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3-Day Clearance at OSUsed Store August 20-22

Ecologue - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 8:00am

The OSUsed Store is open for a 3-day clearance sale this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 20-22, at 12-4 pm each day. Take advantage of extended hours and extra low prices!

Look for special green clearance stickers on merchandise throughout the store; the prices on those items will drop throughout the week – 25% off Wednesday, 50% off Thursday and 75% off on Friday! Clearance prices will apply to specially marked items only.

Available merchandise will include computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). The store is operated by OSU Surplus Property and sells surplus equipment and material to departments on campus, as well as members of the public during special public sales, in an effort to reduce landfill waste.

The OSUsed Store carries a variety of used items for sale. Click to view larger.

Public sales are typically held on Wednesdays throughout the year. This three-day clearance sale occurs annually at the end of the summer to make room for furniture that is moved around and replaced at the start of the school year.

While our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases, departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales. Clearance prices are only valid during the public sale times listed above, however.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our public sale page or contact us.

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Question of the Week: What Goes in a Worm Bin

Ecologue - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 3:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU spork and a $1 Gift Certificate to any UHDS Dining Center.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Shown below are five images of items which can be composted. Which item(s) can NOT be put into a worm bin?

Answer

Animal food waste and compostable servingware are not compostable in a worm bin.

Food waste from animal products, such as meat, dairy, and eggs, can cause strong, unpleasant odors and attract pests. Meanwhile, the compostable servingware requires high temperatures, such as those created at the PRC, in order to break down. Both of these items may be composted in the curbside Yard Debris bins in Corvallis.

In a worm bin, cardboard should be torn into small strips or chunks to make it easier for the worms to digest, and fruits and vegetables which can alter the pH of the environment (ie, tomatoes and citrus) should be avoided or kept in small quantities.

Campus Recycling can provide worm bins or other composting options to interested departments, who need only to fill-out a request form to sign up.

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Field Work Opportunity: Rim Fire Conifer Regeneration Study

Ecologue - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:16pm

Drs. Chad Hanson and Dominick DellaSala are looking for field work assistance for an upcoming survey taking place in the Rim fire burn. The survey will be taking place in late August or early September of this year and all surveyors will work in teams of two.

Surveying will involve hiking cross-country through uneven terrain of varying degrees of steepness for approximately 8 hours per day.  Surveyors will need to be fit, and will need to bring basic essentials, including hiking boots, hat, sunblock, food and water each day.

Post-fire natural conifer regeneration surveys will be conducted in the 10 largest high-severity fire patches in montane conifer forest predominantly or entirely on USFS lands in the Rim fire burn, Stanislaus National Forest, western/central Sierra Nevada, using the standard high-severity fire threshold (Miller and Thode 2007).

From the nearest access point, surveys will be conducted in plots along transects through the center of the patches, with plots spaced by 200 m.  All plots will be 0.02 ha in size, and square, with corners facing in the four cardinal directions.  All distances will be determined with a laser hypsometer.  For the five largest high-severity fire patches, three transects will be conducted—one in northern portion, one in central portion, and one in southern portion.

In each plot, surveyors will: 1) mark the center point and corners with colored flags on steel posts; 2) record GPS coordinates of the center point; 3) record the species, diameter at breast height (dbh), and live/dead status of each pre-fire tree >30 cm dbh; 4) record the distance of the three nearest live trees to the plot’s center point, and the species of each of these trees; 5) record the plot’s aspect and slope; 6) record the number of conifer seedlings of each species in the plot; 7) record the height (cm) and species of the five tallest conifer seedlings in the plot; 8 ) record the number of oak seedlings and oak sprouts from the base of trees for which the above-ground portion was killed; and 9) record ground cover (both live foliage and twigs/needles).

The final product will be a manuscript coauthored by Drs. Chad Hanson and Dominick DellaSala with authorships offered to students working on the project. They are also seeking modest travel support to cover expenses in the field for about a week of work.

You can read DellaSala’s rainforest blog here and if you are interested in this project please contact Dominick A. DellaSala by email.

