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Sustainability at OSU

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OSU Starts Has a FAT KOW

Mon, 17 May 2010 16:02:07 PDT

OSU students have started a food action team (FAT) kitchen on wheels (KOW) that is selling healthy, affordable meals produced with local and organic ingredients. The KOW has been in operation all term, with great success. It serves two days a week outside Bexell Hall in the center of campus.

OSU Turns to the STARS for Sustainability Rating

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:33:12 PDT

OSU is joining many other colleges and universities in the US and Canada as a charter participant in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a self-reporting framework for institutions to gauge progress toward sustainability.

Moreland Hall Wins OSU Energy Challenge!

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:11:54 PDT

Results are in for the first annual OSU Building Energy Challenge! Moreland Hall, home to the English and Sociology departments, won by reducing electrical consumption a whopping 32.5% during the month of February compared to their February baseline. Women's Building and Bexell Hall also reduced consumption significantly, with 28.8% and 13.6% reductions, respectively.

OSU Students Fund Energy Projects

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:28:01 PST

OSU students keep stepping up financial support for sustainability at OSU. They have created the Sustainable Energy Revolving Loan Fund to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on campus. You can join them by making a contribution.

OSU Launches Building Energy Challenge

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:35:11 PST

This February, the Sustainability Office will organize the first annual OSU Building Energy Challenge. During the Challenge, buildings will compete to see who can save the most electricity and reduce OSU's $10 million annual energy bill. The winning building will see a portion of the financial savings directed to a project of the building occupants' choice.

Sustainability Office Offers New On-Campus Resources

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:20:40 PST

Two new programs, targeted specifically at OSU faculty and staff, have recently been created by the OSU Sustainability Office. A new email list and a Sustainability Advocates program offer a variety of ways for employees to get connected to peers and resources.

OSU Launches Sustainability Course Listing

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 15:45:59 PST

The OSU Sustainability Office, with help from the Student Sustainability Initiative, has begun an effort to count and list sustainability-related courses offered by OSU. The work builds on efforts by the Institute for Natural Resources in 2008.

Oregon State Once Again Designated Campus Sustainability Leader

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 11:22:46 PDT

Oregon State University has, for the third year in a row, been designated a "Campus Sustainability Leader" by the Sustainable Endowments Institute. This marks a track of continuous improvement for OSU, having moved up from a B- in 2008 to a B+ for 2010.

OSU Submits Climate Plan

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 11:35:33 PDT

As a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, OSU has created a plan to become climate neutral - by 2025. The campus community weighed in on the plan through on online survey to which over 1100 people responded.

First Sustainability Audit Follow Up Event

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 15:59:36 PDT

Since starting the sustainability audit program in January 2007, OSU could have saved over $100,000 annually in utility savings - if the audit recommendations were all followed. In an effort to improve implementation of audit advice, the Sustainability Office hosted its first audit follow up event at Adams Hall on Aug. 12.

OSU Supports da Vinci Days

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 13:24:30 PDT

An annual Corvallis tradition, the da Vinci Days festival, gets a large amount of support from OSU for 2009 as it has in years past. OSU Campus Recycling provides recycling services and the Solar Trailer. Stop by Green Town and visit the OSU Sustainability Office booth! (image)

OSU Solar Trailer Powers Tesla Roadster

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 11:20:18 PDT

On Tuesday, June 9, 2009, a visitor brought to campus his Tesla Roadster electric vehicle and requested a place to charge up for a few hours while conducting business at OSU. The Tesla is currently one of the top names in electric vehicles, both for performance and style. The OSU Solar Trailer was used to charge the Tesla from clean, renewable, student-designed sources. (image)

OSU Tests Computer Power Management Software

Mon, 18 May 2009 12:37:45 PDT

OSU is running a two week test of software that can remotely adjust power management settings on computers in order to save energy. Putting computers and monitors in standby at night and after periods of inactivity can save $15-35 per computer per year.

OSU Hosts Events for Earth Week 2009

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:57:16 PDT

An annual tradition at OSU, Earth Week this year will feature a wide-ranging menu of events and organizations. With over 50 participating groups, Earth Week 2009 is likely to attract the high turnout as in years past.

OSU Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:40:30 PDT

The OSU Sustainability Office has completed the university's second annual greenhouse gas report, covering the period from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008. Updated calculation methods and more comprehensive data collection has this time included Extension, OSU-Cascades Campus, Hatfield Marine Science Center and others. Analysis shows that the student renewable energy fee has reduced OSU emissions by 30% since last year. This report is currently one of the most inclusive and accurate in the US.

