Help OSU divert 28,000 lbs from the landfill!

June 5th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

As you may have heard, the Move-out Donation Drive is currently underway! This year, our goal is to divert 28,000 lbs from the landfill, and here’s how you can help:

Move-Out Campus Living InstructionsDonate

Students living on campus can donate their extra and unwanted items in one of the donation bins, which are located in the lobby’s of each of the resident halls. The categories of items are as follows:

  • Food (Unopened, non-perishable)
  • Toiletries
  • Dry clothing, towels, and bedding
  • Household items (decor, dishes, lamps, etc.)
  • Furniture

All food and toiletries should be bagged in the grocery bags provided, while all other donations may be sorted into the blue bags or placed loosely within the
donation bins. Large items, such as furniture and wood scraps, may be placed outside next to the


Click here to download a suggested timeline for move-out, along with tips for the process.

Ask your Res. Hall’s front desk or RA if you need additional bags.

If you’re not sure where to start, you can download a suggested timeline for move-out here.

Want more information on what’s donatable? Visit the Resident’s page for a detailed guide on how to donate.

The Res. Hall Move-Out Donation Drive is a collaboration between OSU Campus Recycling, Surplus Property, and UHDS. Visit the Move-Out page for more information on the Donation Drive.

Question of the Week: 2014 Move-out Goal

June 4th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

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

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win an OSU ChicoBag

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

Question of the Week

The Move-out Donation Drive diverts waste from the landfill by providing a means for students to donate their unwanted items to local nonprofits. What is this year’s goal?


28,000 lbs.

If you live in a Res. Hall, you can help by placing any extra or unwanted items into the donation bins, which are located on the first floor lobby of each Res. Hall.

For more details on how to donate, and what is donatable, visit here.

And congratulations to Valeria Ursu for winning this week’s segment of the Question of the Week!

Energize Corvallis hiring Seeds for the Sol Interns

May 30th, 2014 | Paige Thompson


energize-corvallis-summer-2012-internsEnergize Corvallis has Project Coordinator Internships available to assist the “Seeds for the Sol” team. These volunteer internships are ideal for people who have great conversational skills, a passion for renewable energy and community development, and a desire to make real change in our community. Project Coordinator Interns are dedicated to raising awareness about Seeds for the Sol, a community solar program that is pioneering a new economic model for funding residential solar-electric systems. This is a unique opportunity to help develop, manage, and evaluate a new community solar program including a marketing outreach campaign, events, program analysis, and policy implications. Internship credits are available.

Applications are due on June 3. Please see the attached for more information, or click here

Question of the Week: AOR Conference

May 28th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

bottle-isolatedTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable 20 oz. 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

The 36th annual AOR Conference and Trade Show features opportunities to attend workshops, tours, and networking with recycling professionals and experts in waste reduction. When is the last day to register for the conference to take advantage of the Early Bird rates?


May 30th (This Friday).

OSU staff and students receive the discounted member rate.

Check out the conference agenda and details online at AOR’s website.

And congratulations to Cathy Duong for being this week’s winner!

Waste Watchers Spotlight: Kyle Knight

May 27th, 2014 | Kyle Reed

KKnightName: Kyle Knight

Title/Nickname: KKnight

Degree: Industrial Engineering + Economics

Year in School: Senior

When did you start volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

April 2012.

What has been your favorite project or event that the Waste Watchers have been involved in?

The repair fairs, and get caught green-handed.

What keeps you volunteering with the Waste Watchers?

My favorite part is meeting great people, the fun events, and the leadership development.

What would you like to see the Waste Watchers do in the future?

I think the waste watchers should continue doing the Repair fairs and focus on ways to reach even more students and community members.

What is one way you reduce waste in your everyday life?

I carpool to campus and I have started a small garden at my townhouse. Both of these acts reduce carbon waste and have other sustainability beneficial impacts.

Want to learn more about the Waste Watchers? Visit the volunteer webpage to learn more about how to get involved.

SSI Travel Grantee: Decker McElroy

May 24th, 2014 | Rachel Tholl
Decker McElroy was granted a $50 SSI travel grant in order to attend the Divestment Convergence in San Francisco, California in April of 2014. Decker wrote a summary of  the experience for the Ecologue.