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“Let’s Pull Together!” Invasive Plant Eradication Event

Ecologue - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 4:40pm

On Saturday, September 6th, bring your friends and family to help remove invasive plant species! The Marys River Watershed Council, a member organization of Benton Country Cooperative Weed Management, is hosting an invasive plant species removal project at a stream restoration site on Beaver Creek.

The group will be removing English ivy at the site from 9 to noon on Saturday the 6th, followed by a celebration at Willamette Park from noon to 3.

Let’s Pull Together is a trademarked event of the Orchard District Neighborhood Association (ODNA) in Bend, Oregon. ODNA began the Let’s Pull Together Event in 2003, to raise awareness about knapweed.

The mission of the Benton County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) is to coordinate community-based efforts against those invasive species that have the potential to cause ecological and economic harm in Benton County.

You can learn more at the CWMA’s website and sign up for the event here. Join in and take a step to reduce the impacts of invasive plants!

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Question of the Week: Percent of E-waste in Landfills

Ecologue - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable 20 oz. OSU water bottle.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

E-waste is defined as any discarded electronics, and represents 2% of the trash in landfills. How much of the overall toxic waste does it account for?

Answer

While e-waste only represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills, it makes up 70% of the overall toxic waste.

E-waste contains many toxic chemicals, including lead, mercury, arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium. Between 80 to 85% of electronics are discarded in landfills or incinerators.

Materials Management is currently hiring an E-Waste Project Coordinator to help with its goal of becoming e-Stewards certified by April 2015. E-Stewards is a worldwide recognized standard for organizations who dispose electronic waste responsibly. Click here to learn more about the e-Stewards certification.

And congratulations to Seema Mangla for winning this week’s Question!

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Solar at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Ecologue - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:07pm

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center, the site of OSU’s newest solar array, has been successfully using the produced energy for more than 5 months now.

The solar array is part of a larger OSU initiative to utilize alternative energy at its facilities. This installation, on the NWREC’s 160 acre farm across from Charbonneau and Miley Road, began construction last October and began producing electricity at the beginning of the new year.

The Center’s energy consumption per month is approximately 20,000 kWh and the new array has been producing between 23,000 and 35,000 kWh, considerably more than is needed. Conveniently, the excess energy is put back into the grid and the Center is given credits towards energy use during the lower production months. It is forecasted that six to seven months of the year the array will produce more energy than necessary which will help cover the remaining costs.

At NWREC, bills are paid to Solar City, who owns the array and is responsible for all the operations and maintenance, as well as PGE for line/meter charges and any power needed that isn’t produced with the solar system. So far, the NWREC expects to reduce annual electrical bills by about 50% or $10-50,000.

A more recent addition to the array includes a new form of vegetation management. There are three sheep grazing on site for the summer to utilize the plentiful grass. The sheep are a great, low maintenance way to keep the vegetation in check and make for some happy sheep. The NWREC is also  looking at developing bee pollinator habitat for the array in 2015.

Don’t forget you can monitor the array’s data records here to see how they are doing now and in the months to come.

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Conservation and Wildlife at Oregon State

Ecologue - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 2:47pm

The National Wildlife Federation recently highlighted Oregon State in an article about the University’s commitment to conservation and wildlife. Kristy Jones, the manager of campus climate education and action in National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program, had this to say about OSU’s accomplishments.

“Oregon State University in Corvallis is committed to conservation and wildlife both on and off campus. OSU has proven to be a leader in campus sustainability for many years. In 2011, National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology program recognized OSU for their Energy Center, the nation’s first LEED Platinum-rated power facility and their Student Sustainability Initiative. OSU has also attained a Gold rating in STARS – the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System; received the highest green ranking in Oregon and was listed as 11th in the nation in the 2013 Sierra Club “Cool Schools” ranking; and placed first in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the annual Civil War RecycleMania competition with University of Oregon.

In addition to these accomplishments, OSU has also made a significant effort to protect wildlife and natural resources on campus through the Oak Creek Restoration project. Restoration efforts have included the removal of invasive species like Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, reforesting areas of the corridor, reconnecting the floodplain, and properly treating and buffering storm water discharge into the creek ensuring a healthy aquatic habitat for fish and amphibians. Oak Creek is also an outdoor learning lab – students have the opportunity to evaluate various restoration and protection methods, study riparian function and monitor stream improvements.

