Sustainable Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Whether you have a significant other, best friend, or just want to treat yo self this holiday, make sure you do it sustainably. We’ve got some great tips to show that special someone you care while also being friendly to the environment and to the human body!


Winter 2017 Sustainability Newsletter

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Check out our Winter term Sustainability Newsletter for information on the Sustainability Leadership Certificate, The Farm at SOU, OSPIRG, the upcoming Access Day of Service, and other upcoming events!


Zipcars at SOU

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Ever noticed the parking spots by Greensprings and the Hawk on Wightman that say “Zipcars Only”? Well, what is a Zipcar?: A Zipcar is a car that belongs to SOU that students can rent for as little as 1 hour, to as long as 7 days!


Snapchat Contest

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Calling all digital designers!!! Sustainability at SOU is having a contest to see who can design the best Snapchat geofilters for five different sustainable aspects of our campus! All the guidelines are included in this poster, as well as Snapchat’s parameters for the actual image.

SOU Recognized as Bicycle-Friendly University

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Southern Oregon University joined 163 other visionary colleges and universities around the country today when it was recognized as a Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists.

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Sustainability Tip of the Month : Sea-Food Smartly

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Many of us love seafood, but between overfishing and news of slavery in the fishing industry, it’s important to be aware of what our purchases are supporting. Fortunately, there are things we can do to make wise choices in our seafood purchases.

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Sustainable Landscape: SOU Bioswale

SOU Bioswale

Did you know that SOU has a bioswale? A bioswale is a biofilter that collects and removes pollutants from a parking lot using natural elements similar to the way a wetland purifies water. Plants, rocks, soil, and microscopic organisms filter pollutants out of the water before it enters our streams.


Recycling at SOU 411

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Did you know that recycling is one of the easiest and most accessible ways for you to reduce your carbon footprint? According to the EPA, recycling provides an annual benefit of 49.7 million metric tons of carbon equivalent emissions reduced! That is comparable to removing 39.4 million passenger cars from the road each year!


Sustainability Tip of the Month – Consider Your Cosmetics

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We all use a variety of products on our bodies, be it shampoo, lotion, makeup or soap. Some of these products may be harmful to your health or the environment. Consider these tips to reduce the impacts of the products you use.


Campus Sustainability Month

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SOU is proud to participate in Campus Sustainability Month throughout October. This annual event, hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), celebrates higher education sustainability achievements while raising awareness of the value of sustainability in higher education.