This page was assembled by the OSU Sustainability Office to introduce new employees to sustainability programs at OSU and share some ways you can get involved.

Did you know Oregon State University is ranked in the top 25 in the nation for sustainability efforts?  Sustainability is becoming part of our institution's culture, fitting in with that of Oregon and the Northwest.  From outstanding student sustainability programs to cutting edge research, OSU practices a wide variety of sustainability-related activities.  And with Phase II of OSU's Strategic Plan, it is now a part of the mission of the University.

Get Started!

We recommend you start with a sample of tangible examples of sustainability on campus.  Whether you're new to Corvallis and OSU or you've been around a while, a self-guided sustainability walking tour of campus is a great way to discover the "green" features of OSU.

Recycling, Composting and Waste Reduction

Oregon State's excellent recycling program formed in 1970.  Today, Campus Recycling has propelled OSU to the forefront of recycling and beyond: to waste reduction.  Check out the informational brochure from Campus Recycling to get acquainted with how recycling on campus works.  See exactly what's recyclable with the resource guide or request service online

Campus Recycling plays another major role in reducing the environmental impact of OSU events.  If your department is organizing an event, contact Campus Recycling to see how to make the event zero waste

Green Buildings and Construction

OSU has multiple buildings with green building features, many of which are certified green buildings through the US Green Building Council's LEED program.  We currently have the only campus heat and/or power facility certified LEED Platinum.

Get Involved and Stay Up to Date

The OSU Sustainability Office and Campus Recycling offer some great ways to get involved:

Find more information on the Faculty & Staff Resources Page

Other Orientation Resources

OSU's Office of Human Resources maintains the New Employee Resources website which provides general orientation materials for all new OSU employees.