Events and News
In April the student-run Oregon Tech Sustainability Club held a week of events leading up to Earth Day (4/22) that included the 2nd annual Sustainapalooza in downtown Klamath Falls on Saturday, April 21st.
Organizations involved in the weeklong celebration of “Earth Week” included Oregon Tech Facilities Management Services, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Klamath Tree League.
Other Earth Week activities took place at the on-campus arboretum, the on-campus organic garden, and the native garden areas.
The Oregon Tech Tiny House Movement initiative continues to take shape. This is a student-led cross disciplinary effort meant to bring awareness to sustainable lifestyles by downsizing living spaces to several hundred square feet, as opposed to the typical home footprint in the U.S. of around 2,500 square feet.
In February, members of the Oregon Tech Sustainability Committee were among the over 400 attendees at the Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC). Centered on sustainability efforts to inspire action and promote change inside regional colleges and universities, the weeklong conference also featured collaborative workshops and networking opportunities. This year the conference was held in Portland and had over 100 speakers.
The Sustainability Committee is also attempting to work with Sodexo dining services to see how campus organizations that are working on sustainability efforts can cooperate and align with Sodexo’s long term corporate plan (10-20 years) to improve sustainability.
May 18th is the Klamath Falls Bike To Work Day event. This is part of the local Blue Zones Project and is designed to encourage “active transportation.” That is, using only human-generated physical activity for the purpose of locomotion.
InventOR (INVENT Oregon) – At the end of June, Oregon Tech will host this entrepreneurial competition that is designed to encourage student inventors and channel their activity toward future successful businesses. InventOR is supported by the Portland-based Lemelson Foundation whose stated mission is “to use the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the United States.” Twelve high schools from across the state will come to Klamath Falls to compete.
The Cornett Hall renovation continues. When finished, the improvements will incorporate a U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Cornett will be the second campus building with a LEED “green building” rating, the first being Dow Hall.