Archive for the ‘Student Sustainability Initiative’ Category

SSI Project Grant: Solar Vehicle Team Solar Array

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The OSU Solar Vehicle Team received $3,000 in funding from the SSI this term. Project leader Wilkins White and the team used the grant funds to build a new car for competition in the World Solar Challenge in 2015. Funding from the SSI offered students first-hand experience working with solar energy and the basic knowlege [...]

SSI Project Grant: Food Group Cooking Classes

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

The OSU Food Group received $800 in funding from the SSI in order to host two cooking classes during the Spring term of 2014. The specific goals of these cooking classes were to 1) instill knowledge about basic cooking skills and empower participants to cook for themselves; 2) impart knowledge about local and sustainable food [...]

SSI Travel Grantee: Rachel Tholl

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Rachel Tholl received a $50 SSI Travel Grant to travel to Tempe, Arizona to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University from March 21-23, 2014. She wrote a brief blog post for the Ecologue to describe the experience.
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The Clinton Global Initiative first caught my eye when the SSI Faculty Advisor, Jen Christion-Myers, brought it up at [...]

SSI Travel Grantee: Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey, a graduate student in the Masters of Public Policy program at OSU, received a graduate travel award of $500 to travel to and participate in the 2014 meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society (WDAFS) held April 6-11 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

I have been fortunate to present at dozens of [...]

Get your fix at Tuesday’s Repair Fair

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Repair Fairs are a twice-per-term event series sponsored by the student group Waste Watchers, a joint group of Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative.
The way it works: You bring your broken items and volunteers show you how to repair your belongings, plus you can drop-in for demos to learn new D.I.Y. skills! [...]

Earth Week Events!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

OSU Earth Week is fast approaching and sure to be a crowd-pleaser! This year Earth Week takes place from April 20th-26th 2014. We have a long list of really fun and exciting events to check out.

For more information visit:
Our Facebook Page and
The Earth Week Website
New this year: Each day of the week has a theme:

Sunday [...]

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 [...]

Campus Conservation Nationals 2014 Results

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest conservation competition for colleges and universities in the world! This friendly competition measures the percent reduction of electricity and water usage in the residence buildings on campuses. Last year, the competition saved over 2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 1.5 million gallons of water! This year, our campus [...]

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 [...]

SSI Travel Grantee: Casey Taylor

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

SSI Travel Grantee Casey Taylor writes about her experience at the Ecological Society of America’s Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August of 2013.