So, what else is OSU doing for wildlife?

OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute (MMI) is a facility that brings together the work and expertise of many programs including engineering, genetics, agriculture, aquatics, ecology, veterinary medicine, biology and communications.

“As the only institute of its kind, the Marine Mammal Institute combines the efforts of top researchers from around the world to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and understanding how they interact with their environment and human activities.”

The Institute consists of six labs,one of which is the Cetacean Conservation and Genomics Laboratory (CCGL). The CCGL is committed to researching the molecular ecology and systematics of whales, dolphins and porpoises around the world to learn from their past, assess their present, with an ultimate goal of ensuring these marine mammals thrive long into the future.

The lab looks at the impact of hunting on whale populations and the ecological role they played before human exploitation. To assess their current status, CCGL is involved in three collaborative studies focused on populations, genetic diversity and migration, specifically looking at Humpback and Sperm whales. CCGL alsosurveys the ‘whale-meat’ markets in Japan and the Republic of (South) Korea to learn more about what the future holds.

Learn more about OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute and their work on whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, and walruses.”

Oregon State University has always held its Conservation and Wildlife practices in the highest regard, which is reflected in the numerous facilities, programs, and events the school has to offer. If you would like to learn more about sustainability at OSU, click here!

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Question of the Week: Film Plastic Recycling

Ecologue - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win an OSU ChicoBag.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Film plastic is not accepted in campus or curbside recycling. Name three locations in Corvallis where you can take film plastic to be recycled.

Answer

In Corvallis, film plastic may be taken to the Republic Services Depot, as well as several grocery stores, including: Fred Meyer, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, and Winco.

Film plastic is the soft, stretchable plastic used for grocery bags and shrink wrap. Make sure that the film plastic is clean if you plan to recycle it.

This type of plastic is separately collected due to the damages it can cause to machinery at Material Recovery Facilities. Read more about this on our Recycling Mythbusters blog post.

And congratulations to Geoffrey Somnitz on Facebook, and Kit Arbogast here on the blog, for winning this week’s Question! Keep up the great work.


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New course offering: Social Dimensions of Sustainability

Ecologue - Tue, 07/29/2014 - 8:00am

A new online course will be offered during Fall 2014 for students in natural resources, environmental sciences, social sciences, and students interested in the Sustainability Double-Degree.

Beginning with a discussion on the importance of a social science perspective for study of sustainability issues, the course will compliment the ecological aspects of sustainability by exposing students to its social dimensions. The course will briefly examine the various theoretical and methodological tools for studying sustainability, with the remainder centering on the interrelationship between the environmental, social, economic and political structures associated with sustainability.

Course work will include online discussion board assignments, writing assignments, and a capstone project culminating in a critique of an organization’s social sustainability campaign message (including corporate social responsibility and social justice messages).

For more information, contact Lori Cramer or Derric Jacobs.

Course Details:

SOC399 (section 400): Social Dimensions of Sustainability

Credits: 4

CRN: 21086

Instructor: Derric Jacobs

Prerequisites: SOC204 (or permission of the instructor)

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Eco-Representatives at Oregon State

Ecologue - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 2:49pm

The close of the 2013-2014 school year marks the end of the second Eco-Representative pilot program here at Oregon State. Eco-Representatives are a new trend popping up in colleges and universities all over the country to promote sustainable behaviors within residence halls.

Eco-Representatives (Eco-reps) are responsible for advancing and institutionalizing a culture of sustainability in the residence halls in which they live. Overall, this position is responsible for educating residents about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assisting with marketing and outreach efforts for sustainability programs, and planning and executing sustainability-focused events.  Eco-reps report to staff in the OSU Sustainability Office, but work with multiple departments and organizations on campus to meet program goals.

Eco-reps work an average of 5 hours per week for 11 weeks during each term with the exception of fall term since recruitment and hiring take place at the beginning of the term.

OSU’s Eco-reps are supervised by Sonja Mae, Sustainability Program Specialist, and in conjunction with them she supports cross-departmental accountability on sustainability related projects.  During this last year there was an Eco-rep for Halsell, West, and Wilson residence halls.

