Green. Been There. Doing That.

At OSU, sustainability is nothing new. For decades we’ve been leading the way in innovation and stewardship. We’re celebrating all of those who make a difference, from leading research, informing policy and creating a student community committed to a healthy planet. At OSU, this spirit is who we are. It’s who we’ve always been. If making a difference matters to you, we want you to be part of our community. That’s what it means to be Powered by Orange. Below you will find real world examples of how OSU people are making the world a better place to live.

  • OSU has the first — and only — LEED Platinum power plant in the nation.
  • OSU is home to notable centers in solar power and wave energy, three climate change research centers, 15 agricultural experiment stations statewide, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
  • OSU is ranked a Green Power Leader by the EPA, a top 25 Cool Schools for Greenness by the Sierra Club and a Campus Sustainability Leader by the Sustainable Endowments Institute.
  • OSU ranks #1 nationally in conservation biology and in wildlife science.
    Campus recreation center treadmills are connected to the power grid, a nationwide first.
  • Campus buildings compete to see who can reduce their electricity use the most during the annual Building Energy Challenge.
  • OSU set a new record and won the RecycleMania Civil Wark two years running.
  • The new student picnic during CONNECT week is a zero-waste event.
  • OSU’s MBA program offers a Clean Technology Track.
  • Students help reduce OSU’s ecological footprint through education and activism by the Student Sustainability Initiative.
  • Since 2000, the Organic Growers Club has brought more than 300 students, faculty and staff together around a common interest in sustainably grown food.
  • The Organic Growers Club hosts a weekly farmers market for vegetables grown on nearly two acres of OSU agricultural research land.
  • Earth Day isn’t enough time to cover all the sustainability activities at OSU. We’ve extended it to Earth Week.
  • During the annual Energy Civil War, OSU competes against the UO to see who can produce the most electricity from exercise equipment connected to the grid.
  • Student Sustainability Initiative grants distributed $20,000 in FY2011 for sustainability-related student projects, research and education.
  • The annual Campus Carbon Challenge encourages the OSU community to change at least three behaviors to reduce their personal carbon emissions.
  • Residence hall students donated 11,651 lbs. of housewares, food, toiletries, clothing, bedding and furniture to nonprofits when they moved out last year.
  • Ecampus offers an online certificate program in Sustainable Natural Resources.
  • A student-designed solar trailer supplements electrical power at the Student Sustainability Center, and it’s also used to power events around campus.
  • OSU students started recycling efforts in 1970, a year before Oregon’s famous Bottle Bill.
  • 2011 is the 11th consecutive Earth Day Community Fair on campus. We had one for the first Earth Day in 1970, too.
  • Students approved a fee to expand recycling and other sustainability initiatives in a 2003 vote.
  • Students voted for a $8.50 fee per term in 2007 to purchase renewable energy.
  • Corvallis was one of the first cities in Oregon to have curbside residential recycling, in part thanks to recycling efforts at OSU.
  • OSU’s Institute for Natural Resources was established in 2001; the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute was established in 2007.
  • OSU was among the first universities nationwide to establish an undergraduate program in environmental sciences.
  • OSU in 2011 was named one of the Princeton Review’s “Green Colleges.”
  • OSU was one of two universities in the U.S. to begin exploring the potential of wind energy in the 1970s.
  • A student-led initiative recycles 3,000 lbs. of waste at each home football game.
  • OSU earned a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System.

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