|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
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Sustainability & Recycling Coordinator
Facilities Management & Planning
SOU's sustainability website provides information on sustainability-related academic programs, engagement opportunities, and campus operations. The site provides links to information on the Sustainability Council; articles in local newspapers; courses, degrees and concentrations; faculty; current initiatives and future plans; the SOU Climate Action Plan; the Farm at SOU; and student projects.
A quarterly sustainability newsletter is emailed to the entire campus population each term. The newsletter includes updates on energy usage and waste generated on campus; a highlight of sustainability-related student projects; articles on sustainability initiatives; updates on the Sustainability Council; upcoming events and more.
SOU has several social media platforms that focus on campus sustainability. The following campus sustainability groups each have Facebook pages where they post events, updates, facts, tips, and other relevant information for the campus and community relating to sustainability:
SOU Sustainability and Recycling: https://www.facebook.com/sourecycles
Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS): https://www.facebook.com/EcologyCenteroftheSiskiyous/?fref=ts
ECOS Garden: https://www.facebook.com/ECOSgarden/?fref=ts
The Farm at SOU: A Center for Sustainability: https://www.facebook.com/TheFarmatSOU/?fref=ts
SOU Bike program: https://www.facebook.com/SOU-Bike-Program-243298732384837/?fref=ts
SOU Commuter Resource Center: https://www.facebook.com/SOUCommuterResourceCenter/?fref=ts
SOU Landscaping: https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Oregon-University-Landscape-301903273283504/?fref=ts
The SOU Green House also has a Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/SouGreenhouse/) The SOU Green House is an exciting new solution-oriented learning community at Southern Oregon University that focuses on sustainability, adventure, leadership, and applied research. Students, faculty, and community members work together to understand and solve problems through investigation, collaboration and action.
The Rogue Journal of Undergradute Research (RJUR) accepts submissions of research to be considered for publication. Additionally, SOU's Sustainability Newsletter features student sustainability research when appropriate.
In the lobby of the LEED Platinum Higher Education Center in Medford, OR visitors can learn about the building's green features and its solar performance. A monitor in the lobby displays a dashboard by Deck Monitoring with information on the amount of solar energy being produced. There is also signage highlighting the green building features.
On the Main SOU campus, there are signs on the LEED certified buildings within the LEED Gold Certified Raider Village. These include the Hawk Dining Facility, and Shasta and McLoughlin residence halls. The signs discuss the sustainable features of each building and provides sustainability tips for residents and visitors to follow.
The campus dining areas have signage on the walls and every dining table with information about nutrition, local foods, trayless dining, waste reduction, packaging, and composting. The signage on the tables include scanable tags for students to learn more about SOU's sustainable dining practices and find tips for ways to incorporate sustainability into their own lives. Additionally there are signs advertising the dining hall's reusable take-out containers.
SOU Landscaping has installed signage to identify campus pollinator gardens. They have also installed a number of signs around campus advertising SOU's designation as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat, Bee Campus USA, and Tree Campus USA. Additionally, there is interpretive signage discussing the principles and plants found in the campus bioswale runoff mitigation garden.
Sustainability tours are available upon request. Sustainability tours include a walking tour of campus highlighting existing sustainability practices including the bike share program, recycling program, the Farm at SOU, organic community garden, LEED buildings, Ecology and Sustainability Resource Center, solar arrays, and other campus sustainability projects and resources.
Southern Oregon University's Commuter Resource Center's website includes information for commuters on alternative transportation including walking, biking, skating, transit, and ride sharing in partnership with the Transportation Options program.
SOU's newly revamped bike program offers ongoing support for bicyclists and pedestrians on campus. The program hosts educational events and workshops, including how to weatherize your bike, biker safety, and bike repair workshops.
SOU's Transportation Options program also provides materials for bicyclists and pedestrians. The program gives students an opportunity to sign up for a free Go Kit, where they can request materials on their chosen mode of transportation. Materials available to students include maps, safety guides, reflective stickers, bike lights, and more.
SOU's Housing Department supplies students and visitors with a brochure detailing the green features of the LEED Gold residence halls, as well as sustainable living tips for students. Some of the tips found in the brochure include:
Use EnergyStar electronics and compact fluorescent light bulbs; Set a schedule for your thermostat to turn off during class or other times when your apartment is vacant; Reduce electrical ‘phantom’ loads by plugging electrical items into a surge protector and turning it off when not in use; and more!
SOU's Ecology & Sustainability Resource Center (ECOS) publishes a monthly newsletter highlighting student sustainability initiatives on campus, current sustainability events, and opportunities to get involved.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.