One of the main focuses of Eco-reps this year was the composting pilot program. In total, the 3 halls composted 2,797 lbs in winter and spring terms. West collected more compost than all 3 halls last year combined! Each hall’s Eco-rep is in charge of educational outreach on compost management and the day-to-day oversight of the bins.

Below is a graphic showing the breakdown of composting in each hall.

FY13-14 Halsell West Wilson # floors 4 5 6 # residents† 217 204 346 # of occupied rooms† 174 118 197 # participating rooms (# pails) 27 68 7* Total weight - winter (lb) 199 729 293 Total weight - spring (lb) 161 1015 400 Total weight (lb) 360 1744 693 Av. weight per week (lb) 18.9 96.9 38.5 Av. weight per room per week (lb) 0.7 1.4 unknown* †As of 4/24/14  *Eco-Rep Only issued pails to 7 people on 1 floor but all floors contributed to compost

West and Halsell halls also gained a lot of recognition through their Eco-reps. West Hall received hall program of the year for Eco-Month and Halsell Hall won the RecycleMania competition this academic year.  All halls with Eco-reps had the highest percent of participation in the competition.  Lastly, for the fall event Electric or Treat, where SSI staff and Eco-reps handed out CFL bulbs for Halloween, the West Hall Eco-rep gave away 81 CFL bulbs in one afternoon in her hall, the highest of any staff.

So far the Eco-Representatives have been very effective at furthering sustainability goals in their residence halls and, therefore, campus at large.  Eco-reps fulfill an important and unique need at OSU; Eco-reps work in the same place where they live and play and therefore are able to reach their peers more effectively than posters, handouts or regular staff.

The goals for Eco-reps in the upcoming years are to expand the program to more halls and also to have the previous year’s reps available to train new students coming into the position.

If you are interested in the program or want to become an Eco-rep yourself, contact Sonja!

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Drive Less Save More: South Town

Ecologue - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:00am

The City of Corvallis is hosting free transportation outreach events all summer in South Corvallis.  While the “Drive Less Save More: Southtown” campaign is geared toward South Corvallis residents, the events are open to anyone! The next event is the Sage Concert Family Bike Ride on Thursday, July 24 at 5:30 p.m. The ride will start at Lily Park and end at Starker Arts Park for a free Sage Music Concert. Click Here to see the rest of the July events and stay tuned for more events in August and September.

This program is intended to further educate South Corvallis residents of their transportation options via events and what are called Go Kits. These kits are free, customizable, full of information and travels tools, and they will even be delivered to your door. Click Here to get your free kit.

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Question of the Week: Weekday Shopping at OSUsed Store

Ecologue - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:00am

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU spork.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

You may have heard of the OSUsed Store, which is run by Surplus Property here on campus. You may also know that public sales are held weekly, but what you may not know is that certain types of organizations can shop there throughout the week. What three types of organizations can shop at the OSUsed Store outside of the public sales?

Answer

OSU Departments, state and local government agencies, and certain nonprofit organizations may shop OSUsed outside of the public sale dates.

The above groups may shop during business hours on all weekdays except Wednesday. Individuals may shop for personal use during the public sales, which take place every Wednesday, and on the third Saturday of each month. See the calendar for 2014 public sale dates!

Be sure to check out Surplus’ Facebook page for neat deals on what’s being sold, as well as helpful reuse tips.

And congratulations to Arijit for once again winning this week’s Question! Keep up the great work.

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Free Cob Building Workshop

Ecologue - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 9:19am
Beginning Cob Lessons at the Old Mill Center

The Old Mill Center for Children and Families is currently hosting a summer     camp for children where participants will learn some introductory cob building skills. The goal is to build a small cob playhouse for the center and volunteer work would be a great help to get the walls up a little faster.

This is a fantastic learning opportunity for anyone interested in cob/natural building. Experienced builders are more than welcome but they are also happy to show the ropes to those with no experience. In exchange for a little bit of hard work you will learn the basics of what’s involved with building a cob house from the ground up!

