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SSI offers worm compost bin workshop

Interested in composting your food waste but don’t know how to get started? Don’t have a lot of space or lack a yard? The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is offering a workshop to get you started. SSI is hosting a worm compost bin workshop Monday, November 8th, at 5:00 pm at the Student Sustainability Center […]

Higher Ed Board Adopts Sustainability Policy

Last week, Higher Education Board member David Yaden sent this message to stakeholders throughout the Oregon University System, describing recent action by a Board subcommittee: The Board of Higher Education has accepted the final report from the Sustainability Initiatives Committee and adopted the proposed Sustainability Policy for OUS. The policy establishes sustainability as a core […]

How Good is a B+?

Yesterday, OSU again achieved a B+ grade for sustainability practices from the Sustainable Endowments Institute. While a B+ may not seem outstanding, I’m quite happy with it for a couple reasons. First and foremost, between more than 300 colleges in all 50 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces, SEI only gave out seven A grades this year.  […]

OSUsed Store Fall Sale this Week

The OSUsed Store is having a Fall Sale this week to clearance its inventory. The OSUsed Store, managed by OSU Surplus Property, sells all OSU-owned property no longer needed by the owning department, as well as items from other government agencies. The only program of its kind at an Oregon university, we seek to reroute […]

Recycling for the Greater Good at Homecoming 2010

As mentioned previously on this blog, OSU has signed up to participate in the EPA Game Day Challenge this year, a nationwide competition between universities to reduce waste at football games. We will be bringing together a team of 50+ volunteers at the October 30th home football game to both increase recycling and fight hunger. […]

People's Park Construction

After years of delay and complications, OSU People’s Park began construction Monday, Oct.11.  The major work is currently underway, excavating the pathways and for benches and pouring concrete.  The project makes good on a promise OSU made to previous generations of students: to create a tucked away, intentional space for contemplation in the core of […]

Calling All Student Musicians!

We are looking for song writers who are deeply interested in sustainability issues to play at this year’s “Sustainaball” on November 18th in the MU Ballroom from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The point of this fun event is to spread awareness about sustainability and to connect the arts with a passion for environmental and social well-being. Food […]

Styrofoam recycling pilot leads to cost savings

As mentioned in a previous post, we collected approximately 120 cubic yards (equal to 20 standard dumpsters) of Styrofoam in just 6 days during residence hall move-in week. This was the first time Campus Recycling offered a bin to collect this material separately. We recently received the invoice for Total Reclaim’s recycling and hauling fee, […]

What do we do with old mattresses?

Even for those of us who really try to reduce waste in our lives, stuff comes along from time to time that is just hard to find a place to recycle.  What do you do with old mattresses?  It’s not too often that most people have to deal with this. But OSU’s University Housing & […]

Bike valet service offered at OSU football games

Corvallis High School hopes to raise enough money to generate its own electricity by installing solar panels, helping Corvallis reach its goal of becoming a net energy producer with 100% of all energy produced from renewable energy by 2025.  Although the school has received significant grants, they still need to raise additional funds to meet […]