OSU Successful at Mixing Blue and Yellow

SciSHort_4_23_15by Sidney Reilly

OSU has achieved rarified air as one of Princeton Review’s “50 Top Green Schools.” The publication of the Princeton Review’s 2015 Guide to 353 Green Colleges, where this list resides, is of course a hotly anticipated release each year, where young adults and their parents presumably base their $100,000-plus education purchase decision not on the rank of an engineering or math department, but the rank of the recycling program at an institution.

Or wait, am I misunderstanding this press release? Is it possible this list is of the most jealous schools in the country?

OSU was ranked the 38th greenest, with Lewis and Clark in first place, Portland State rated 11th, and Willamette University coming in 13th. Oregon was pretty solidly represented on a list that basically encompassed every university in California, Oregon, New York, and Vermont.

“OSU continues to be recognized for going above and beyond in its efforts to create a sustainable campus and a well-rounded student experience that increases awareness of critical global issues,” said OSU sustainability coordinator Brandon Trelstad in a press release. “It’s great to be consistently recognized by the Princeton Review and other organizations, and it encourages us to keep meeting higher goals for our sustainability efforts.”

Princeton Review analyzed the environmental policies and initiatives at 861 colleges across the United States, and rated OSU a 98. A substantial sustainability committee and transportation alternatives were cited among the Beaver factory’s strong points. The exercise machines at Dixon Rec Center, some of which feed kinetic energy back into the school’s power grid, also got a favorable mention.

Notably not getting mentioned was the baseball team, which uses brand new balls at every game. Doesn’t that seem bonkers? I mean, you’re telling me they can’t reuse a few baseballs? Those things aren’t recyclable. Or maybe they are. I’m definitely not on the list…