OSU Harnesses Power from Exercise Eqipment

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:26:51 PST

At Dixon Recreation Center, 22 elliptical exercise units have been outfitted with power-generating equipment that will convert human output into useful electricity. A kickoff event on Feb.18 will include a tour of the installation, demonstration and a short presentation on the technology.

LBCC and OSU combine efforts for Upcoming Events

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 14:37:17 PST

Linn Benton Community College will host events for the upcoming National Teach-In Feb.5. Several events throughout the day, including a panel of elected officials and a student-administrator dialogue to discuss global warming solutions, will occur on the Albany campus. In April, OSU will coordinate Focus the Nation events in Corvallis.

Sustainability Office Launches Blog

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 10:56:21 PST

(image) Ecologue, OSU's new sustainability blog launched in October, provides a place for informal discussion about sustainability-related topics. Anyone can respond to posts on the blog. If you're interested in starting original threads or making regular contributions, visit the blog to request credentials to lead the discussion online.

OSU Receives Green Power Leadership Award

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 11:59:47 PST

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given OSU a Green Power Leadership Award, recognizing students' outstanding financial commitment to purchasing renewable energy for the Corvallis campus. OSU gets 75% of its electricity from renewable sources, including wind, biomass and biogas. (image)

First Ever Oregon University System Sustainability Conference Set for Oct.23, 24

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 09:27:12 PDT

In cooperation with peers at PSU and UO, the OSU Sustainability Office has taken part in planning the first annual - and first ever - Oregon University System Sustainability Conference, set to take place in Eugene on October 23 and 24. With two full days of activities, workshops and speakers, the focus is on campus operations and student engagement around sustainability.

OSU Near the Top of Fall Campus Challenge

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 09:26:33 PDT

OSU is up against 12 other campuses in the first annual Fall Campus Challenge, an alternative transportation competition that aims to increase reliance on carpools, vanpools, transit, biking, walking and other alternative modes. Other competitors include Penn State, UO, Texas A&M, and UW. So far, OSU has bounced between 2nd and 4th place in the list, and we need more participants!

Corvallis Energy Challenge to Include OSU Greeks

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:36:49 PDT

OSU has participated in the Corvallis Energy Challenge since it launched in March 2008. And after several energy reviews of OSU housing and dining buildings, the Greek system will begin its own challenge in October. With energy reviews of Greek houses and competitions between houses, the Energy Challenge hopes to help Greeks reduce costs and energy use across Corvallis.

OSU Industrial Assessment Center Saves Energy

Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:21:32 PDT

The OSU IAC, supported by U.S. Department of Energy, provides no cost energy, waste and productivity assessments to small and medium-sized manufacturers. The IAC has recently audited two buildings at OSU and plans to do about four more. The assessments save OSU energy and money, and train students in real world applications.

OSU Shares in da Vinci Days Green Town

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:57:33 PDT

(image) Several OSU groups are participating in Green Town at da Vinci Days, Corvallis' annual art, science and technology festival. OSU's Sustainability Office will host tours of Kelley Engineering Center, give a brief presentation on sustainability efforts on campus, participate in the electric vehicle parade and host a booth in Green Town.

State Tax Credit Program Benefits OSU and Tax Partners

Wed, 18 Jun 2008 15:43:05 PDT

OSU is developing a new way to allow financial support of sustainability on campus through the state's Business Energy Tax Credit program. Because OSU has no tax liability, but does have eligible projects, it's allowed to "pass through" its credit to anyone with an Oregon tax liability.

Electronic Carpool System Launched

Fri, 09 May 2008 10:00:36 PDT

The OSU Sustainability Office has launched a new electronic carpool and ride matching service. The regionally-based secure system connects prospective drivers and riders via email and has optional features like text messaging and advanced mapping. The system is open to any user.

OSU Ranks 4th Nationally in Green Power, Wins PAC-10

Fri, 09 May 2008 10:00:11 PDT

OSU is the fourth-largest college or university purchaser of renewable energy as determined by U.S. EPA's Green Power Challenge. EPA also recognized OSU as the PAC-10 Conference Champion, purchasing more renewable energy than any other school in the Conference.

OSU Hosts Town Hall Attended by 600

Mon, 14 Apr 2008 12:18:20 PDT

When asked to envision what a sustainable Corvallis means to them, community members turned out by the hundreds to weigh in. OSU students showed up in impressive numbers, as did faculty and staff. This was the first of three town hall meetings held to help determine the community's future.

