- Green Building
- Natural Features
- Planning & Policy
Sustainability-related projects like lighting upgrades, heating/ventilation controls and building envelope improvements are funded from a variety of sources at OSU, helping accomplish more work in a resource constrained environment.
Cash For Clunkers - Refrigerator Recycling
Old refrigerators pose the potential for significant energy waste. The Sustainability Office is encouraging the replacement of old, inefficient refrigerators by offering a financial incentive to general-funded (E&G) departments when they purchase a new ENERGY STAR model. This incentive is equal to 100% of the estimated 5 year energy savings, with a maximum amount of $500.
To begin the process, please see the program information sheet.
Have an old fridge that you just want to get rid of? Learn more about our refridgerator Retirement Program. You could get up to $50 for simply getting rid of an extra fridge!
The use of local vendors is encouraged, though not required. Buying local stimulates the local economy by increasing tax revenue and keeping money in the region, creating jobs, and enhancing community spirit. The following vendors sell refrigerators at Corvallis locations:
Sears Hometown Store - 2445 Northwest Kings Boulevard, Corvallis - (541) 758-8588
Started in January 2010, the SERLF is a student program that provides a local source of low interest financing to accelerate sustainable energy projects at Oregon State University. Funding is delivered through a competitive application process. $100,000 were available in 09-10, with an additional $100,000 in 10-11 and 11-12. Minimum loan size is $5,000; there is no maximum on individual projects. Please read the SERLF Instructions for more detail.
As per Oregon University System policy, interest is assessed at the rate of 2 percentage points above the rate paid by the Oregon Short Term Fund during the term of the loan. The SERLF interest rate since March 22, 2012 has been 2.60%. Please check the Oregon Short Term Fund website for updates.
Documents and forms:
Any questions should be directed, as early in the process as possible, to Brandon Trelstad, OSU Sustainability Coordinator.
Join Students - Get Involved!
Whether or not you're planning to apply for SERLF funding, you can be involved. Contribute to the SERLF by making a donation through the OSU Foundation. While any amount is welcome, a gift of $25 matches the annual per student contribution. To make an in-kind contribution, please contact Brandon Trelstad.