Welcome to OSU's sustainability website! Oregon State University has demonstrated sustainability leadership for decades, through natural resources programming, climate change research, experiential learning opportunities and multiple connections with communities across the State of Oregon and beyond. Explore further why OSU is a leader in sustainability... 

Recycling has changed!

OSU has been following significant changes occurring to recycling markets that impact what materials are acceptable for placing in recycling bins on campus. Campus Recycling has recently updated the acceptables list in accordance with our local recycling processors’ requirements.

Please see the updated online recycle guides here and learn more about the changes here.

For the last six years, Oregon State has been the recipient of Tree Campus USA, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Tree Campus standards require the school to have a campus tree advisory committee, campus tree care plan, campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, Arbor Day observance, and a service learning project. OSU has succeeded in receiving the award every year since 2010.  Our most recent recognition came in April, in time for Earth Day.

Tree Campus USA

It’s time for the Great Move Out!

Last year we diverted more than 36,000 lbs of goods from landfills to non-profits during move out. Let’s do it again! OSU will once again be working on campus and in the Corvallis community to collect reusable goods from students during end-of-year move out and donating them to local non-profits.

You can help by volunteering for shifts June 11-19 (off-campus volunteering details here and  res. hall volunteering details here) and donating unneeded goods if you are a student (off-campus donation details here and res. hall donation details here). For more information on The Great Move Out, visit the website.

In March, 2018, OSU received its seventh Gold designation in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System, making it one of a small handful of colleges and universities to reach that milestone. STARS provides a complete set of sustainability assessment data for university curriculum, research, operations and outreach.

Read more about how you can use STARS...


"World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice" warns that environmental trends in categories such as marine fisheries, population growth, deforestation, wildlife abundance and climate change raise the likelihood of "widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss" in the future. According to data collected by Altmetric, the paper was ranked No. 6 out of more than 9 million publications tracked by the company since it began monitoring in 2011.

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