Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Campus Steam Pipe Insulation

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

As a part of the OSU Sustainability Office, we are working hard to ensure that steam pipes are properly insulated throughout campus.  A few of the mechanical rooms we have installed insulation include Wiegand, Kerr, Dearborn, Hovland, and the Women’s Building.  The most recent mechanical room that needed insulation was East Greenhouse.
East Greenhouse had one [...]

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations are Being Installed!

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Cherry City Electric will begin installing the long awaited electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on campus today. The chargers will be connected to Ecotality’s Blink Network, where the charging station status can be checked from a computer or smartphone. Anybody will be able to charge their cars at Blink charging stations and membership is not [...]

Energy and Water Use Changes with the Seasons

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Summer is upon us!  The wildflowers are blooming and the (native) grasses are getting taller.  As seasons change so does the way we use energy and water.  Even though OSU strives to become a more efficient user of energy and water we still have a large footprint overall.  In the winter, OSU uses lots of [...]

Annual Earth Week celebration starts Saturday!

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The long-standing Earth Week celebration at OSU is a week of fun and educational activities geared toward raising environmental awareness and engagement, taking place April 21-28 this year.
Whether you are interested in bringing out your wild side at Earth Ball 2012, getting your hands into the dirt at the annual Hoo Haa at the Organic [...]

Campuses Take Charge Begins!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The two-month-long energy conservation effort Campuses take Charge has officially kicked off at OSU as of April 2nd. The campaign encourages students to try new energy-saving actions for a month, and to log their conservation data after they are finished. The campaign is sponsored by Energize Corvallis, the OSU Sustainability Office, and the Student Sustainability Initiative.
To join, students [...]

New LEDs for the Valley Library

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

LEDs in the Valley Library.

The OSU Sustainability Office will be funding and replacing halogen track lights in the Valley Library with LEDs. LEDs are much more efficient than halogens and last much longer. The replacement the building’s track lights alone will save over $3,000 a year in energy savings.
The old halogen lights are also not suitable for lighting [...]

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference Comes to Corvallis

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

The Harvesting Clean Energy (HCE) conference is the Northwest’s premiere event bringing together the agriculture and energy industries to advance opportunities for rural communities to produce clean energy, boost struggling rural economies, and help the region and nation meet the energy challenges of the coming decade.
Now in its 12th year, Harvesting Clean Energy consistently draws [...]

OSU Energy Meters: What they are and why they matter

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

An important part of sustainability is understanding energy consumption.  Therefore, OSU tracks monthly energy, water and steam usage on campus by reading and recording data from every meter in each building on campus.  This monthly task takes many hours as campus has many buildings and each building can have several meters.
During meter reading, data is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]