Welcome to OSU's sustainability website! OSU is leading a national trend of universities committed to fighting climate change. To support these efforts, we have launched our first fundraising initiative with a solar thermal project on Kelley Engineering Center. Help show that donors will give money to address the urgency of climate change by making a small contribution today

Together we can battle the ducks and help the environment at the same time!

Join us in defeating U of O in this year's Recyclemania! RecycleMania is an annual, 8-week recycling competition running February 3 - March 30 this year. You can help us win the Oregon Classic and compete nationally by recycling, composting and reducing your trash.

Learn more on the RecycleMania webpage or at events offered throughout the term!

OSU study finds sheep and solar to be mutually beneficial!

A research team in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences found that grasses favored by sheep and cattle thrive in the shade of a solar array installed in a pasture on the OSU campus. The areas under the array produced double the amount of plant material than the unshaded areas, including an increase in in nutritional value of plants. The researchers also noted a significant increase in late-season plant growth! 

Read the full story here!

We're Hiring Two Student positions!

The Sustainability Office is recruiting a student graphic designer to develop marketing and outreach material. Work 5-20 hours/week during the academic year and up to 30 hours/week in summer designing print media, digital media and other visual elements to support various sustainability related projects and programs.

The Sustainability Office is also hiring a marketing and outreach student to coordinate event planning and deliver marketing and outreach material via the web, social media and in person. This position leads our Green Office Certification program and works 10-20 hours/week during the academic year and up to 30 hours/week during summer.

Both positions help with social media and web management of this very webpage!  Starting pay for both is $12/hour and applications are due April 28.

Graphic design information and application.
Marketing and outreach information and application.

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...


"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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