Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not: Light Topics

November 3rd, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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Solid waste is only one part of the equation, and it is important to keep yourself aware of the whole problem. That’s why this week, we’ll be delving into stories that relate to both waste and energy.

Man secedes from United States to build wind turbine

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North Dumpling Island, featuring its wind turbine and Stonehenge replica. Click to view larger.

What lengths would you go to be sustainable? For Segway inventor Dean Kamen, it meant seceding from the United States in order to build a wind turbine.

Known as North Dumpling Island, the micronation now has its own constitution, flag, currency, anthem, and even a navy (which consists of a single boat). The entire country, which sits on a two-acre island plot off the coast of Connecticut, is entirely carbon neutral, being run entirely by wind and solar power.

All of the lighting on the island uses LEDs, which help reduce waste by being energy efficient and longer lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs, and less toxic than their fluorescent counterparts.

The light bulb that’s lasted a century 

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What every bulb aspires to be.

The Centennial Lightbulb is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, having run continuously for 113 years. The bulb has only been turned off a small number of times, and has a 24-hour live camera feed, which people may watch online at any time.

The bulb is often showcased as evidence for planned obsolescence, which is when a product is designed to break down or weaken after a certain period of time.

This post is part of the “Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not” blog series, which showcases weird waste-related stories. Tune in on Mondays each week for more.


Fix what fails you at the November Repair Fair Thursday the 6th

October 31st, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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OSU Campus Recycling will be hosting the last Repair Fair of 2014 Thursday, November 6th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Recycling Warehouse, a.k.a. OSUsed Store (644 SW 13th Street).

Bring your broken items and volunteers will help you learn how to repair your belongings; attend demos to learn more skills! See list below for what’s on offer this month. Free and open to all.

Repair skills offered:

  • Appliances (small items only, please)
  • Clothing
  • Computer diagnostics
  • Electronics (small items only, please)
  • Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)
  • Jewelry
  • And more!

Drop-in Demonstrations:

5:30-6:00 pm: Avoid the Draft: Making Door Draft Blockers - As temperatures drop, you may start to realize all those cracks and crevices leaking heat out of your home. One major source of heat loss is through gaps around your front door. Come learn how to make a door snake draft blocker to help you save energy and stay warm this winter. Bonus: one lucky attendee will get to take home the one we make! (Leader: Bailey Murphy, Energy Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)

patching a pair of jeans6:15-6:35 pm: Get Patched Up: Hole in One Jean Repair – Have you ever gotten a hole in your jeans and not wanted to throw them out because you don’t have the cash to buy new ones or because they’re a great pair you don’t want to part with? Come by to learn how to make those ripped jeans look unique and good as new with this demo! If you have holey jeans now, bring them along to fix. (Leader: Jasmine Armas, volunteer with the Waste Watchers)

6:45-7:15 pm: Clean Up Your Act: D.I.Y. Green Cleaning – Looking to save cash and the environment at the same time? Come learn how you can use a few basic, food-safe ingredients to clean your whole home. Bonus: Take home a free sample, mason jar included! (Leaders: Jessica Collins and Tyler Coleman, volunteers of the Waste Watchers)

Additional Details

We don’t have spare parts, but will do our best to repair what we can and/or refer you to where you could find the parts you need. If you have parts already, we may be able to help you install them.

Map to Repair FairDirections: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 3, 6 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes 1, 5 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).
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repair-fair-mapDirections: We are located at 644 SW 13th St. in Corvallis; see a map of the entrance and parking here; view our building on Google Maps here. Please enter through the warehouse gate on 13th Street, between A Ave. and the railroad tracks. City buses 3, 6 and 8 stop within 2-4 blocks of our building while routes1, 5 and 7 stop 6 blocks away at 11th & Monroe (view full details on the Corvallis Transit System website or use Google Transit to find the best option for you).

Join this event on Facebook.

For questions, accommodation requests, or to volunteer, please contact Andrea Norris via email or at 541-737-5398.

