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2011 Carbon Challenge

This April, we invited students, faculty, and staff at OSU to participate in the Campus Carbon Challenge. This month-long event challenged individuals to make personal commitments to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions as a result of their lifestyles. Simple changes in what we purchase, how we get around, and how we use energy are  important but the challenge is to stick to it.


2011 Oregon University System Sustainability Conference

This conference was held Monday, February 28, 2011 in Corvallis.


World Car Free Day

On Wednesday, September 22, the Corvallis and OSU community will participate in World Car Free Day – a time to explore the benefits of walking, biking, and using public transit to get us where we need to go.  There will be food, prize drawings and activities at various sites throughout the day, culminating in a Car Free Day Festival at the Wednesday Farmers Market. Read more...


Dixon Creek Stream Clean-up

The City of Corvallis is looking for volunteers from the OSU community to help remove invasive weeds and plant native trees and shrubs along Dixon Creek on Saturday, September 25th from 10am to 1pm.  Meet at Porter Park on the bridge over Dixon Creek.  Parking is available along Garfield Ave. near 17th St.  Tools, gloves, and instruction will be provided.  Come prepared with sturdy shoes and clothes.

Please register your participation.  If you have questions, contact the City Stormwater Program at 541-766-6916 or email gwenn.kubeck@ci.corvallis.or.us.  Sponsored by the City of Corvallis Stormwater Program, SOLV, and City of Corvallis Parks and Recreation


Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering

Presentations by Cycle Solutions, Western Pulp Products, and Coalition Teams

Mark your calendar for the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s next Quarterly Gathering on Friday, July 30, from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.  Representatives of Coalition partner organizations and all interested community members are invited to attend this engaging and informative event. 

The gathering will feature presentations by two Coalition partners, Cycle Solutions (www.csbikestowork.com) and Western Pulp Products (www.westernpulp.com).  Dan Herford, owner of Cycle Solutions, and Sean O’Brien, Principal Designer of Western Pulp Products, will talk about the sustainable workplace practices and services their respective businesses are pursuing.  Additional highlights of the gathering will include:

  • An update by leaders of the Coalition’s Energy Action Team about the amazing projects they have launched through the Energize Corvallis initiative (www.energizecorvallis.org);
  • A presentation by the Car Free Day Coordinating Team about plans for our community’s participation in World Car Free Day on September 22; and
  • An opportunity for you to ask questions and offer ideas about how we can work together more effectively toward creating a sustainable community.

Please plan to bike, walk, take the bus, or carpool to the gathering.  Since we’re meeting during the noon hour, light refreshments will be served – organic and local, of course! We look forward to seeing you there.


 

Get There Another Way Week

Mayor Charlie Tomlinson proclaimed May 24-28, 2010 Get There Another Way Week in Corvallis.  During GTAWW, OSU employees were encouraged to leave single occupancy vehicles at home and commute to work by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, telecommuting, skating, car or van pooling.

GTAWW's primary goal was to reduce the number of people who drive to work alone.  Participants who logged their trips were eligible to receive prizes like meals at Corvallis restaurants, bicycle equipment and tune-ups, clothing and gift certificates to local businesses.  The City's Get There Another Way team hosted morning coffee and refreshments on May 24th from 7:00am-9:30am at the Downtown Transit Center, 5th and Monroe Avenue. View the brochure.


 

Dunawi Creek Tour

Sponsored by the City of Corvallis Stormwater Program, Willamette Watershed Productions and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District, the Dunawi Creek Tour offered participants a chance to get acquainted with a local watershed and the human impacts upon it.  Tours with experts started at 1pm on Sunday, May 23rd from the headwaters near Bald Hill to the intersection of Dunawi and Marys River at Brooklane.


 

2010 Earth Week Community Fair on April 19!

Earth Week in Corvallis kicks off April 17, with events throughout the City.  The big party at OSU is the 10th Annual Earth Week Community Fair from 11:00-3:00 in the Memorial Union Quad.  The annual Earth Week celebration at OSU is a chance for campus and community groups to spread conservation awareness. See the Events Calendar.


 

Food for Thought Lecture Series

The Food for Thought Lecture Series brings internationally recognized experts to OSU to speak about biotechnology and sustainable agriculture.