On the weekend of April fourth students from 75 schools across the US and Canada meet to San Francisco for the second ever Divest Convergence. I got to go down with three other students to represent OSU and learn more about divestment from fossil fuels as a movement.  The general goal of the divestment campaign is to take college and university money out of fossil fuel investments in order to lower educational institutions contribution to global warming and to send a message that fossil fuels are harmful to society. At the convergence we got to learn about other schools successful campaigns and what steps they took to get their schools to divest.

Going to the convergence made me realize that OSU is ahead of many other universities in sustainably issues but we have a long way to go to achieve divestment. People knew OSU by name and knew about our specific sustainability actions and goals! The schools that have been successful in divesting are mostly small private schools. This gives OSU a chance to be the first big public school to divest and lead the way in sustainability for schools across the country. I learned that divestment will be a slow process but that by using the advice given by experts at the conference OSU should be able fully divest from fossil fuels. I came back being proud of OSU and its sustainability efforts.

- Decker McElroy

Electric vehicles and the Duck Curve

May 24th, 2014 | Brandon

We love it when three of our favorite things come together: solar power, electric vehicles and flattening ducks! Greentech Media recently posted an article on the timing of electric vehicle charging and how it can compliment additional power sent to the electric grid from solar resources.  The basic principle is that as the sun shines and electricity is put on the grid from solar arrays, strain is eased on the electric grid making it a good time to charge electric vehicles.

Over the course of a day, the power profile on a grid rich with solar electricity generation looks something like a duck.

During the lowest part of the curve – typically midday – is a good time for workplace electric vehicle charging.  That is, if you have them at your workplace like OSU does.

Another fun tidbit: offering EV charging can equate to a 5% raise. Read ChargePoint’s case study to find out how EV charging can raise employee satisfaction by 75% and help meet sustainability goals. So enjoy this summer’s sun and if you drive do it in an efficient electric vehicle and help flatten the duck!

Bike Extravaganza and Alternative Transportation Fair

May 23rd, 2014 | Megan Brothers

On May 14th the annual Bike Extravaganza took place in the Quad as a part of the Alternative Transportation Fair. Faculty and students were able to register their bikes with Campus Security or decorate their bikes with reused material provided by The Waste Watchers. Other booths included Bike’n'Hike, Sustainable Energy Initiative, Cascades West Rideshare and Vride. The Student Sustainability Initiative was handing out items made from repurposed bike chains if participants would fill out a short survey. This survey asked how people got to campus, how people got around Corvallis and what their barriers were to using alternative forms of transportation. The results indicated that the most popular mode of transportation to campus is walking while the most popular mode for getting around Corvallis was biking. Participants also indicated that the two biggest issues preventing them from using alternative transportation were distance and weather. See the charts believe for more information about the results of the survey.

Northwest Earth Institute launches new Discussion Course

May 22nd, 2014 | Paige Thompson


A new Northwest Earth Institute discussion course book has been launched. It’s titled Seeing Systems: Peace, Justice, and Sustainability. Seeing Systems empowers participants to recognize and respond to the interconnected systems of the world, making effective community action both real and achievable. It offers people a unique opportunity to gather with others to reflect on the state of local and global affairs; discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world; and then advocate on the issues that matter most.

Check out their flyer below for more information about the course, including topics and instructors.

Seeing Systems NW Earth Institute

Question of the Week: May Repair Fair

May 21st, 2014 | Kyle Reed

cup-sun-win-meTime for our Question of the Week!

The first person to respond with the correct answer will win a reusable OSU Cold Cup (with straw).

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 that provide free repairs and demonstrations to attendees. What repair skills will be offered at the May Repair Fair?


Appliances (small items only, please)


Clothing (hand and machine sewing)

Electronics (small items only, please)

Housewares (furniture, ceramics, lamps, etc.)


And more!

The May Repair Fair will be happening tonight from 6- 8 pm. This Repair Fair will be the last of the school year, with the next one happening in October.

To read more about what is offered at this event, click here.

And congratulations to Vic for winning this week’s Question of the Week!