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Campus Sustainability Day 2009

Hello everybody, For the past seven years, the Society for College and University Planning has planned a major webcast in October, when many colleges and universities celebrate their sustainability initiatives. I’m particularly excited about the program this year, because of the cross-section of panelists, and the program moderator is Andy Revkin, science editor for The […]

Improved Website!

Who doesn’t like upgrades? We sure do, especially when the final result allows us to spend less time and effort with maintenance. Enter our new website, backed by Drupal. I am moving right along with converting our website into a more user (and management) friendly version. With some delays, I hope to have the new […]

Testing computer power management software

Today, May 13, marks the middle of a two week OSU test to see how much energy – electricity specifically – can be saved by wider implementation of computer power management settings. While it may seem pretty trivial to look at powering down computers and monitors when not in use, the savings add up.  While […]

Update on OSU human power installation

With apologies for the gap between blog entries, I thought it might be time to write a little (or a lot) more about the installation of “human power” harvesting at our Dixon Recreation Center. The press coverage OSU received as a result of this innovative installation exceeded even my expectations, and responses have been overwhelmingly […]

OSU gets human power

For years, people have been asking me and others at OSU why we don’t harness all that energy from people working out on stationary bikes and other exercise equipment.  There were some very good technical reasons, including a gap in technology available to convert this intermittent energy into the alternating current that buildings use.  One […]

LBCC and OSU to combine efforts for Feb.5 National Teach-In

Happy New Year, everyone.  I’ve been getting some questions about what OSU is doing for the National Teach-In event coming up in February.  In an effort to be more efficient and avoid suffering from event overload (as well as speaker and audience competition), Linn Benton Community College and OSU are working cooperatively on two events […]

In stormy times, take comfort on the bus

This winter’s shaping up to be a stormy one, with major storms hitting before our transition to winter (the 21st of this month)  and more likely to come.  Roads are slick and sidewalks perilous; however, we are members of a university that never seems to close, so we must make our way nonetheless. Biking is […]

Quiet before the storm

This holiday break likely will be a time of slight quiet at OSU, as it has in years past.  With summers getting busier and busier, it seems December is the only slowdown anymore.  For the Sustainability Office, January and most of the first half of 2008 will be extremely busy, mainly facilitating a climate action […]

National Recognition

First, thanks to those who participated in the first annual Oregon University System Sustainability Conference last week.  It was a tremendous success, in part due to great attendance.  I’ll try to get a little more about that written soon, including some of my favorite moments and next steps that will occur as a result of […]

OUS Sustainability Conference later this week

Registration closes tonight, Monday night, for day one of the first annual Oregon University System Sustainability Conference this Thursday and Friday, Oct.23 and 24.  There is still a little room on Friday for more participants; Friday is the day focused on student engagement. This event will have a lot for people who care about how […]