Thank you to all the volunteers who were rooted in their community and participated in the 2017 Earth Day of Service on Saturday April 22nd!!!! The annual Earth Day of Service invites Oregon State students, staff, faculty, and their children/dependents to celebrate planet Earth through community projects focused on environmental conservation and restoration.

The Earth Day of Service strives to uphold holistic sustainability through focusing on social connection and bridge building between OSU students, faculty, and staff and Corvallis area community agencies, completing environmental conservation and restoration service projects aimed at addressing community need, and economically allowing community agency resources to go farther through the utilization of volunteer energy, time, and talents.

We had 100 volunteers from the OSU community who completed 7 different service projects with a total of 287 service hours for Earth Day of Service! The service projects were an incredible success, as OSU volunteers made a difference by doing all of the following:

Garden Work Party with Produce for the PeopleCleared 3 plots of Timothy Grass. Pulled and laid down cover crops on 8+ plots. Emptied trash bin almost 10 times.
Spring Cleaning at Sunset Natural Area with Corvallis Parks & RecreationRaked out dead leaves, sticks, and laid down new bark dust and mulch at Dunawi Creek. Removed invasive species and pruning of other plants.
Spring Gardening with SAGEOne full plot weeded, soil turned and prepared for planting and about 50 lettuce starters planted.
Enhancing Butterfly Habitat at Beazell Memorial Forest with Institute for Applied EcologyPulled scotch broom from a field in the forest to restore butterfly habitat. Crew almost cleared an entire 500 x 200 yard field.
Stream Stewardship Activity with Greenbelt Land TrustRemoved invasive Douglas firs and other plants.
SEC (Student Experience Center) Food Forest: Chopped some weeds, planted some berry bushes and a fig tree, and spread a fresh layer of wood chips on the soil to keep the place looking fresh.
March for ScienceStudents joined the global March for Science movement in Corvallis. Marched through downtown Corvallis to Central Park and showed support for science and intellectual freedom during a time of factual repression.
 
Thank you all again for participating!!! If you want to see more pictures and learn more about upcoming events, please visit our Facebook.
 

“The division between ecology and human rights was an artificial one, that the environmental and social justice movements addressed two sides of a single larger dilemma. The way we harm the earth affects all people, and how we treat one another is reflected in how we treat the earth.” -- Paul Hawken

                                                           

 

The 2016 Earth Day of Service Projects took place on Saturday April 23rd. We were able to send 110 volunteers from the OSU community to 9 different service project sites, completing a total of 360 service hours!

Here is a summary of each project for Earth Day of Service 2016:

  • Campus Tree Planting with Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Landscaping: 10 trees planted with compost, mulched with wood chips and staked
  • Pollinator Garden Creation with Student Sustainability Initiative and Campus Landscaping: Planted a variety of shrubs and herbaceous plants attractive to pollinators, spread a seed mix of pollinator-friendly plants, mulched plants, watered, and cleaned the site
  • Land Conservation with Greenbelt Land Trust: 22 rolls of fencing and a lot of barbed wire removed, clean-up and preparation of compost areas for future conservation projects
  • Craft N’ Care for Meals on Wheels: One grocery bag full of decorated paper lunch sacks, about 30 painted flower pots
  • Oak Creek Invasive Species Removal with OSU Office of Sustainability: About 400 sq. feet of space covered, removed blackberry bushes and ivy on ground and wrapped around trees, pile about 4 feet high and 2.5 feet diameter stacked of invasive species removed, litter picked up in area
  • Park Clean-Up with Corvallis Parks & Recreation: Distributed 20 cubic yards of mulch, used mulch and cardboard to create a pesticide-free area of the park
  • Daytripper with Wetlands Conservancy: 1 truckload of garbage picked up on Oregon Coast, 6 trees “de-ivyfied”
  • Smoke Free Campus Clean-up with OSU Student Health Services: 2,808 butts cleaned up, 19 bags of other litter
  • Forest Restoration with the Diverse Perspectives in Forestry Group and Institute for Applied Ecology: 2.5 acres of meadow habitat restored through invasive species removal.

Collaborating organizations included the College of Forestry/Diverse Perspectives in Forestry Group, the Student Sustainability Initiative, and SOLVE.

Earth Day is April 22nd each year. Make every day Earth Day.

Earth Day is an annual day when events are held worldwide to increase awareness, appreciation, protection, and conservation of the Earth's natural environment. Now Earth Day is coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. Learn more about the Earth Day Movement.

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