Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are Being Installed!

Cherry City Electric will begin installing the long awaited electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus today. The chargers will be connected to Ecotality’s Blink Network, where the charging station status can be checked from a computer or smartphone. Anybody will be able to charge their cars at Blink charging stations and membership is not […]

Energy and Water Use Changes with the Seasons

Summer is upon us!  The wildflowers are blooming and the (native) grasses are getting taller.  As seasons change so does the way we use energy and water.  Even though OSU strives to become a more efficient user of energy and water we still have a large footprint overall.  In the winter, OSU uses lots of […]

Annual Earth Week celebration starts Saturday!

The long-standing Earth Week celebration at OSU is a week of fun and educational activities geared toward raising environmental awareness and engagement, taking place April 21-28 this year. Whether you are interested in bringing out your wild side at Earth Ball 2012, getting your hands into the dirt at the annual Hoo Haa at the […]

Campuses Take Charge Begins!

The two-month-long energy conservation effort Campuses take Charge has officially kicked off at OSU as of April 2nd. The campaign encourages students to try new energy-saving actions for a month, and to log their conservation data after they are finished. The campaign is sponsored by Energize Corvallis, the OSU Sustainability Office, and the Student Sustainability Initiative. To join, […]

New LEDs for the Valley Library

LEDs in the Valley Library. The OSU Sustainability Office will be funding and replacing halogen track lights in the Valley Library with LEDs. LEDs are much more efficient than halogens and last much longer. The replacement the building’s track lights alone will save over $3,000 a year in energy savings. The old halogen lights are also not suitable […]

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference Comes to Corvallis

The Harvesting Clean Energy (HCE) conference is the Northwest’s premiere event bringing together the agriculture and energy industries to advance opportunities for rural communities to produce clean energy, boost struggling rural economies, and help the region and nation meet the energy challenges of the coming decade. Now in its 12th year, Harvesting Clean Energy consistently […]

OSU Energy Meters: What they are and why they matter

An important part of sustainability is understanding energy consumption.  Therefore, OSU tracks monthly energy, water and steam usage on campus by reading and recording data from every meter in each building on campus.  This monthly task takes many hours as campus has many buildings and each building can have several meters. During meter reading, data […]

OSU's Building Energy Challenge

Thirteen dorms and four buildings around campus are committing to save energy through this year’s Building Energy Challenge. Participants are asked to perform various tasks to reduce their energy consumption—such as turning off lights, unplugging unused electronic devices, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). The Challenge will run from February 6th […]

Campus Energy Upgrades are Underway!

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 directs that states focus funding on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Thus, additional funding for Oregon’s State Energy Program (SEP) has increased and calls for directing funds to energy efficiency retrofits of buildings and supporting renewable energy projects. The goals of the SEP are to increase […]

Oregon Leadership in Sustainability Program Accepting Applications for 2012-13

Are you interested in a career in sustainability?  Do you love cities?  Are you looking for an education that will train you to lead cities into a greener future? If your answer is “YES!!” then you should check out the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) Graduate Certificate Program.  The OLIS program is an rigorous immersion […]