Archive for November, 2010

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

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

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 center [...]

Sustainable Cooking Featured at College of Health & Human Sciences

Friday, November 19th, 2010

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 help the [...]

Sustainaball Tonight!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

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 them [...]

2nd Building Energy Challenge Ramps Up

Monday, November 15th, 2010

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

Monday, November 15th, 2010

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 [...]

Sustainaball Concert coming soon!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

On November 18th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the MU Ballroom the Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative and ASOSU are hosting a FREE concert intended to spread awareness about sustainability issues through the local arts, and through an involvement fair composed of various student and community groups.
Many of the environmental and social issues [...]

EPA recycling challenge fundraises for local food share

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

As mentioned previously on this blog, OSU is competing for the first time in the EPA Game Day Challenge, a nationwide competition between universities to reduce waste at football games.
Campus Recycling, OSU Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Linn Benton Food Share, and a group of dedicated volunteers came together at the October 30th OSU [...]

SSI offers worm compost bin workshop

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Interested in composting your food waste but don’t know how to get started? Don’t have a lot of space or lack a yard? The Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is offering a workshop to get you started.
SSI is hosting a worm compost bin workshop Monday, November 8th, at 5:00 pm at the Student Sustainability Center (738 [...]

Higher Ed Board Adopts Sustainability Policy

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Last week, Higher Education Board member David Yaden sent this message to stakeholders throughout the Oregon University System, describing recent action by a Board subcommittee:
The Board of Higher Education has accepted the final report from the Sustainability Initiatives Committee and adopted the proposed Sustainability Policy for OUS. The policy establishes sustainability as a core value [...]