, Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative and the OSU Sustainability Office are currently recruiting this year’s Eco-Reps.  Eco-Reps are paid student employees who deliver sustainability programming to the residence hall in which they live, so it is only available to students living on campus.

Tasks center on sustainability outreach and education, as well as running composting programs.  This is a great, entry level job for those interested in sustainability!  Each year we hear from past cohort members how they have stayed engaged on campus, and gone on to successfully get other jobs in their feel.

Applications are due Oct.1 and all the details on how to apply are here

You can check the FY17 Program Summary for results from last year and prior.  And please help spread the word!

OSUsed Store Back to School Sale September 19

September 18th, 2017

In celebration of school starting, the OSUsed Store’s evening sale will offer special merchandise such as extra bicycles, extra student desks, and 50% off bed riser sets. Stop by on Tuesday, September 19th between 5:30 – 7:30 pm!

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis.

Street Fair: Celebrating Sustainability

September 7th, 2017

Take a stroll through the Street Fair and celebrate sustainability with us between 12 and 4pm. Come meet your local and campus sustainability organizations and enjoy outdoor activities, a collaborative art project and yoga next to the Beaver Community Fair on the Brick Mall east of the M.U. Quad. Learn more on our Facebook event!

HAPPENINGS:
Throughout event (12:00-4:00):
• Amazing sustainability groups!
• Yard games – disc golf, bean bag toss, giant jenga, and more
• Art zone – chalk the street to show us what sustainability means to you

In the “Move Your Body” grass area:
• 12:00-12:30: Self-guided yoga and relaxation (some mats provided)
• 12:30-1:30: Dance class hosted by OSU West Coast Swing Club
• 1:30-2:00: Open dance with OSU West Coast Swing Club
• 2:00-2:45: Flow Yoga for All Levels lead by Katie Zarajczyk of Live Well Studio (mats provided)
• 2:45-4:00: Self-guided yoga and relaxation (some mats provided)

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