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January 2010 Sustainability Update

For your reading pleasure, I’m posting contents from the the January 2010 edition of the Sustainability at OSU Update.  For more information about the update, and to subscribe, please visit this Ecologue post. From our friends at Campus Recycling Recyclemania has Begun – Pitch In to Win! Recyclemania is a 10-week, nationwide recycling competition between […]

Car sharing coming to OSU

After a fair amount of fine tuning, I’m pleased to report that we’ve worked out an arrangement with Enterprise’s WeCar division that will bring car sharing to OSU. What is “car sharing” you may ask?  It’s similar to an hourly rental.  Members can make a reservation online, walk up to the car with a member […]

Sustainability Office Offers New On-Campus Resources

In an effort to expand the sustainability conversation to a wider and more diverse audience, the Sustainability Office has started two related programs targeted specifically at OSU faculty and staff. First, in an effort to support wider awareness of campus resources, a newly-created listserv will distribute information that highlights sustainability activities at OSU.  While similar […]

Sustainability Office Partners with Academic Units

Our students are OSU’s greatest resource. Not only because they are the future, but also because they are intensely interested in how the campus is operated. Due to this ever-increasing interest, the Sustainability Office has begun a series of pilot partnerships with various academic units. In these partnerships, we offer students an opportunity for service, […]

The Four Day Work-week

I’ve been asked a few times by administrators to investigate what energy savings OSU might see if we shifted to a 4 day workweek (each day 10 hours).  I don’t plan on posting my rather lengthy response here unless someone requests it.  But the short answer is, there is indeed some net energy savings potential […]

New Website Launched!

The new OSU Sustainability website went live moments ago, and we’re still working through some issues and have some minor cleanup/fixing to do over the next few days, so please bear with us! Along with much of OSU, we made the switch to using Drupal to maintain and expand our website.  Honestly, I was reluctant […]

Campus Sustainability Day 2009

Hello everybody, For the past seven years, the Society for College and University Planning has planned a major webcast in October, when many colleges and universities celebrate their sustainability initiatives. I’m particularly excited about the program this year, because of the cross-section of panelists, and the program moderator is Andy Revkin, science editor for The […]

Improved Website!

Who doesn’t like upgrades? We sure do, especially when the final result allows us to spend less time and effort with maintenance. Enter our new website, backed by Drupal. I am moving right along with converting our website into a more user (and management) friendly version. With some delays, I hope to have the new […]

Testing computer power management software

Today, May 13, marks the middle of a two week OSU test to see how much energy – electricity specifically – can be saved by wider implementation of computer power management settings. While it may seem pretty trivial to look at powering down computers and monitors when not in use, the savings add up.  While […]