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Greening a roof, one level at a time

Plants growing on a building isn’t typically a desired outcome, but on 5/17, students, staff and Horticulture faculty were encouraging just that in planter boxes atop the Kelley Engineering Center’s 3rd floor roof.  Throughout the day they fixed irrigation lines, weeded, topped off soil and replanted the boxes with a mix of native and drought-tolerant […]

OSU Sustainability Celebration

Join us for a recap on all the sustainability related activities at OSU this year! The Sustainability Celebration is an inter-departmental effort to reflect on the highlights and lessons from the year, make bold plans for next year, and receive suggestions on improvement from students, faculty, and staff at OSU. All of the departments involved […]

Get there Another Way Week

Interested in being entered into a raffle which offers prizes from over 30 local businesses? During the week of May 23rd – 27th OSU’s Employee Transportation Coordinator encourages OSU employees to get to work in any way besides a single occupancy vehicle. This includes using the following forms of alternative transportation: Carpool/vanpool, bike, walk, telework, […]

Winners of student sustainability writing contest announced

Five winning writers have been chosen for “The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes,” the first annual sustainability writing contest for Oregon State University students. OSU’s Spring Creek Project and the Student Sustainability Initiative sponsored the contest. Winners receive $100 and a chance to help shape the future. Charles Goodrich, program director for […]

Campus Carbon Challenge: Results and Insights

The Campus Carbon Challenge invited students, faculty, and staff at OSU to make personal commitments to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions as a result of lifestyle choices. The month long event occurred in April, during which OSU showcased other sustainability related activities happening on campus for Earth Week. The Carbon Challenge reminded people that simple changes in […]

Campus Recycling Offers New Options for Composting in Departments

Composting is a process in which organic materials such as food scraps and fibers are broken down into a natural soil amendment. This not only provides a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers, but also keeps valuable material out of our landfills. The EPA estimates that 26% of the material in U.S. landfills is yard trimmings […]

OLIS: New Graduate Program in Sustainability Launched in April!

On April 8, 2011, the Oregon University System formally approved the establishment of the Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) graduate certificate program. Shortly thereafter, the website,, was open for applications! OLIS is housed at the University of Oregon, but hopes to attract recent BA or BS graduates from all the OUS campuses to train […]

Apply to the SSI

The SSI is now accepting the last of its applications for 2011 – 2012 positions. If you are (or will be) an OSU student, are interested in sustainability, and are still looking to work or volunteers at a professional level during the 2011 – 2012 school year, you should apply! This is a truly wonderful […]

Campus Carbon Challenge: Final Celebration

To all those who took the Campus Carbon Challenge, THANK YOU! This celebration is in part an expression of gratitude to the 630 of you who made a commitment to reduce your carbon footprint for the month of April. It is the small actions which add up to big results, and we hope you continue […]

McNary Hall Wins Residence Hall Recycling Competition

McNary Hall has been declared the RecycleMania Residence Hall Winner, which they earned by having the smallest percentage of recyclables in their dumpster. The hall won a game night for their hall held on April 7, plus a trophy made out of reused materials. Congrats to them! Campus Recycling staff and volunteers audited the contents […]