OSU Celebrates Earth Week April 21-25

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 11:22:46 PDT

An annual tradition at OSU has been strengthened in recent years by exceptional student leadership. Earth Week will feature dozens of events and groups from around Oregon. The capstone event is the April 22 Community Fair, held in the Memorial Union Quad.

President Ray Takes Energy Challenge

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 12:10:56 PDT

OSU President Ed Ray and his wife, Beth, live in one of the first homes to receive a home energy review as part of the Corvallis Energy Challenge. If you have a Corvallis home built before 1993, sign up at

Corvallis Launches Energy Challenge

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 10:40:55 PST

Energy Trust of Oregon and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition are launching the Corvallis Energy Challenge March 1. OSU is playing a major role in the Challenge, including conducting an energy review of President Ed Ray's house in hopes of inspiring community members to do the same. OSU also will host 4 student workers who will support Energy Trust's goal of 1000 home energy reviews by the end of summer.

New Fund Established for Sustainability

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 15:58:03 PST

Last April, OSU students voted to impose a student fee with the goal of offsetting 100 percent of OSU's electrical consumption with green energy. Now, students are inviting contributions from non-students to help reach the 100 percent goal. The OSU Foundation has established the Sustainability Fund to make these donations possible.

OSU Ranked As A Campus Sustainability Leader

Wed, 14 Nov 2007 11:02:10 PST

Oregon State University has been ranked in the Top 25 for 2008 in the second-annual "College Sustainability Report Card," an assessment of sustainability in higher education. The report card examined campus operations and endowment practices. OSU scored high marks in operations and campus management.

OSU Tests Green Roofs for NW Region

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 11:05:24 PDT

OSU's Green Roof Technology project opened this summer with 25 test plots to determine the best green roof species for northwest climates. Test plots are located at the Oak Creek Center for Urban Horticulture on OSU's Corvallis campus and on the roof of the Portland Building in downtown Portland.

Student Sustainability Center opens

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 15:07:00 PDT

OSU students, supported by student fee money, opened the Student Sustainability Center Sept. 18. The goal of the center is to model sustainable practices and serve as a networking forum for students to connect around sustainability issues.

Science camp to include Oak Creek

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:41:37 PDT

OSU's Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) program uses the Oak Creek area of campus to educate middle school children about watershed health. As a primer for urban stream restoration, students spent a short time investigating stream plant and tree species in the lower reaches of Oak Creek.

Oak Creek restoration involves OSU volunteers

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 13:35:12 PDT

Several OSU departments, including facilities services, horticulture, and the new student sustainability initiative, are partnering to restore the lower reaches of Oak Creek, one of Corvallis' significant natural features. Volunteers are removing invasive blackberries and ivy this summer, and will plant native trees and shrubs this fall.

OSU participates in Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 14:15:54 PDT

Several OSU departments have joined in the new Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, a group working to make Corvallis a more sustainable community. In addition to networking and becoming better connected, the coalition supports the community with experts in areas including energy, food, education, green building, land use and sustainable economic development.

OSU students vote to pay for green energy

Thu, 17 May 2007 10:32:16 PDT

Students at OSU have elected to pay for renewable energy through a new student fee. The overwhelming support for the measure followed a campaign that started in fall 2006. The money raised will purchase the production of clean electricity, most likely wind power.

President Ray signs presidents' climate commitment

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 10:05:18 PDT

On Wednesday, April 11, OSU President Ed Ray signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment requires OSU to launch a two-year planning process to outline its path toward becoming climate neutral. Because OSU signed before June 30, it is a charter member.

OSU explores climate commitment

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:50:08 PDT

The Provost's Sustainability Council at OSU is recommending that President Ed Ray sign the Campus Climate Commitment. The commitment sets a planning timeline for achieving climate neutrality for campus operations and accelerates research and educational efforts to re-stabilize the earth's climate. Each signing institution is asked to set its own reasonable target dates for climate neutrality.

Facilities Services offers sustainability audits

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:20:25 PST

OSU Facilities Services is offering free sustainability audits of campus workplaces to help building occupants understand and have control over their environmental impacts. Audits range in scope from individual offices to entire buildings, and one audit of a small office suite yielded $122 per year in savings from recommended changes.

