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This year, you can attend the 2021 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) for only $35, a 30% discount! The conference is fully virtual and will be held Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12. The program includes over 20 sessions with keynote speakers, plenaries, meetups, networking breakouts, a poster session and more. Click here to view the full conference program. Don't wait – register today with the discount code OSU30 for 30% off!
On January 12, the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the Carbon Commitment held a forum to update the Oregon State community on OSU’s carbon commitment and how the university is progressing toward its goals. Attendees heard about accomplishments such as policy changes, refined building heating and cooling controls, large scale solar installations and construction of the OSU Energy Center. Most importantly, steps were outlined to encourage climate action within departments, colleges and divisions, help meet the carbon goals.
Are you interested in learning about OSU’s Travel Offsets program or purchasing offsets for your OSU funded travel? Take a look at this video to learn about the process. The video explains what the offsets are and how they are used to make our university more sustainable!
An offset is an optional added fee to the cost of traveling (air or ground transportation) to fund a separate project that reduces carbon emissions elsewhere, such as a wind farm or forestry project. Offsets in some cases can make the net carbon footprint of travel effectively zero. Watch the video to learn more!
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.
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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The OSU Sustainability Office is now recruiting for a Sustainability Software Engineer! Join a committed team by applying for this coveted student worker position that helps make OSU more sustainable – both behind the scenes and front and center! Position Description: The Student Software Engineer helps develop and maintain web applications for sustainability projects at […]
Become a hero and join the league of the Waste Watchers! Winter term meetings begin January 15th! Starting at 2:30 PM and going until 4:00 PM on Zoom, our meetings will happen every-other-Friday in even weeks of the term until March 12th. Join the club to meet fellow heroes who share your interest in sustainability, & […]
This January, the Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee on the OSU Carbon Commitment and the Sustainability Office will host a climate forum to discuss OSU’s carbon neutral commitment, what progress has been made towards this goal, and what action still needs to be taken to reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Four key speakers will report […]
Congratulations to University Events on earning the copper-level Green Office Certification! This is the second time University Events has been certified, and it’s really awesome to see them continuing to make their space more sustainable and working to improve their score! Some of the changes made since their last certification include: Tracking personal carbon footprints […]