5:30-6:00 pm: Avoid the Draft: Making Door Draft Blockers – As temperatures drop, you may start to realize all those cracks and crevices leaking heat out of your home. One major source of heat loss is through gaps around your front door. Come learn how to make a door snake draft blocker to help you save energy and stay warm this winter. Bonus: one lucky attendee will get to take home the one we make! (Leader: Bailey Murphy, Energy Projects Coordinator for the Student Sustainability Initiative)

6:15-6:35 pm: Get Patched Up: Hole in One Jean Repair – Have you ever gotten a hole in your jeans and not wanted to throw them out because you don’t have the cash to buy new ones or because they’re a great pair you don’t want to part with? Come by to learn how to make those ripped jeans look unique and good as new with this demo! If you have holey jeans now, bring them along to fix. (Leader: Jasmine Armas, volunteer with the Waste Watchers)

6:45-7:15 pm: Clean Up Your Act: D.I.Y. Green Cleaning – Looking to save cash and the environment at the same time? Come learn how you can use a few basic, food-safe ingredients to clean your whole home. Bonus: Take home a free sample, mason jar included! (Leaders: Jessica Collins and Tyler Coleman, volunteers of the Waste Watchers)


Sustainability Grants Program

October 30th, 2014 | Jesse Pettibone

The Student Sustainability Initiative has grants available for OSU students right now in the following categories:

Sustainability Project Grant

The Sustainability Project Grant Program provides OSU students with opportunities to create a more sustainable institution by taking an active role in creating the world they wish to see. SSI is seeking projects that are designed to promote, advocate and make an impact towards the sustainability efforts of OSU, Corvallis and society as a whole. In 2013, awarded $800 to the Rainwater Catchment System Sustainable Project to design and install a 1,000-gallon rainwater catchment system at the OSU Pride Center.

Research Project Grant

SSI believes our campus can be a model living laboratory for sustainability. To better integrate OSU’s renowned research into daily operations and improve the student experience, SSI is seeking applied research projects designed to advance the sustainability of the Corvallis campus’ built environment, operations, policy, academics, and/or student engagement. In 2014, the Creating Compression-Molded Biocomposite Boards from Apple Pomace Research Grant was awarded $3,200 to create prototype nursery pots using apple pomace to reduce the environmental impact of the juice industry, while simultaneously providing a more environmentally-friendly replacement for the polyethylene pots commonly used in plant propagation and research.

Professional Development

SSI’s Professional Development Grant Program is a resource available to OSU students interested in participating in sustainability-related educational opportunities that require them to travel. The program provides OSU students with opportunities to create a more sustainable institution by enabling them to take an active role in creating the world they wish to see. In October 2014, SSI provided funding that supported four OSU student’s attendance at the AASHE (Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference. Students who were awarded participated as presenters and attendees at the 4-day conference held in Portland, Oregon.

For more examples of past SSI projects, visit our website http://oregonstate.edu/ssi/funding/projects.


Question of the Week: Coffee Cup Coup

October 29th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Beavers Reuse mugTime once again for our Question of the Week! This week we will accept “entries” (on social media only) until 8 pm today and will randomly select two winners to each receive a Beavers Reuse mug!

Question of the Week

The Coffee Cup Coup is a campaign to overthrow the tyranny of the disposable cup (i.e. use durable mugs vs. disposables for coffee purchases on campus). If you want to join the movement and be entered to win a mug, fill in the blank in the sentence below and post it as your Facebook status, tweet it on Twitter, and/or gram it on Instagram by 8:00 pm tonight.

I am joining the ‪#‎BeaverNation ‪#‎CoffeeCupCoup because _____.

Details: We will randomly select two winners based on those who use the hashtag #CoffeeCupCoup along with a legit reason for participating and posts it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (not here on the blog) by 8:00 pm PST tonight. Multiple posts on the same social media platform will only be entered once, but if you post on multiple platforms, each will count as an entry (i.e. increase your chances of winning). Good luck!

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Winners

Congrats to Brandon Trelstad and Dann Cutter for being randomly selected among all the entries!

