Help pick sustainability highlights and innovations!

January 9th, 2015 | Brandon

The Sustainability Office is chugging through our Fiscal Year 2014 assessment for the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System and we need your help on two items!

STARS Innovation credits

Innovation credits report activities that are over and above what is otherwise captured by STARS.  For a full definition (nerd alert), check pages 308-310 (of 350) in the STARS Technical Manual.

Past STARS LogoInnovation examples include Repair Fairs, the sustainability double degree, Collaboration Corvallis and the Sustainable Textiles Symposium.  To see details on what OSU has submitted in the past, here are links to each of the past STARS reports (scroll to very bottom for Innovation credits).  Due to the amount of data involved, report pages can take a while to load:

The STARS assessments also help produce the sustainability annual reports and are used by multiple outside organizations to tell us how great we are at sustainability related work : )

Sustainability highlights for FY14 annual report

Similar to Innovation credits, sustainability highlights have been included in each of our two past annual sustainability reports.  Past highlights have included STARS Innovations plus activities or projects like our ground mounted solar arrays, sustainability conferences and special events, program milestones, etc.  Unlike Innovation credits, these do not have to be regionally or situationally unique but should be notable accomplishments you think should be known more widely or captured in time.  See past highlights at the ends of our two past annual sustainability reports.

Please contact Brandon by January 16 with your suggestions for FY14 Innovation credits and/or highlights. Thanks for your help and support!


Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards Volunteer Program

January 7th, 2015 | Sam

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Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Do you want to learn more about climate change and what you can do to help? OSU Extension’s innovative Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards volunteer program brings people together to talk about what steps to take. The goals of the program are to get people talking about climate change and give them the tools to make their homes more sustainable and to live more sustainable lives.

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Throughout this 8-week course, participants will learn about climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering.

The course will meet on Monday evenings starting January 26th, 2015. The cost of the course is only $20 and includes field trip transportation. Don’t forget, the registration deadline is coming up on January 12th, so make sure to spread the word!

You can register here, and contact Jody Einerson, 541-766-6311, for more information about the program.


Question of the Week: Meet ‘n’ Eat

January 7th, 2015 | Andrea Norris

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Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to provide a correct answer will win a durable Beavers Reuse spork, like the one pictured here.

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

Our student club the Waste Watchers are having a Meet ‘n’ Eat for prospective members one week from today, Wed, Jan 14, 5:30-6:30 pm in MU 222. What will we be eating at said Meet ‘n’ Eat?

Answer

Congrats to our Question of the Week winner Luke Kawasaki! He was right that we are serving free pizza at the Waste Watchers Meet ‘n’ Eat, a meeting for prospective members one week from today, Wed, Jan 14, 5:30-6:30 pm in MU 222. Learn more on our Facebook event or website.


Volunteer with the Waste Watchers!

January 5th, 2015 | Kyle Reed

Waste WatchersLooking for a way to get involved this term? The Waste Watchers work on events and outreach revolving around reducing waste on campus. Sound like your cup of tea?

Meet ‘n’ Eat

Stop by  MU 222 on January 14 from 5:30 – 6:30 PM to learn about our club and ways you can get involved. Nosh on pizza and meet people who share your interests in sustainability and waste reduction.

Interested but can’t make it? Visit our website to learn more.

Weekly Meetings

Our weekly meetings this term will be held in Gilkey 104 each Monday* from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Join us to help plan our activities this term, including the Coffee Cup Coup, RecycleMania, and the Repair Fairs.

*Week 3’s meeting will be cancelled in observance of MLK Day.

Can’t make the meetings? There are still plenty of ways to get involved.

The Waste Watchers at their last meeting of the term, fall 2014.

The Waste Watchers at their last meeting of fall 2014.


Furniture & Kitchenware Sale at the Co-op Housing Units December 29-31

December 22nd, 2014 | Andrea Norris

Furniture and Kitchenware Sale!

Choosing to buy used is one great way to reduce your environmental impact – keeping reusable items in use and reducing the need to make new goods. That’s why we’re letting you know about an opportunity to buy some special used items right here on campus!

After the closure of OSU’s four co-op housing units on campus earlier this year, Surplus Property is liquidating the furniture and kitchenware remaining in the buildings. We are hosting public sales onsite on these dates:

  • Monday, December 29, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 30, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 31, 9:00 am – 11:30 am only – all items 50% off this day

The sales will be held inside of both Avery House (1030 SW Madison Ave.) and Azalea House (1050 SW Madison Ave.).

Items for Sale

  • Furniture, including:
    • Couches
    • Wood 3-drawer desks
    • Coffee tables
    • End tables
    • Chairs
    • Dressers
  • Industrial kitchen supplies:
    • Extensive selection of industrial kitchen cookware
    • Industrial fridges and freezers will be available to bid on online, and will be viewable onsite
  • Miscellaneous housewares

Additional Sale Details

  • All three sales are open to on- and off-campus customers.
  • We accept cash, credit and OSU department indexes.
  • All purchased items must be removed by the customer by 5:00 pm on the day of purchase.
  • Surplus Property may be able to donate some of the merchandise to qualified 501(c)3 non-profits; please call for details.
  • As the co-ops are not ADA accessible, please call ahead regarding accommodations.
  • All of our other public sale terms and conditions apply.

