Our Sustainable Campus

Sustainability is nothing new at Oregon State. We’ve been doing it for years. And we still are. We were one of the first universities in the country to begin exploring the potential of wind energy in the 1970s. Oregon’s 1971 Bottle Bill, the first of its kind in the U.S., is widely considered the start of the recycling movement. OSU’s recycling efforts beat it by a year.

Today, OSU recycles more than 2.5 million pounds annually. Our exercise equipment is connected to the grid. The EPA calls us a “Green Power Leader.”

And our Student Sustainability Initiative engages more than 500 students a year, and offers more opportunities to be involved than almost any other campus in the country.

Watch our video on sustainability at OSU, and hear from sustainability coordinator Brandon Trelstad and Student Sustainability Initiative program facilitator Brian Laird to learn more.

And get involved! http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/

3 Responses to “Our Sustainable Campus”

  1. Steve says:

    What I would like to see are programs and fliers designed to educate students what to recycle, and how to recycle it. I routinely see students either throwing away recyclable materials, or trying to recycle things which cannot be recycled such as dirty food items and styrofoam. We have compostable food containers on campus, but what good are they doing if they go in the trash? What about composting? There is a strong will to do the right thing, but OSU needs some additional education and direction to get it done right. If someone wants to recycle, why not give them the option every single time by placing recycling containers next to each and every trashcan on campus?

  2. Sunday Adeeyo says:

    i am interested in agruculture programs

  3. Dave says:

    Hi Sunday! There are a host of amazing agriculture programs at our College of Agricultural Sciences. With more then $50,000,000 in grant funded research happening yearly through the college, there are a host of research opportunities as well. There are programs on everything from crop and soil science to wine and artisan cheese, and everything in between.

    Check it out here: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/students/undergrad/future/majors-programs

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