New Page: Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice is an important and often undervalued aspect of sustainability. The Sustainability Office has created a new page that we hope will serve as a central hub of Environmental Justice information for the OSU community! This page provides important definitions and resources for further learning.

Check out the Environmental Justice page to learn more, and use the feedback form at the bottom to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

First Platinum Green Office Certification!

Congratulations to the OSU-Cascades Office of Student Life on earning the first ever Platinum-level Green Office Certification! This office received a gold-level certification earlier this year (already a big achievement) but they didn’t stop there! For the past few months, they have been working hard to make their office more sustainable and improve their score. At 86%, they are now the highest-scoring office in OSU’s Green Certification history. 

Click here to read about the changes they made to achieve this award!

Now Hiring Materials Associates!

Materials Management is hiring for up to 20 student Materials Associates, who play an important role in the overall university mission to reuse, recycle and/or dispose of a wide variety of materials sustainably. Gain valuable skills and experience in customer service, teamwork, IT, online sales, leadership, retail operations, methods for materials recycling, reuse, and waste reduction, and more. Position includes training and work schedules set around your class schedule. 

Applicants who hold underrepresented identities and those who contribute to an inclusive work environment are encouraged to apply. Learn more here

WOHESC Call for Proposals:

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is now inviting proposals for the 2022 conference! The 2022 theme is 'The Path Forward to an Equitable and Regenerative Economy'. You can be a featured part of the conference program to look at fair, equitable and sustainable economies, and rebuilding with a clean, green careers-driven approach.

Proposals are due October 15, so now is the time to start preparing your presentation or workshop! Learn more and apply here

In December 2019, OSU received its ninth 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...


As shown in "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency"scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to “tell it like it is.” On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented, they have declared, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.

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