SOU Winter 2020 Newsletter Marker Recycling Sustainability

The Winter Sustainability Newsletter is here! Check it out for campus updates on sustainability, recent awards and what interns and professors are doing to bring sustainability into their classes.

SOU Sustainability Centralized Indoor Recycling

Staff from across campus are saying goodbye to their trash cans* – and we’ve already gotten rid of ours at Facilities, Management and Planning! SOU has a centralized trash and recycling system.

SOU Fall 2019 Sustainability Newsletter Reduce Food Waste

The Fall Sustainability Newsletter is here! Find out about the newly named Student Sustainability Center, SOU’s new Sustainability and Recycling Manager, an approach to reduce food waste and much more.

electric vehicle plugged into charger

The Electric Vehicle (EV) market continues to grow, with more makes and models available now than ever before. However, sometimes the breadth of options can be challenging to navigate. Join Sustainability at SOU and Forth Mobility for the EV 101 Workshop open to all SOU faculty and staff.

orange flowers

SOU’s Earth Week 2019 (April 15-20th) is an entire week dedicated to bringing awareness to the important issues facing the planet. It’s also a time for celebration! Student groups from all across campus have come together to host some pretty spectacular events. Check them out here.

SOU Students Farmers Market

Zero Waste Week is coming to SOU January 28th – February 2nd. It is a week full of fun events that promote waste habit awareness and education on how to reduce the waste that we produce. Read on for the full line up of events, including a film screening, zero waste meals, and the zero waste challenge!

SOU president signing real food challenge document

SOU became the first Oregon university to join the “Real Food Challenge” by pledging to support ecologically sustainable, humane and socially equitable food systems. The university agreed that at least 20 percent of its food budget by 2023 will be spent on “real food” rather than unhealthy products or those produced by industrial farms.

LEED Gold Dormitories at SOU

Southern Oregon University’s solar power prospects will become considerably brighter this fall, with the installations of three new photovoltaic arrays and a 57 percent increase in generating capacity.

Solar Panels at SOU

An important step in mitigating climate change is measuring progress. SOU conducts annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories to monitor and track progression toward the university’s GHG reduction targets. The GHG inventory report for the 2017 fiscal year is now available.

Items Collected for Goodwill

For the seventh consecutive year, SOU Recycling and Southern Oregon Goodwill have partnered to collect unwanted goods from students as they move out of the residence halls. During this year’s collection drive, SOU students donated more than 10,400 pounds of reusable items.