The series is a community outreach program that brings the public inside the scientific community to promote a dialog about biotechnology and complex environmental issues that are often difficult for people to come together around, with the goal of learning how better to find common ground in the future.

These free public lectures are held in the evenings in the LaSells Stewart Center's Construction & Engineering Hall on the OSU campus.  Lectures include time for audience discussion.  Refreshments are provided.


 

OSU Building Energy Challenge

The OSU Building Energy Challenge fostered competition between campus buildings to see who can reduce energy use the most during February 2010.  Prizes for weekly and overall winners!  We still need Energy Challenge Reps and volunteers! Students: you can get credit for participating!


 

Climate Masters Course

The Climate Masters Program, an award winning carbon reduction education program is coming to Corvallis starting Tuesday, January 5th.  This cutting-edge carbon busting course will provide participants with 30 hours of research-based training on climate change science and actions for shrinking personal climate footprints.  Topics designed for homeowners and renters include green building, home energy, transportation, water, renewable, food and more. 

Climate Masters is modeled after other successful Extension programs such as the Master Recycler and Master Gardener programs in which participants have opportunities to share what they’ve learned with the community after the course, further reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Corvallis.  This special program is offered out of a unique partnership with Linn Benton Community College, OSU Extension - Benton County and U of O Climate Leadership Initiative.  To register or find out more information call 541-757-8944 ext 5105 (LBCC).

Registration fee: $66.00, discounted for two or more from same household.  Runs Tuesdays, Jan. 5, 6-8:50 p.m. for 11 weeks at Peavey Hall 272 on the OSU Campus. View poster (pdf).


 

2009 Energy Civil War

The Energy Civil War was a competition between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University to see which school could produce the most human-generated renewable energy on exercise equipment outfitted to generate electricity.  The competition ran during the week of the football civil war, from Nov.30 to Dec.3, 2009. 

Energy data was collected from elliptical machines outfitted with ReRev's grid integration technology in Dixon Recreation Center (OSU) and the Student Recreational Center (UO).

A kickoff event was held Monday, Nov.30 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Dixon Recreation Center. See the flyer

The final results:

Energy Civil War 09 Scoreboard


LBCC and OSU to Host National Teach-In and Video Contest

On February 5, 2009 Linn Benton Community College, with support from OSU, hosted several events for the National Teach-In on Global Warming. The National Teach-In is a nationwide dialogue between students, community members, and key decision makers around concrete climate change policy recommendations.

All events were free and open to the public:

  • 10:00-10:45 Webcast "Solutions for the First 100 Days". Location: Forum 104.
  • 11:00-12:45 Discussion between students, community members and key decision-makers on global warming solutions. Location: Forum 104.
  • 1:00-3:00 LBCC and OSU students' vision of a low carbon campus and a green curriculum. Location: Fireside Room.

During the 11:00 session, elected officials and other local leaders discussed their current efforts to deal with global warming, their targets for the future and their plans to achieve these targets. Leaders included:

  • Mayor Charlie Tomlinson, Corvallis
  • Mayor Sharon Konopa, Albany
  • David Van't Hof, Sustainability Advisory to Governor Kulongoski
  • Dan Whelan, Field Representative and District Aide to Congressman Peter DeFazio

The 1:00 session brought together students from LBCC and OSU to discuss their vision for global warming solutions and a green curriculum for the two institutions. Both events provided time for audience questions and participation. Free food and refreshments were provided for the afternoon session.

Live Video Streams and Web Dialogue

LBCC broadcasted this event to the Benton Center in Corvallis and to the OSU main campus. At the Benton Center, located at 757 NW Polk Ave., the broadcast was seen in the Student Lounge. On the OSU campus, the broadcast was viewed in Richardson 107.

The event also featured an online discussion both during and before the event at the LBCC Teach-In Blog.

Video Contest

the LBCC Library and the LBCC Math and Science Division sponsored a student video contest.

The Linn-Benton Loop bus is free for LBCC and OSU students and travels between the campuses at times convenient for the National Teach-In events.

Other Media

Post the Teach-In poster (pdf)
Read the LBCC press release
See the Ecologue blog post


OSU Places Third in the Fall Campus Challenge

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Fall Campus Challenge during the month of October. The Challenge encouraged all forms of alternative transportation: walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, bus, train and telecommuting.

If you participated in the Challenge, you're already in the AlterNetRides system. Log in to start sharing rides.

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