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The Sustainability Office, ASOSU Sustainability Council, and Community Engagement & Leadership are excited to offer OSU students an opportunity to attend the 2023 Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) taking place March 6-8, 2023 at the OSU Corvallis Campus. Up to 90 students will be funded to participate! All OSU students are eligible to request registration funding for this social change leadership and professional development experience. Funding will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis to students who commit to attending and fully complete this registration form by February 17, 2023.
Join the Sustainability Office and ASOSU on Tuesdays for Sustainability Networking Hour! Meetings are from 5-8 pm in SEC 258. Learn more about sustainability resources at OSU, receive support and funding for sustainability-focused activities and clubs, and hear from community leaders and experts. This is a space to ask questions, brainstorm ideas, connect with clubs and resource centers, and meet others!
The university has adopted a Path to Carbon Neutrality to guide our carbon reduction strategies going forward. This plan has been informed by significant engagement throughout the university community, including with faculty, staff, and students, and by benchmarking with peer universities nationally. The plan includes a set of nine actions, including prioritizing energy efficiency; emphasizing on-site renewable energy production and the use of off-site renewable energy; reducing and eliminating the use of natural gas; promoting sustainable transportation options; and evaluating carbon offset potential from university lands.
Oregon State University has been recognized as a top performer in the 2022 Sustainable Campus Index, ranking 9th in the area of Waste. Specifically, OSU has demonstrated excellence in waste reduction, waste diversion, and hazardous waste management. A publication from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing sustainable colleges and universities overall and in 17 impact areas, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
OSU's new Sustainability Engagement Program is a two-part leadership course designed to offer a structured, practical, and meaningful experience for students who wish to explore sustainability without committing to the time or expense of a for-credit class. This non-credit, transcript-visible course is free of charge. The Winter session begins January 9.
Green Certifications help the OSU community further sustainability efforts and receive recognition for excellent work. Green Office, Lab, and Greek certifications utilize online Qualtrics surveys to assess existing practices, such as energy and water use, waste management, purchasing, transportation, and outreach. Each survey can be saved and continued at any time, allowing you to complete it at your own pace. Once data entry and analysis are complete, we will send your score and certification level, as well as customized recommendations for improvement to reach the next level!