Carbon Neutral OSU: What can you do?

Did you know OSU made a commitment in 2009 to be carbon neutral by 2025? 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 commitment, what progress has been made and what action still needs to be taken. Attend the forum January 12, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, and hear about OSU's achievements and next steps. Most importantly, find out how you can encourage change within your department, college, and division that will help OSU to meet its carbon goals.

Register here to attend or check out the OSU Ecologue for more info!

OSU Recognized by Princeton Review

This year, The Princeton Review has recognized OSU by selecting us for inclusion in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. Check out the full list of environmentally responsible schools here!

In 2012, The Princeton Review named OSU to its Honor Roll for the 16 Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges. Every year since 2013 OSU has been recognized in the annual Guide to Green Colleges for sustainability practices such as food sourcing, transportation, green building, opportunities to focus on the environment and sustainability in curriculum.

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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