For More Information

Call Surplus at (541) 737-7347
Email Surplus


Question of the Week: Holiday Values

December 17th, 2014 | Andrea Norris
Be the first to answer correctly and you'll get to choose one of these prizes!

Be the first to answer correctly and you'll get to choose one of these prizes!

Time for our Question of the Week!

The first person to provide a correct answer will get to choose one of the following prizes depending on what they need most: a reusable utensil kit, water bottle or ChicoBag (like those pictured here).

Submit your answer here (“Leave a Reply,” below) or on our Facebook page. Only one post per person, please.

Question of the Week

According to a U.S. survey conducted by the Center for a New American Dream, nearly 9 in 10 believe that holidays should be about what?

Answer

According to a recent national survey, more than 3 in 4 Americans wish that holidays were less materialistic. Nearly 9 in 10 believe that holidays should be more about family and caring for others, not giving and receiving gifts.

Read more in the “Simplify the Holidays” guide from the Center for a New American Dream.


End of Year Clearance Sales this week at the OSUsed Store

December 15th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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You have two chances this week to enjoy lower-than-usual prices at the OSUsed Store – come to our end-of-year clearances Wednesday, 12-3 pm and Saturday, 9 am-12 pm.

Many items storewide are marked 75% off! Also, chairs are buy one, get one free.

Choose used! Available merchandise will include computers and computer accessories, furniture (desks, file cabinets, tables, chairs, bookcases, etc), office supplies, sporting goods, household items, bicycles and much more.

The OSUsed Store is located at 644 SW 13th Street in Corvallis (view on Google Maps). The store is operated by OSU Surplus Property and sells surplus equipment and material to departments on campus as well as members of the public during special public sales, in an effort to reduce landfill waste and keep money in the university.

While our public sales provide an opportunity for the general public to make personal purchases, departments are welcome to shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales.

See our other sale dates on our calendar. For more information, visit our OSUsed Store page or contact us.


Help Combat Climate Change as a Neighborhood Sustainability Steward!

December 12th, 2014 | Brandon

OSU Extension’s innovative Neighborhood Sustainability Stewards volunteer program engages the local community in climate change actions on a household level.  Program goals are: to engage the general public in a climate change conversation, to give the public tools to lower CO2 emissions on a household level, and to provide skills to live sustainably in a changing world.

NSS home tour

Make a difference in your community – join the Neighborhood Sustainability Steward Program! Attend the 8-week course to increase your knowledge of energy savings and sustainable living practices in your own home.  Course topics include climate change science, transportation options, energy conservation, sustainable food systems, waste reduction, water conservation, sustainable gardening and landscaping, ecosystems and habitats, outreach and volunteering.  The course meets on Monday evenings starting January 26th, 2015.  Cost is only $20 and includes field trip transportation.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn how you can do your part to combat climate change. Register today since registration closes Jan. 12. For further information, contact Jody Einerson, 541-766-6311.

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Become a Master Recycler in 2015!

December 10th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

Now’s the time to sign-up for the 2015 Linn and Benton Master Recycler class offered by Republic Services and OSU Campus Recycling – act soon to secure your spot!

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When:

  • 8 required classes on Tuesday nights, January 13th through March 3rd at 6:15-9:00 pm
  • 2 required Saturday field trips on January 31, 9 am – 12:30 pm and February 21, 9 am – 2 pm
  • 1 optional Friday field trip on February 6, 7:20 am – 1 pm

Where:

305 Kearney Hall

What:

This non-credit, 8-week class will explore landfill science, recycling, waste reduction, reuse opportunities, composting, community sustainability, green building, hazardous waste and taking action.

It is free to residents of Linn and Benton County who agree to “pay back” what they learned through 30 hours of volunteer service after completion of the course.

Details and Registration:

Visit the Master Recyclers webpage at for more details and link to register.

Registration is open until January 6th or until spots fill, whichever comes first.

We’d love to see there!


Coffee Cup Coup – Can we count you in?

December 8th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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The Coffee Cup Coup is a campaign founded in the belief that together, we can overthrow the tyranny of the disposable cup.

Why, you say? Because…

  • 3,000 coffee cups are thrown away every day at OSU. In a recent audit, we found 563 coffee cups in just 1 dumpster.
  • They are never recyclable.
  • Reusable mugs save you money…and save the world.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT.

How to Join

  • Refuse disposable cups and always carry a reusable mug with you (And earn 20-25 cents off every time you use it!)
  • Attend an event. Check the website and Facebook.
  • Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #CoffeeCupCoup, and by liking, commenting on, and sharing posts from others!
  • Volunteer for the campaign by attending Waste Watcher meetings or contacting Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

The Coup is a campaign of the Waste Watchers, a student club coordinated by Campus Recycling and the Student Sustainability Initiative. Learn more on the Coffee Cup Coup webpage.