April 17th, 2013 | Brandon
OSU received 98 points out of a possible 99 as a ‘green’ school in the latest edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” The Princeton Review analyzes data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
You can find OSU’s info on page 102 of the 217 page document and see the OSU press release.
Part of what has made OSU a sustainability leader is the volume and breadth of sustainability related work conducted here. Our faculty and staff achieve amazing things that align with OSU’s mission to promote economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. That, combined with an ever increasingly engaged student population has helped maintain OSU’s leadership in sustainability. Nice work everyone!
March 28th, 2013 | Nick Snowhill
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 gardens allow storm water to be channeled away from streets and filtered naturally before entering the groundwater. These are just some of the amazing features the City is planning to add to some of the streets around Corvallis.
Why is constructing healthy streets important? First off, storm water is a very important thing to manage. If the facilities to mitigate water runoff are inadequate or poorly designed all kinds of problems can arise. There can be flooding, sewer system damage, pollution in local streams, all costing thousands of dollars in repair to both the City and homeowners. Safety is another concern. A lot of traffic collisions are due to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians simply not seeing each other. New high viability crosswalks would decrease this problem and allow everyone to be a little safer on their trips around town.
The City can’t find every problem by itself, and that’s why they need you! Corvallis residents are encouraged to come share their insight on what problems there are around Corvallis. Corvallis is your city, you should get a say in how they improve it. You can read the minutes from the Technical Advisory Group here. They are in charge setting the goals of the project and developing an evaluation technique for tracking the progress towards those goals.
The city will be holding four open house events at the following times and locations to answer questions and talk about the progress so far:
- Friday, March 29th, Noon to 9pm at Imagine Coffee (5460 SW Philomath Blvd.)
- Saturday, March 30th, 9am to 1pm at South Corvallis Co-op (1007 SE 3rd St.)
- Saturday, March 30th, 2pm to 7pm at Old World Deli (341 SW 2nd St.)
- Saturday April 6th, 9am to 1pm at Corvallis Senior Center (2601 NW Tyler Ave.)
Voice your opinion and join the planning initiative!. More information can be found at www.corvallisoregon.gov/healthystreets.
March 25th, 2013 | Brandon
Northwest Earth Institute discussion courses are a popular way to engage in locally-relevant conversations about the topics of our time. More than 130,000 people worldwide have participated in their discussion courses!
Beginning April 2, a Global Warming: Changing Course discussion group is starting in Corvallis at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall, NW Circle and 29t St. Course materials are $15.
Designed to be self-facilitated by groups of six to 12 people, the courses help spark conversation, reflection and action leading to real change within your life and community. Participants in this four part discussion course will:
- Explore personal values and habits as they relate to climate change
- Deepen in understanding of the history and science of global warming
- Consider both individual and community level actions to curb global warming.
For more information, visit the NWEI website or contact Karen Josephson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-738-2872.
March 12th, 2013 | Andrea Norris
Campus Recycling is now hiring for a Student Outreach Assistant to assist the Outreach Coordinator in educating and engaging the OSU community in recycling and waste reduction.
Job duties include planning events, coordinating the department compost program, tabling, giving presentations and more.
The student will start work in April 2013 and work 12-20 hours/week, at a starting wage of $9.50/hour. During spring 2013,the employee will work with the current student outreach assistant to be cross-trained until June.
Applications are due Sunday, March 31. For a full list of job duties, qualifications and application instructions, please download the full hiring announcement here.
Current Outreach Assistant Lindsey Almarode (center) tabling at the New Student Picnic last fall.
March 8th, 2013 | Andrea Norris
Congratulations for the Res. Hall Eco-Challenge Month winners, Weatherford for recycling and Hawley for electricity!
Weatherford recycled the most, 3.1 pounds per person over the three weeks, and won the RecycleMania Res. Hall trophy.
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Hawley used the least amount of electricity compared to an earlier baseline, and won a certificate.
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See the full results here and learn about Eco-Challenge Month here.
The res. hall competition may be complete, but the Civil War and national competition rolls on all the way to the end of March. Keep getting those recyclables in the bin to help OSU win! And check out the event line-up here.
March 5th, 2013 | Andrea Norris
RecycleMania is a 10-week national recycling competition between universities, which started January 20th and runs through March 30th.
OSU is competing to recycle the most both nationally and in the Civil War with the University of Oregon. As you can see, it is a tight competition this year!
Events and other opportunities are offered every week; here’s the line-up for the rest of the term:
- Fresh From the Faucet Tabling: Tuesday, March 5 & Wednesday, March 6, 10:00 am – 2:30 pm, MU Quad. Drop by to learn about the benefits of drinking tap water and get a free reusable bottle!
- Film Plastic & E-Waste Collection Week: Wednesday, March 6 at 9:00 am-7:30 pm and Thursday-Wednesday, March 7-8 and 11-13 at 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Recycling/Surplus warehouse, 644 SW 13th St. Bring electronics and film plastic for free recycling. Help OSU compete nationally! See a full list of accepted items here. Join on Facebook.
- Women’s Center Clothing Swap: Monday-Thursday, March 11-14, 9:00 am-6:00 pm and Friday, March 15, 9:00 am-5:00 pm, OSU Women’s Center. Bring what you don’t need, score something new! Join on Facebook.
- Departmental Shredding Discount Week: Monday-Friday, March 18-22, all OSU Corvallis campus dept. offices. 50% off all confidential shredding requests submitted online this week. OSU dept. materials only.
You can also participate in RecycleMania by throwing away less and recycling more.
March 4th, 2013 | Daniel.Cespedes@oregonstate.edu
Oregon State University and the Department of Student Leadership and Involvement (SLI) invite applications for our newly created Student Sustainability Advisor. This position is 12-month, 1.0 FTE professional faculty appointment. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Applications are due by March 31, 2013.
The Student Sustainability Advisor is charged with supporting and advising the STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE (SSI), a program that is part of Student Leadership & Involvement. The advisor will support the SSI in the development of long and short term vision and goals and in the implementation of a comprehensive, innovative sustainability programming model that is grounded in student development and sustainability education theory. This position supports the Oregon State University academic mission by developing engaged, reflective citizens, creating opportunities for experiential learning, and supporting the institutional strategic plan centered on healthy people, planet, and economy.
For a list of qualifications, a complete job description, and to apply online, please click here.
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received via OSU’s employment website by 3/31/2013. Oregon State University is an AA/EOE, and has a policy of being responsive to dual-career needs.