OUS Sustainability Conference
Sustainability has become a dominant concern for Oregonians. Meeting its associated challenges to our social and economic systems will require bold leadership, long-term planning and commitment, and an ability to adapt to new conditions. For more than a decade Oregon's public universities have been reducing their environmental footprints by experimenting with a wide range of initiatives. Efforts to monitor and reduce greenhouse gases, improve building performance, include life cycle costing considerations, purchase locally grown food, and support student initiatives have brought OUS institutions well-deserved recognition as national leaders in the campus sustainability movement.
On October 23-24, 2008 the University of Oregon hosted the inaugural Oregon University System Sustainability Conference. Senior administrators, auxiliaries directors, staff, and students came together to share on-the-ground successes, discuss new challenges, and build the critical information networks necessary to transform our campuses into models of sustainability. The second OUS Sustainability Conference is planned for February 2011.
To find out more about the First Annual OUS Sustainability Conference and access conference materials click here.