On Friday, April 21st, about 2,000 participants enjoyed many festivities at the Farm at SOU in celebration of Earth Day. There were many exhibits from local organizations, live performances, an electric vehicle showcase, food trucks, and plenty of activities for kids. This year’s Earth Day was sponsored by Sustainability at SOU, the Ashland Food Co-Op, Café Mam, and Stracker Solar. The event was organized by a student team of organizers, along with the event partners; ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, Ashland Food Co-Op, and the Southern Oregon Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Association.
Learn more about this fun and successful event by visiting this SOU News Article.
The City of Ashland has partnered with Southern Oregon University and Forth to bring electric vehicle carshare to Ashland! Our goal is to provide access to affordable, all-electric cars for community members to test drive or use for errands, shopping, or appointments. Carsharing is a system where individuals have access to a network of vehicles for short-term rental. All you need to do is download the Miocar Network app, create an account, and take a brief orientation to use the car. Your first, 4-hour ride is free! After that, it is only $4/hour or $35/day! The car is located 390 Wightman St in Ashland (the SOU parking lot located next to The Hawk Dining Hall and the SOU Student Recreation Center).
Find out more by reading this SOU News Article.
As a certified Tree Campus, SOU has committed to a yearly celebration of Arbor Day. This year, a team of volunteers came together to help the SOU Landscaping Crew plant a series of trees and shrubs in front of the Music Building. Trees are an integral part of environmental stability, helping to combat climate change, purify the air, prevent soil erosion, and filter water. This event followed SOU’s recertification as a national Tree Campus and Bee Campus, reinforcing the university’s commitment to sustainability and creating green spaces on campus that benefit not only the environment, but students as well.
Learn more by reading this SOU News Article.
As the university continues to make commitments towards sustainability, SOU’s Student PEAK Zero Waste Coordinator, Sarah Ross decided education on better recycling practices could be of great benefit to the campus’s environmental impact. To tackle some myths regarding recycling, Sarah interviewed Ashland Recology’s Waste Education Officer, Jamie Rosenthal. This discussion highlighted common misconceptions regarding waste management, ultimately explaining how reducing, reusing, and repairing is far more important than recycling.
Read the full article at this link to learn more!
In September 2022, SOU received its largest donation in the history of the University from Lithia Motors and part of this donation supported the development of the Institute for Applied Sustainability. Since its inception, the Institute has committed to bringing together scholars and practitioners to advance knowledge, lead, and collaborate to create solutions for a beautiful future. The Institutes aims to:
Projects to date delivering on the Institute’s mission and goals cover a wide range of areas including: climate justice; sustainable tourism professional training; student internships; pollinator space at the Farm; electrification of the campus; data for disaster management and a collection of sustainability stories.
The Institute’s faculty, staff, and student fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and programs on campus. This is with the goal of creating a breadth of understanding, which will ultimately strengthen the success of SOU’s Institute for Applied Sustainability as well as the overall sustainability of the university. The breadth of perspectives of the fellows speaks to the University’s recognition that achieving sustainability has many aspects and challenges – not only environmental and technological but also cultural, in our ways of life and the stories we tell.
The staff, faculty and students at the Institute are:
The United Nations Water Conference took place in New York on March 22-24th of this year. This conference brought together around 10,000 participants; including world leaders, scientists, academics, business leaders, and other persons across many sectors. The conference culminated in a commitment of billions of dollars to advance the water agenda, to urgently tackle the water crisis. This included development of alternative food systems, creating resilient infrastructure, improved wastewater treatment plants, and a commitment to establish a UN Special Envoy for Water.
Find the full Summary Report here.
“We must shift our thinking away from short-term gain toward long-term investment and sustainability, and always have the next generations in mind with every decision we make.”
– Deb Haaland, US Secretary of the Interior
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