I am joining the ‪#‎BeaverNation‬ ‪#‎CoffeeCupCoup‬ for several reasons. First, if I win, I will have another reusable coffee cup, requiring me to wash the existing fleet less often. Second, I have collected one of every style of reusable coffee cup offered from the OSU Sustainability Office, Oregon State University Campus Recycling, and OSU Student Sustainability Initiative over the years. And finally, it’s just a cool thing to do. -Brandon Trelstad (Facebook)

I am joining the #BeaverNation #CoffeeCupCoup because – save the cup, save the world! -Dann Cutter (Twitter)

We also enjoyed other entries such as:

I am joining the ‪#‎BeaverNation‬ ‪#‎CoffeeCupCoup‬ because there is too much waste in this world and I don’t want to add any more to it. -Taryn Cailene Lowes (Twitter and Facebook)

I’m joining the #BeaverNation #coffeecupcoup for me= #teacupcoup because I believe in doing everything possible to benefit our planet. -Valeria Ursu (Twitter)

I am joining the ‪#‎BeaverNation‬ ‪#‎CoffeeCupCoup‬ because I will be loved forever by Mother Nature and all her fruitful plants and majestic animals. Oh and I get 20 cents off every coffee purchase…. -Kelsey Farquhar (Facebook)

Thank you to everyone who has or will join the movement!


Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not: Food for Thought

October 27th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Reedcyclers Believe It or Not-blogFood waste is one of the biggest  forms of waste out there. It’s been said that if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, right behind China and the US.

But everyone needs to eat, and world hunger is still an issue. Today, I’ll take you through some creative culinary tactics to correct this situation.

Bug Bites: Insects as a food source

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Examples of potential future food sources. Click to view larger.

While the thought of eating an insect might make you want to gag, the United Nations would encourage you to try any of the 1,900 edible insect species on the planet.

A report published by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization notes several benefits to bringing bugs to the dinner plate, including higher protein content (for lower fat), efficient space and materials use, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycle bins that feed stray dogs

Stray animals are a common part of life in larger cities, and with them are a whole array of problems, such as how to feed the roaming dogs and cats. That’s where Turkish company Pugedon stepped in with an idea to fix this while promoting sustainability: recycling bins that feed the animals.

In exchange for cans and bottles, the recycling bins dispense dog food into dishes built into the bottom of the vending machine-sized bins. There’s even a bowl for users to dump leftover water into.

The recycling bins are planned to be placed around Istanbul, which has roughly 150,000 stray animals that coexist with the city’s population of 14 million.

This post is part of the “Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not” blog series, which showcases weird waste-related stories. Tune in on Mondays each week for more.


Spooktacular Halloween Sale at the OSUsed Store Wednesday

October 26th, 2014 | Andrea Norris

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Come by the OSUsed Store for a spooktacular Halloween Sale on Wednesday, October 29 between 12:00 and 3:00 pm.

Reach into the “cauldron” and pick an eyeball – you just may be lucky enough to draw one good for 25, 50 or 75% off one item!

Terms: Each customer may draw once. Each coupon is good on one item purchased during public sale hours (12-3 pm) on October 29th only. Excludes computers, monitors, and spot bid and online merchandise. Only one coupon per customer will be accepted.

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.


Question of the Week: Fall Repair Fair dates

October 22nd, 2014 | Kyle Reed

ChicoBag-win-meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU ChicoBag, like the one pictured to the right.

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

Question of the Week

The Repair Fairs are a twice per term event where broken and damaged items may be repaired for free. What are the dates and times for the two Repair Fairs happening this Fall term?

Answer

The October Repair Fair was on Wednesday from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Don’t worry if you missed it; the November Repair Fair will be on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.

At the November event, we’ll be offering repairs in the following categories: Appliances and Electronics, Clothing, Computer diagnostics, Housewares, and Jewelry.

Also offered will be demonstrations on making door draft blockers, green cleaning supplies, and how to patch up jeans.

RSVP for the event and get more details here.

And congratulations to Dann Cutter for winning this week’s Question!


Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not: Sewage Surprises

October 20th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

Reedcyclers Believe It or Not-blogIt’s time for this week’s installment of Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not! Today, I’ve procured some stories that may make you rethink our sewage situation.

Brooklyn turns food and waste into energy

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Photo of the digesters, which house the bacteria and waste. Click to view larger.

