Welcome to OSU's sustainability website! OSU is committed to social and economic justice, and to reducing waste. In 2018, OSU students launched Grads Give Back to reclaim and reuse graduation gowns, providing them this year to students in need. And now we scale it up! Gowns can STILL be donated at the MU Info Desk or mailed to us. More details are below.

Now Hiring Student Eco-Representatives!

We are now taking applications for next year’s Eco-Reps! OSU's Eco-Reps program is a cohort-based student leadership development program that transforms resident students into sustainability advocates, and serves as a platform for great careers! It is sponsored by the Sustainability Office, Campus Recycling, University Housing & Dining Services and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Applicants must be living in the residence halls during the 2019-2020 academic year and be able to work 5-8 hours per week. Pay starts at $11.50 per hour and applications are due Sept. 30, 2019. Click here for application details and additional information.

Grads Give Back Gown Donation program

Grads Give Back seeks to reduce barriers that under-resourced students might experience at graduation, and reuse what are traditionally single-use garments.

Although commencement is over, we are not done collecting! We will continue to accept gowns in good condition at the Memorial Union Info Desk or you can mail them to us at any time. Visit the Grads Give Back webpage for details on how to give your gown to a future graduate who may not be able to participate in Commencement otherwise.

Grads Give Back is sponsored by Campus Recycling, ASOSU, Memorial Union, Valley Library, HSRC, and Sustainability Office.Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated! 

OSU wins RecycleMania 2019!!

Congratulations Beavers - we emerged victorious in the RecycleMania Oregon Classic once again! With that victory comes the title, bragging rights and our ability to keep the trophy another year! Since the Oregon Classic started in 2010, OSU has won six times compared to UO’s four.

Learn more on the RecycleMania webpage!  Way to go Beavs!

Great Move-Out Results!

Campus Recycling received donations of 22,533 pounds of items in the 2019 Great Move-Out Donation Drive! While we didn't quite meet our goal, we can all be proud of the amount that was donated this year. We thank those who donated, as well as the volunteers and staff who made it happen. The donations help local nonprofits and those in our community who are in need, and benefit the environment by promoting the reuse of materials.

In February, 2019, OSU received its eighth 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, and use STARS each year. STARS provides a complete set of sustainability assessment data for university curriculum, research, operations and outreach.

Read more about how you can use STARS...


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