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OSU Sustainability Group

In March 2001, Linda Hunn and Jack Dymond in OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences began holding monthly brown bag lunch meetings with featured speakers. About 30 OSU faculty, staff, and students attended the first meeting. Topics have included conservation, recycling, biodiesel, solar energy, organic gardening, alternative transportation, green building, etc.

The group numbered over 470 faculty, staff, students and community members from OSU, HP, Lane Community College, University of Oregon, Eugene, Salem, and beyond. There were numerous member groups including the OSU Organic Growers Club, OSU Riverwatch, ASOSU Environmental Affairs Task Force, Corvallis Environmental Center, First Alternative Co-op, and Linn-Benton Furniture Share.

Group membership consisted of poets, engineers, scientists, administrators, chefs, bicyclists, economists, builders, activists, musicians, lawyers, mathematicians, and many others. Most of all, visionaries and free thinkers. Membership was open to anyone, with no fees or obligations. Generally, 10-30 people attended each meeting or field trip.

The group sought to share information and ideas, inspire and empower each other, and build coalitions on campus, in our community, and beyond. It served as a platform for alternative thought and action, and also a network for members to support campus activities like Earth Week.

The OSU Sustainability Group is currently dormant due to Linda Hunn's departure from OSU. Linda is missed!

A list of past group meetings includes dates, speakers, and topics (PDF).

In the summer, the group often took field trips to see sustainability projects (PDF).

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