Archive for the ‘Natural Features and Landscaping’ Category

OSU news research and communications feature solar arrays in recent article

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Content adapted from OSU News & Research Communications, Mark Floyd

OSU takes part in Oregon University System’s “Solar by Degrees” Program
Oregon State University recently brought online the largest of it’s ground mounted solar electric arrays, covering 6 acres on the Corvallis campus.  In a Tuesday article from OSU News & Research Communications, the five ground-mounted photovoltaic [...]

SSI Travel Grantee: Amy Kordosky

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Amy Kordosky received an SSI Travel Grant of $250 to travel to Costa Rica during OSU’s Spring break and participate in a construction & renovation project in San Jose. She wrote up a blog post for the Ecologue to describe her experience and provided a few pictures.
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Ten engineers from Oregon State University, including myself, went [...]

TOP Indicators help with Tracking Oregon’s Progress

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Newly released by the Oregon Community Foundation and the OSU Rural Studies Program, Tracking Oregon’s Progress, or TOP Indicators are a new addition to the Oregon Explorer and Rural Communities Explorer’s Communities Reporter Tool.  They are aimed at helping understand trends in Oregon’s economy, people and communities and environment.

The TOP indicators include 89 metrics from [...]

SSI Travel Grantee: Danielle Heenehan

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Danielle Heenehan received an SSI Travel Grant for $160.90 to attend the Portland Mushroom Cultivation Weekend in November of 2013. Danielle wrote a short summary and brought back a few pictures for the Ecologue.
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Fungi are some of the most important and ecologically diverse groups of organisms on the planet. They play an important role [...]

Garden workparty event at the SSC!

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Winter Work Party – Come help SSI prepare for spring!!!
It’s the last garden work party of the season and we’re getting ready for spring with a bang!
Help us prepare the SSI student garden for Spring Term and:

Win fabulous and useful prizes!
Enjoy provided snacks and beverages!
Take a break from studying; clear your mind and dirty those [...]

Naturescape Your Yard Workshop

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Tonight at 7:30 PM is the first of a 3 week workshop where Beth Young will teach how to bring the beauty of nature to your own backyard without using pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or even excessive watering! Learn how to work with nature to create the garden you’ve always wanted! The class, “Naturescape Your Yard”, is [...]

Take Charge of your Carbon Emissions This Fall

Monday, October 21st, 2013

The OSU Sustainability Office and Energize Corvallis have teamed up to help answer some burning questions.
Did you know that by placing a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner you are wasting about 40% of the heating energy being used to prepare food?  …or that properly inflated tires save about 3% of your fuel use, the equivalent [...]

Centennial Tree Celebration/ Arbor Day /Earth Week/Tree Planting

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Celebrate ArborDay and Earth Week with a Tree Planting on the Library Quad.
One Hundred years ago the class of 1913 planted the majestic elm trees we now enjoy in the Library Quad.
Come join in as we plant a tree as a gift to the next 100 years and honor and appreciate the gift of 1913
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Earth Week kicks off tomorrow! Runs April 20-27.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

At OSU, we have been celebrating Earth Day ever since the first one in 1970. But we’re too hardcore for just one day of observance of this amazing planet we live on, so we celebrate for a full week! Hence: Earth Week, a week of fun and educational activities geared toward raising environmental awareness and [...]

Healthy Streets Initiative Begins

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The City of Corvallis is inviting Corvallis residents to join in on the Healthy Streets Planning Initiative.  “Healthy streets” are specially designed to be more environmentally friendly as well as safer for everyone.  High visibility crosswalks help reduce vehicle/pedestrian crashes.  Shared-use paths and a bike corridor make biking easier and safer.  Curb extensions with rain [...]