Archive for the ‘Energy’ Category

Energy Civil War: Oregon in the lead as of November 16th

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The University of Oregon is ahead after two days of the Energy Civil War.
However, Oregon State is off to a great start this morning. There will be one more reading for this week and then we’ve got all weekend to try and close the gap before the home stretch next week!
The Energy Civil War runs [...]

Welcome the Eco-Reps!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This year the OSU Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling, UHDS, RHA, Student Leadership and SSI came together to create the Eco-Representative Pilot Program for school year 2012/2013 in select resident halls.  This program was developed with the goal of hiring resident representatives in select resident halls to represent OSU Campus Sustainability.

Eco-Reps are responsible for advancing and [...]

Through Nov 30 – Instant Rebates of Up to $2,500 on Home Energy Upgrades

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Does your home feel drafty?  Is your water heater on the brink?  Are your utility bills just too darn high? Clean Energy Works Oregon can help! This program is new to Benton County and Albany, and residents who apply before November 30th will be eligible for up to $2,500 in instant rebates. You’ll also receive:
· Project [...]

Now Hiring resident hall Eco-Reps!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Campus Recycling, the OSU Sustainability Office, University Housing and Dining Services and the Student Sustainability Initiative are recruiting resident students to serve as paid Eco-Representatives (Eco-reps) in three residence halls this academic year (applicants from all halls are welcome).
Eco-reps will work to educate their peers about sustainable lifestyles and resources, assist with marketing and outreach [...]

About Solar & Electric Vehicles at OSU

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The OSU Solar Vehicle Team is a group of OSU students, staff, and faculty working together to design, build, and race solar-powered vehicles. The organization is dedicated to providing hands-on experience with solar-electric vehicles, interdisciplinary learning in engineering and business, and education and outreach in sustainability by direct interactions with the community and industry.
The Phoenix [...]

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The OSU Sustainability Office is currently surveying campus to replace electric storage water heaters with heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) to cut down our energy usage. A few of the existing electric storage models use nearly 5000 kWh per year. The most efficient electric storage water heaters have an Energy Factor (EF) of 0.95 due [...]

Solar Trailer Battery Upgrade

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The 3.2 volt 180 amp-hour (Ah) Lithium Ion battery has an outstanding life cycle of 2000 (number of times the battery can withstand being completely charged and then discharged).  There are 16 high capacity battery packs,  each containing 3 individual batteries connected in parallel to reach 540Ah.  Each pack can deliver 540 amps for an hour or [...]

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 [...]