Jimmy Pynn has trillions of children, all of which are bacteria. Each needs three meals a day; luckily, the city of Brooklyn provides them a constant supply of food in the form of waste.

Stationed at the Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, the bacteria sit in eight egg-shaped digesters, where they turn sewage and food waste into methane. The gas is used to heat homes or generate electricity.

Japan makes fecal matter into fuel

Diapers

Everything has to go somewhere.

Adult diapers are hot in Japan, with 5 billion units being sold yearly. To deal with this additional waste, a Japanese company has created a system which turns the dirty diapers into fuel pellets. The diapers undergo an automatic system which shreds, dries, and sterilizes the diapers, creating clean pellets which can be used for home and water heating.

In the US, it is estimated that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed each year, 92% of which end up in the landfill.

This post is part of the “Reedcycler’s Believe it or Not” blog series, which showcases weird waste-related stories. Tune in on Mondays each week for more.


Question of the Week: Recycling on Game Day

October 15th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

bottle 24 oz win meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable 24 oz. OSU water bottle.

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

Question of the Week

Our website offers information on how you can improve your game day waste reduction. What are the four tips you can follow to promote recycling at athletic events?

Answer

Pack

it in, pack it out. While tailgating, consider bringing trash and recyclables home with you to help us reduce litter and waste.

Get it in the right bin. Trash carts and/or dumpsters are located in every tailgating parking lot.
Recycle at the Gates. Every stadium gate entrance has staffed recycle stations starting 2 hours before kickoff.
Leave recyclables at your stadium seat. Leave recyclables at your stadium seat where our volunteer cleaning crews can collect them, rather than throwing them in a garbage can. All redeemables will be collected by various sports teams from Philomath High School.
There are four easy ways you can reduce waste on game day:
  • Pack it in, pack it out. While tailgating, consider bringing trash and recyclables home with you to help us reduce litter and waste.
  • Get it in the right bin. Trash carts and/or dumpsters are located in every tailgating parking lot.
  • Recycle at the Gates. Every stadium gate entrance has staffed recycle stations starting 2 hours before kickoff.
  • Leave recyclables at your stadium seat. Leave recyclables at your stadium seat where our volunteer cleaning crews can collect them, rather than throwing them in a garbage can. All redeemables will be collected by various sports teams from Philomath High School.

More details can be found on our website.

And congratulations to Dann for winning this week’s Question!


Portland to host this year’s annual aashe conference

October 14th, 2014 | Sam

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This year the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education will be holding their annual Conference and Expo in our very own Portland, Oregon. With nearly 2,000 participants, AASHE’s annual conference is the largest gathering of higher education sustainability professionals and students in North America.

What is AASHE you ask? AASHE is an organization that encourages campuses across the globe to integrate sustainability into their school’s governance, education and research. Here at OSU we partner with AASHE every year when we use their program called STARS.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for higher education institutions to earn points in four main categories. Through analyzing Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration, schools can achieve a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum rating. Oregon State earned another Gold rating this year, for the third time in a row!

AASHE’s mission is “to inspire and catalyze higher education to lead the global sustainability transformation.” As a school that already strives to be as sustainable as possible, this motto fits well with our beliefs here at Oregon State. We want everyone to take advantage of AASHE’s great resources to further our sustainable practices even more.

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Did you know that by being a member of OSU, you are automatically a member of AASHE? If you plan to attend the conference, sign up with your OSU email and you will receive the member rate! Since the conference is in Portland this year, many students and faculty will be in attendance and the Sustainability OfficeStudent Sustainability Initiative and Campus Recycling will all be presenting.

Attending the Portland AASHE conference is a great opportunity for professional development and sustainability learning. On top of their STARS assessment, AASHE offers countless other resources for professionals. Their online Resource Center houses information on example policies, plans, and academic programs incorporating sustainability as well as job descriptions, an interactive databases of best practices, discussion forums on a variety of topics, and AASHE’s own blog featuring staff perspectives, student diaries,  and interviews with experts, and guest bloggers.

Join us in Portland October 26-29 for this amazing event. Register here (at the discounted member rate), let us know you’re attending and get a cold cup, water bottle or coffee mug to use at the conference and keep afterward! We hope to see you all there!