Welcome New Students!

We welcome all students to OSU!  Whether you will live on campus, take classes remotely or both, the Sustainability Office and our campus partners can serve as a resource for student involvement and sustainability education. Check out our Welcome Video to learn more about how you can get involved! 

At the Sustainability Office, we believe true sustainability is not possible without ending systemic racism. Because of this, we are actively working to integrate environmental justice into our work. Do you have ideas on how to make OSU more just and sustainable? Contact us with thoughts or questions!

*NEW* VIDEO: Energy Reduction Actions During COVID-19 Pandemic

This spring, OSU building controls technicians are taking special care to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings by reducing heating and cooling inputs to a minimum! By allowing building temperatures to fluctuate more than usual, OSU will dramatically save energy, money, carbon emissions and wear and tear on heating and cooling systems.

You can already see the reductions happening on our real time energy dashboard!

Watch the video here!

*NEW* Timeline Tracks OSU Sustainability Milestones!

OSU has always been a place of innovation and excellence in environmental sustainability. For the 50th Earth Day this year, the Sustainability Office has compiled major achievements since 1970 in an interactive timeline. We have made progress in areas such as energy use, recycling, food consumption, transportation, and won many awards along the way.

Check out the timeline to see what we’ve accomplished!

Download Ecosia and Join the Campaign!

Install Ecosia, the browser that plants trees, as your default today and encourage your peers to join you! Our custom link will count your searches towards Oregon State University's tree count total. This is another easy way that we can create a more sustainable virtual community during distance learning!

Step 1: Visit http://Ecosia.co/oregonstate

Step 2: Add to browser

Step 3: Add extension

If you already have Ecosia and want your searches to count towards the OSU total: uninstall, delete your cookies, and re-install using the steps above! #sustainablebeavs

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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