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Sneak peek into RecycleMania 2011

It’s that time of year again. A chill is in the air, the leaves have all fallen and the Waste Warriors are gathering for another battle. It’s almost RecycleMania 2011! RecycleMania is a nationwide recycling competition, which started in 2001 as a competition between two Ohio colleges and has since expanded to include over 600 […]

Improving efficiency, one lamp at a time

Incandescent lamps are the poster child of energy waste; their glare disguises the fact that 90% of the energy consumed by an incandescent lamp  is wasted as heat.  With the help of six GEO 300 – Sustainability for the Common Good students, Sustainability Office staff changed over 100 incandescent lamps to energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps […]

Video tells story of recycling at OSU football games

The last home football game of the year was this past weekend, ending with a bang at the 114th annual Civil War game. What many attending the games may not know about is the team of volunteers who come together every game, helping OSU with its recycling initiative. OSU Campus Recycling collects about 3,000 lbs […]

Head to Dixon before 11PM to help OSU win the Energy Civil War!

If you’ve not been there yet, or even if you have, head over to Dixon Recreation Center to contribute your “power” to the 2010 Energy Civil War.   There are prizes, including gift certificates to the Beanery and Bike ‘n’ Hike. Sponsored by the Student Sustainability Initiative and OSU Recreational Sports, the Energy Civil War is […]

Tap Water…good for your personal health and the health of the environment

This is the message that a group of student leaders, graduate students and professional faculty members interested in environmental sustainability and health promotion efforts want to send to the OSU community. Recent funding from Pacific Source’s Healthy Life Challenge has been a catalyst for education/health promotion efforts and program incentives with the aim of increasing […]

People's Park Progress

Last week saw great progress at the People’s Park construction site!  The traditional paving is done and the masons began their work on the brick seatwall and plaza, which look great.  Check out the photos below. One cool bonus feature is the “echo chamber” effect the curved seatwall has when you stand in the very […]

Sustainable Cooking Featured at College of Health & Human Sciences

Check out the great post on SYNERGIES, the blog of the College of Health and Human Sciences at OSU, talking about the cooking classes offered by HHS student Iris Briand.  The classes are sponsored by the Student Sustainability Initiative and the OSU Food Group and have been well attended. Iris explains My objectives  are to […]

Sustainaball Tonight!

Don’t forget to join us at the Sustainaball tonight in the MU Ballroom.  This event, recently covered below, brings artists together around sustainability issues and includes an involvement fair featuring many student and community groups. A great article appears in the Barometer today.  Nice work Bo, Andrea and Evan who are quoted.  And thanks to […]

2nd Building Energy Challenge Ramps Up

Building on the success of the 1st OSU Building Energy Challenge (BEC), which took place in February 2010, the Sustainability Office is actively planning and promoting the 2nd iteration of the event.  The premise of the BEC is to encourage occupants of participating buildings to show measurable energy savings through the cumulative effect of individual’s […]

Jefferson Street Stormwater Project: The Process Begins

Oak Creek is OSU’s main waterway; it is the only stream, creek or river to pass through the Corvallis campus and 40% of its watershed lies on land managed by OSU.  Numerous classes, undergrads, grad students and professors have used Oak Creek for research and experiential learning.  It drains portions of the OSU McDonald-Dunn Research […]