This Thursday, July 24, at 1:30pm there will be a a volunteer orientation and work session at the Old Mill Center building site. This orientation will not include any contact with the children.  After Thursday volunteers can come at any time during the week after 1:30 pm. If you can’t come on Thursday but would still like to be involved please contact Zak Kahn at zkahn3@gmail.com.

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Corvallis Recycling Block Captains Needed

Ecologue - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 12:36pm

The Sustainability Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team is inviting Corvallis residents to participate in the Recycling Block Captains program.

As a recycling block captain, you can help educate your neighbors about recycling, composting, and waste prevention, as well as encourage their full participation in the opportunities that Republic Services is currently providing. The time commitment is 1-5 hours every three to five months (depending on how many homes you choose to cover), so it’s both easy and very beneficial to the neighborhoods that are served.

Recycling block captains have two primary responsibilities:

  1. Distribute recycling information to your neighbors 3-4 times per year.
  2. Serve as a liaison between your neighbors and the Coalition’s Waste Prevention Action Team (i.e. pickup your handouts quarterly and help answer your neighbors’ questions if/when they arise).

The Coalition provides the handouts; you define your own neighborhood (number of homes and location). You can see a map of existing neighborhoods and past handouts on their webpage.

Applications are due by July 27th, you can sign up for the program here!

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Question of the Week: Plastic Cold Cups

Ecologue - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU Cold Cup (with straw).

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Pictured below is a plastic cold cup. Into what bin on campus (excluding Res. halls) would you sort this into?

Answer

Plastic cold cups are considered trash.

Because cold cups are not one of the four shapes of plastic collected at OSU, they are not considered recyclable, and therefore should NOT go into the “containers” recycling.

Read our Recycling Mythbusters blog for more information on why some plastics are recyclable, while others aren’t. You can also visit the recycle guide to learn more about what types of plastic are recyclable on campus.

And congratulations to Arijit for winning this week’s Question of the Week!

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Question of the Week: Benefiting Organizations from Move-out

Ecologue - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 6:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU ChicoBag.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

OSU students donated 22,408 pounds of donations during this year’s move-out donation drive. Name four of the eight benefiting organizations who received donations this year.

Answer

The following organizations received donations from the Res. Hall Move-out Donation Drive:

You can learn more about move-out, including past years results, by visiting our webpage.

And congrats to Valeria for winning this week’s Question! Great job.

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OSU collects 11 tons during Donation Drive

Ecologue - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 3:41pm

We’ve finally finished collecting the weights from the wood donations, and the results are in: OSU students donated 22,408 pounds of donations as a part of the Res. Hall Move-out Donation Drive this year.

The weights by category are as follows:

  • 10,027 pounds of housewares
  • 1,897 pounds of food, toiletries, and school supplies
  • 6,664 pounds of clothing, bedding, and linens.
  • 3,820 pounds of wood
  • 296 pounds of electronic waste (not counted in donation total because it was recycled)

This year saw an increase in the amount of housewares that were donated, but large decreases in the other categories. The amount of E-waste which was collected remained about the same from last year.

It is uncertain what caused the decrease in donations, but some possible examples include less waste being generated (ie, students taking belongings home early) or donatable items being thrown away.

While this did not meet our goal of 28,000 pounds, it still exceeded the 2012 weight, as well as last year’s goal of 22,000 pounds. Over the past five years, OSU has diverted nearly 100,000 pounds of belongings from the landfill through the donation drive.

A total of 27 volunteers from the community helped sort the donations into their respective categories. The donations were given to local nonprofit organizations, such as the Heartland Humane Society, the Parent Enhancement Program, and the Linn Benton Food Share. A portion of the donations were also resold at the OSUsed Store to help cover the costs of collecting them throughout the donation drive.

We’d like to thank the students of OSU for once again making the donation drive a successful event, as well as all of the volunteers for helping us pick up and sort through all of the donations.

Visit the Move-out History page on our website to learn more about the results from previous years.

The Res. Hall Move-out Donation Drive is an annual event coordinated by Campus Recycling in collaboration with Surplus Property and University Housing and Dining.

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Question of the Week: Recycled Water Bottle Energy Savings

Ecologue - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:00pm

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable 20 oz. OSU water bottle.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Recycling saves energy, as it costs less to recycle a material than it does to make it from scratch. If you were to recycle five plastic water bottles, how many hours would you be able to power a 60 watt CFL light bulb from the energy savings? (Hint: The EPA has a calculator for this on their website.)