OSU and Allied Waste train master recyclers

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 16:01:50 PST

Campus Recycling and Allied Waste have teamed up to offer a master recyclers course. The class covers all aspects of waste reduction and is offered free to participants who agree to "pay forward" what they have learned with 30 hours of community service. For more information, go to

OSU offers online graduate certificate in sustainable natural resources

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:46:45 PST

College of Forestry faculty have teamed up with five other OSU departments and Extended Campus to offer a graduate certificate in sustainable natural resources. The new online program will begin winter term, January 2007.

Beaver Bus offers late night transportation option

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:20:24 PST

(image) Corvallis Transit System, the Associated Students of OSU, and local businesses have recently teamed up to provide a transit service known as the Beaver Bus. Two hourly routes were created, running on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. during weeks when school is in session.

Students explore renewable energy purchase

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:24:28 PST

Student government at OSU is asking students how much, if anything, they would be willing to pay to power OSU with renewable energy. If students choose 100 percent green energy, the university will be 14th on EPA's national list of top 25 renewable energy purchasers. Among U.S. higher education institutions, OSU would rank second only to University of Pennsylvania.

OSU designated a best workplace for commuters

Tue, 17 Oct 2006 12:55:03 PDT

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently added OSU to the list of Best Workplaces for Commuters. The designation recognizes OSU for outstanding efforts to offer commuters (employees and students) alternatives to driving alone in their cars.

Governor wants state facilities on green power

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 15:50:03 PDT

Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants Oregon government to be the leader in renewable power. He has set a goal for all state facilities, including university campuses, to switch to 100 percent renewable energy sources like wind, solar and geothermal by 2010.

OSU aims for "August in Motion"

Thu, 17 Aug 2006 14:34:48 PDT

OSU is participating in August in Motion, a month-long celebration of bicycling and walking in Corvallis and Benton County. Events encourage people to be more physically active and reduce their impact on the environment. OSU Student Health's Beaver Strides and the OSU Alternative Transportation Advisory Committee are assisting with events and promotion.

Preservation equals sustainability

Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:39:17 PDT

Manufacturing, harvesting and construction/demolition processes consume large amounts of energy and, because of this, preserving existing structures can be much more sustainable than new construction. OSU has a $190,000 historic preservation grant from the Getty Foundation to help develop a historic preservation plan for the Corvallis campus.

Oregon Sustainability Board Meets at OSU

Mon, 19 Jun 2006 14:25:15 PDT

The Oregon Sustainability Board met at OSU on June 2 to conduct regular business, hear about OSU initiatives, and tour key OSU facilities. Board chair Secretary of State Bill Bradbury expressed how impressed he is at the depth and breadth of OSU resources.

Wind power carries economic potential

Thu, 18 May 2006 15:36:44 PDT

Many Oregonians are familiar with the environmental benefits of wind power. But an OSU Extension report has examined the economic revitalization wind industry could bring to parts of Eastern Oregon, including permanent jobs harvesting a clean, high-demand commodity: electricity.

OSU and City Work Together on Transit

Thu, 20 Apr 2006 11:05:19 PDT

(image) Working for several months to streamline transit service without increasing costs, OSU and the City of Corvallis have revised Corvallis Transit System and OSU Shuttle routes. Because of cooperative planning, the changes to both systems facilitate better transfers for OSU riders and integrate the needs of both systems.

New OSU institute coordinates water-related activities

Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:26:27 PST

Although winter rains may dampen memories of recent water issues in the Klamath Basin and elsewhere, underlying problems remain. OSU is ideally positioned to assume a leadership role in addressing water problems, with about 80 faculty in six colleges teaching and conducting research in areas related to water and watersheds.

Sustainability efforts draw media spotlight

Mon, 13 Feb 2006 11:22:20 PST

Recent media coverage in the Corvallis Gazette-Times highlights some of OSU's current strategies to reduce the university's impacts on the environment.

Reser Stadium goes green?

Thu, 19 Jan 2006 15:58:23 PST

(image) In addition to bleeding orange and black, Reser Stadium now bleeds a bit of green - even on Civil War game days. The more sustainable features of the new side of Reser include outperforming Oregon energy code by 32 percent, use of at least 35 percent local materials, and use of reclaimed wood products.

Sustainability website offers resource for community

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 09:43:48 PST

A new Oregon State University website is designed to be an information resource for not just the campus, but for city and statewide audiences as well. OSU's sustainability site links a variety of on- and off-campus resources, from key OSU research initiatives and our Institute for Natural Resources to the City of Corvallis Transit System.