Archive for February, 2012

OSU’s Building Energy Challenge

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Thirteen dorms and four buildings around campus are committing to save energy through this year’s Building Energy Challenge. Participants are asked to perform various tasks to reduce their energy consumption—such as turning off lights, unplugging unused electronic devices, and replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). The Challenge will run from February 6th [...]

Recycling is hiring students to join our team!

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

OSU Campus Recycling and Surplus Property are currently hiring student employees to start as soon as possible.
Duties:

Sorting and pricing surplus
Recycling route pick-ups with state vehicles
Posting products online on Ebay and LabX
Surplus billing and shipping
Other warehouse activities associated with surplus and recycling
Loading trucks and lifting
Working in a warehouse environment where weather and temperatures can vary
Working up [...]

Donate to the Food Drive, get 25% off at the OSUsed Store

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Many people define sustainability as comprising environmental, economic and social realms combined.
Each winter, OSU works toward social sustainability by running the annual Food Drive, which is January 30 through March 2 this year.
Among the many drop-off sites are several fundraising events, such as this one, which also supports reuse:

Bring 3 or more food donation items [...]

Campus Energy Upgrades are Underway!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 directs that states focus funding on energy efficiency and renewable energy.  Thus, additional funding for Oregon’s State Energy Program (SEP) has increased and calls for directing funds to energy efficiency retrofits of buildings and supporting renewable energy projects. The goals of the SEP are to increase [...]

OSU, UP students join national efficiency competition

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Students in University of Portland’s LEED Gold-certified Fields and Schoenfeldt Halls will compete to try to save the most electricity and water.
Students at the University of Portland and Oregon State University are joining a national competition this month, going head to to head with students at schools around the country to reduce their electricity and [...]

OSU Printing and Mailing Services to become FSC Certified

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

OSU Printing and Mailing has begun the process of becoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody Certified! Upon completion of work to implement the FSC rules and procedures within the organization, they will be able to provide FSC Certified printed materials to any customer desiring their order to carry the certification mark. In addition to the [...]

Exciting Conversation between Nature Artists

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Join Bay-area sculptor Kate Stirr and Corvallis essayist Kathleen Dean Moore as they trade images and ideas about the creative impulse, sculpture and essay, the inspiration of oceans, and the resonance of art and nature. The conversation will be led by Spring Creek Project Director and poet, Charles Goodrich. Kate will show still and video [...]

Great Work Contest Calls for Writing and Video Entries

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

“The Great Work: Re-imagining Humanity as the Planet Changes” is a contest which invites OSU students to submit written works or videos that tell hopeful stories about new ways for humans to prosper on Earth. This contest is sponsored by the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, with support from [...]

RecycleMania brings many more opportunities in February

Monday, February 6th, 2012

RecycleMania continues! This annual recycling competition amongst U.S. universities is chock-full of activities and opportunities to have fun, score prizes, show your recycling pride, learn easy tips on how to reduce waste and help OSU win!
On offer for February:
Res. Hall Competition
February 6-24, all res. halls
For three weeks during the month of February, each of [...]

Alternative Spring Break Service Trips!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Instead of doing the normal Spring Break vacation, are you interested in serving a community with important and complex needs? The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program enables students to immerse themselves in a new and different community to learn its historical, sociological, cultural and/or political background. Each trip focuses on a particular social issue, such [...]