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Styrofoam recycling pilot leads to cost savings

As mentioned in a previous post, we collected approximately 120 cubic yards (equal to 20 standard dumpsters) of Styrofoam in just 6 days during residence hall move-in week. This was the first time Campus Recycling offered a bin to collect this material separately. We recently received the invoice for Total Reclaim’s recycling and hauling fee, […]

What do we do with old mattresses?

Even for those of us who really try to reduce waste in our lives, stuff comes along from time to time that is just hard to find a place to recycle.  What do you do with old mattresses?  It’s not too often that most people have to deal with this. But OSU’s University Housing & […]

Bike valet service offered at OSU football games

Corvallis High School hopes to raise enough money to generate its own electricity by installing solar panels, helping Corvallis reach its goal of becoming a net energy producer with 100% of all energy produced from renewable energy by 2025.  Although the school has received significant grants, they still need to raise additional funds to meet […]

Showcasing Sustainability to New Students: CONNECT Week Recap

Last week was CONNECT Week, a week of fun and educational events that help our new students transition into OSU’s community. Campus Recycling, the Sustainability Office and the Student Sustainability Initiative took several steps to demonstrate OSU’s sustainable reputation and get students involved. All three groups were present with booths and activities at the New […]

Celebrate World Car Free Day!

Today, September 22, 2010, the Corvallis and OSU communities will join with people across the globe to participate in World Car Free Day – a time for individuals and communities to come together to explore the benefits of walking, biking, and using public transit and other non-automobile forms of transportation to get us where we […]

OSU Helps da Vinci Days Cut Festival Trash in Half

This year OSU Campus Recycling partnered with the da Vinci Days festival to start a waste reduction initiative at the July 2010 festival. A report has just been released, which includes all the results along with methodology, photos, ideas for next year, and more. DOWNLOAD IT HERE This report and many other resources can be […]

OSU Participating in EPA Game Day Challenge

For over a year now OSU Campus Recycling has been partnering with Athletics to address waste and litter at home football games. We estimate that last season we produced an average of 10,000 lbs of trash every single game. That’s a lot of trash. So this year we’re stepping up our game. We have signed […]

Challenges to Identifying Sustainablility Research and Courses

Sustainability in a school’s curriculum is crucial to fostering a campus culture that uses resources wisely, out of care for and understanding of the environment. But it is hard to identify what specific classes/instructors have a focus on sustainability. You can read someone’s research and think, “this is sort of sustainability related, but it doesn’t […]

OSU ranks in top 100 Green Blogs for Students

OSU’s Ecologue is considered one the top Green Blogs for students by Online, a leading online degree portal. Online Degrees  allows those seeking a degree to specify their area of interest, and provides a list of universities and colleges in the nation which offer online degrees pertaining to that interest. The organization also gives a profile of each school […]

New Bottled Water Video

For those familiar with The Story of Stuff, March 22 marked the release of a similar video about the global impacts of bottled water.  In her remarkably concise and fun format, Annie Leonard packs an amazing amount of information into just a few minutes in The Story of Bottled Water. Annie was gracious enough to […]