Register Today for WOHESC 2021!

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!

Event Recording: “Carbon Neutral OSU: What You Can Do!” 

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.

Learn more about the Carbon Commitment Committee and watch the recording here!

New Video: OSU Travel Offsets

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!

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

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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