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OSU Foundation Invests in Bikes

Located at the corner of 35th and Western (about a mile from the Memorial Union), the OSU Foundation office is a bit too far for a convenient walk to campus meetings.  Yet finding a parking spot on campus can be challenging, aside from the environmental impacts of driving such a short distance. Now Foundation staff […]

Gold STARS for OSU

After eight months of work, OSU’s submission to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) was completed Monday at 5:00PM, mere hours before the midnight deadline!  With a January 31 date looming, work had been fast paced in the Sustainability Office for several weeks, trying to stick with fellow STARS Charter Participants.  Of the […]

RecycleMania 2011 activities set to launch Monday

As mentioned before on this blog, RecycleMania is almost here (officially starting Sunday)! Pull out your planner and check out the event lineup below for the first three weeks of the competition. Cash for Clunkers Fridge Replacement Program Jan 24 through Apr 1, Your Department Have an old, energy inefficient fridge in your department’s kitchen […]

2011 OUS Sustainability Conference: Call For Posters

On February 28th, 2011, the OUS Sustainability Conference will be held at Oregon State University. The purpose of this conference is to encourage information sharing, networking, and collaboration around sustainability at Oregon’s public higher education institutions. A further focus of the confernence is to continue the discussion on issues brought up at the previous OUS Sustainabiliy Confernce held at […]

Sneak peek into RecycleMania 2011

It’s that time of year again. A chill is in the air, the leaves have all fallen and the Waste Warriors are gathering for another battle. It’s almost RecycleMania 2011! RecycleMania is a nationwide recycling competition, which started in 2001 as a competition between two Ohio colleges and has since expanded to include over 600 […]

Improving efficiency, one lamp at a time

Incandescent lamps are the poster child of energy waste; their glare disguises the fact that 90% of the energy consumed by an incandescent lamp  is wasted as heat.  With the help of six GEO 300 – Sustainability for the Common Good students, Sustainability Office staff changed over 100 incandescent lamps to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps […]

Video tells story of recycling at OSU football games

The last home football game of the year was this past weekend, ending with a bang at the 114th annual Civil War game. What many attending the games may not know about is the team of volunteers who come together every game, helping OSU with its recycling initiative. OSU Campus Recycling collects about 3,000 lbs […]

Head to Dixon before 11PM to help OSU win the Energy Civil War!

If you’ve not been there yet, or even if you have, head over to Dixon Recreation Center to contribute your “power” to the 2010 Energy Civil War.   There are prizes, including gift certificates to the Beanery and Bike ‘n’ Hike. Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Initiative and OSU Recreational Sports, the Energy Civil War is […]

Tap Water…good for your personal health and the health of the environment

This is the message that a group of student leaders, graduate students and professional faculty members interested in environmental sustainability and health promotion efforts want to send to the OSU community. Recent funding from Pacific Source’s Healthy Life Challenge has been a catalyst for education/health promotion efforts and program incentives with the aim of increasing […]

People's Park Progress

Last week saw great progress at the People’s Park construction site!  The traditional paving is done and the masons began their work on the brick seatwall and plaza, which look great.  Check out the photos below. One cool bonus feature is the “echo chamber” effect the curved seatwall has when you stand in the very […]