STORIES

Environment Oregon: Prevent Plastic Pollution

Plastic Pollution Plastic pollution is one of the greatest anthropogenic threats to wildlife; this is because plastic takes far longer to decompose than other materials like aluminum or paper. Most plastics take about 450 years to decompose, while polystyrene (commonly known as Styrofoam) never fully decomposes! Thus, these plastics remain in the ecosystem, where wildlife […]

OSU Faculty Members are Lead Authors of new IPCC (Climate Change) Report

What is the IPCC? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), created by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 1988, is the “international body for assessing the science related to climate change.” Its purpose is to provide policymakers with assessments of the scientific literature on climate change, the impacts […]

Voices of a Warming Planet: Brandon Trelstad, OSU Sustainability Officer

The Oral History Program at the OSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives Research Center presents Voices of a Warming Planet, an oral history series about climate change. Voices of a Warming Planet is a website containing contextualized interviews with twelve OSU faculty members, staff, and students, including the Sustainability Office’s own Sustainability Officer, Brandon Trelstad! […]

New York City Publishes Voluntary Sustainability Progress Report to UN

On Wednesday, New York City became the first city in the world to report its progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, 193 countries agreed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN; the SDGs are broad sustainability goals that encompass topics like environmental justice, poverty, and inequality and successful […]

OSU Master Gardeners: Growing Gardeners Conference

The Oregon Master Gardener Association, in cooperation with Oregon State University Extension service, is holding its Growing Gardeners conference July 13th through July 14th. The gardening symposium, formerly known as Mini College, is taking place at Linfield College in McMinnville and will feature a wide range of speakers and 38 workshop sessions! Keynote Speakers This […]

150 Species Sustained

OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has been operating since 1935, helping to manage the conservation of species through their research. The goal of faculty and students is to provide the public with knowledge to help make more informed decisions on “issues of conservation, sustainable use and ecosystem restoration”, and to contribute to the conservation […]

Behind-the-Scenes of OSU Campus Recycling: What you don’t see…

Ever wonder what it actually takes to have recycling options? Most of the time, you may only see our Campus Recycling trucks on their way to service buildings, or the events we put on, like Beyond Earth Day, to help educate and spread awareness of recycling options on campus. But there’s so much more that […]

Are You Ready For The Great Move Out?

Last year we diverted almost 36,000 pounds of goods from the landfill during the Great Move Out. This year we are going to do that again! Here is how you can help: Living in a Residence Hall? Most on-campus residents find it difficult to balance packing, cleaning and finals all in one week. So lighten […]

Life-changing Learning

While bookwork in the classroom is the core of a college education, experiential learning outside of the classroom is also necessary to inspire students and truly prepare them for entering the workforce. It should be no surprise that many college graduates lack confidence as they transition from college to careers, because they have been working […]

Fix your items for free and learn a new skill!

Before summer move-out, salvage your broken items for free at our Spring Repair Fair on Wednesday, May 16th 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th St.) Learn to repair your broken items with the help of our volunteers and attend our demos to pocket some knowledgeable skills on being more sustainable! See the […]