Answer

You could power a 60 watt CFL bulb for 48.9 hours with the energy savings from recycling five plastic water bottles.

The EPA reports that only 9% of the total plastic waste generated in 2012 was recycled. Excluding transportation energy, the US used approximately 17 million barrels of oil in the production of water bottles, enough to fuel a million American cars for a year. Combined with the fact that bottled water is more expensive than tap, the option does not appear to be a very sustainable one.

While important to recycle, it is even more important to reduce the amount of waste being produced in the first place. By using a durable reusable water bottle, you can save resources and money.

And congratulations to Lisa for winning this week’s Question!

Time for our Question of the Week! The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU cold cup with straw. Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please. Question of the Week - See more at: http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/blog/2014/06/question-of-the-week-ice-cream-containers/#sthash.hnUTYXnF.
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Student job opening: E-Waste Project Coordinator

Ecologue - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 9:30am

Materials Management (comprised of Campus Recycling and Surplus Property) is hiring one E-Waste Project Coordinator, a student worker position, for fall term 2014.

This position will help OSU become e-Stewards certified for electronic waste disposal by April 2015 (E-Stewards is a standard that is recognized worldwide for organizations who dispose of electronics responsibly). The position will also assess the current processes used for processing e-waste at OSU and make recommendations for improvements.

This position is funded through a Wage Grant from the Student Sustainability Initiative, but the employee will work at the Property Services Building at 644 SW 13th Street and report to the Warehouse Coordinator.

Job duties:
  • Identifying the qualification requirements for e-Stewards.
  • Evaluating OSU’s current vendors’ certifications and qualifications for e-Stewards certification.
  • Completing time studies on dismantling computers.
  • Researching and identifying vendors for computer components and raw materials.
  • Identifying space and tool requirements needed for disassembling computers.
  • Outlining safety issues and resolutions for disassembling computers.
  • Presenting to Materials Management proposals for alternative e-waste recycling options.

The successful applicant will determine the best processes for e-waste recycling and help OSU become e-Stewards certified.

More Information:

The student will start work near the beginning of fall term 2014 in late September and work 10-20 hours/week on weekdays 8 am-5 pm through the end of fall term in December (it is possible the employee could continue working beyond that date in a different role). Starting pay is $9.50/hr. The successful applicant may earn academic credits if allowable by their academic department.

Applications are due August 8th. For job requirements and application instructions, please visit Campus Recycling’s website.

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College of Ag – Open SDD Program Advisor Position

Ecologue - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 10:26pm

The College of Agricultural Sciences is looking for a full time employee for their SDD Program Advisor position.

The primary purpose of this position is to recruit for and advise Ecampus and campus-based students about the OSU Sustainability Double Degree (SDD) Program. This position requires knowledge of, commitment to, and participation in Oregon State University’s first-year academic advising program. This faculty member will design, maintain and/or carry out program activities to ensure that all people have equal employment opportunities and equal program participation opportunities.

This position will be 65% Recruiting/Advising, 30% teaching, and 5% serving.

The individual in this position will help students match their personal strengths and interests with opportunities within the University curriculum and they will help design assessment plans for the program.

Other than spending time with students, the position will involve maintaining student records using My Degrees and Banner as well as writing letters of recommendation for students in the program.

This position will include being the SDD Program’s internship coordinator and they will also monitor and modify curriculum. It will also be required to attend and participate in meetings, conferences, and seminars to gain ideas for program improvement and to promote programs.

Use of information technologies, like Blackboard, blogs, wikis, and various others will be important teaching tools and the individual will also develop and produce communication and recruitment materials for the SDD Program.

The successful candidate will work alongside the College Head Advisor and will serve on department, college, and university committees and maintain active membership and involvement in professional organizations.

A Master’s degree in environmental science, environmental economics, environmental sociology, sustainability, economics, or related field is required and experience teaching at a high school or college level is preferred.

See the link below for further information. To receive full consideration applications must be received by July 1, 2014.

Check out posting #0012608 on the OSU jobs page!

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