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Sustainability Advisory Council

MUSAC 2014-15 self-nomination process now open
Deadline extended through October 14.
More information.

The Sustainability Advisory Council (MUSAC) is an advisory council to the President and the Administrative Cabinet on matters of sustainability to the university. The 12-member council includes students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. 

On-Going Campus Initiatives
Habitat Designation
Current Working Proposals
Coming Events
Nomination Process

On-Going Campus Initiatives

Marylhurst works regularly to:

  • Reduce energy use
    1. Electric power monitoring and conservation practices – 
    heat/cool buildings only when occupied, timers and motion sensors to turn off equipment and lights when not needed, reduced excessive light levels, installed energy efficient florescent and LED lighting
    2. Building envelope energy efficiency – 
    insulation, weather stripping, double pane insulated glass window upgrades
  • Make sparing use of resources and products, and abundant use of recycling opportunities
    1. Recycling metal, paper, plastic, food waste, building materials
    2. Landscape management sustainable practices – 
    reduced chemical use, organic fertilizer, minimal mowing, soil enhancement practices
  • Adopt and follow low-impact building, remodeling and transportation practices
    1. Water-use monitoring and conservation practices –
    low-flow toilets and flush meters, restricted irrigation and low-flow sprinklers
    2. Storm water monitoring and filtering discharge to river
  • Make environmentally responsible purchases

Responsibility for Our Campus Habitat
We hold a strong sense of stewardship for our beautiful campus and its plants and animals. We are a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat and take seriously the campus' health and well-being as a sanctuary for wild nature and for our human souls.

Current Working Proposals

Coming Events

Monthly Meeting
September 16, 2014, at 1 p.m. Visitors welcome.

Deadline: Self-Nomination for MUSAC Membership
October 14, 2014

Monthly Meeting
October 14, 2014, at 12 noon. Visitors welcome.

NW Earth Institute EcoChallenge
October 15-29, 2014

AASHE annual conference: Portland 2014
October 26-29, 2014

Download 2013-14 meeting schedule and MUSAC action teams.

Free Opportunities in Lake Oswego

Sustainability Issues - LO Adult Community Center
The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is hosting classes in its Adult Center Academy, 10-11:30 am, three Saturdays in September. In partnership with SAGE, Senior Advocates for Generation Equity.
• September 20, The Wealth Gap: Is a Revolution in Our Future
• September 27, Money Cant Buy You Love: Wellbeing & Happiness

Lake Oswego Eco Film Festival - Lake Theatre, Lake Oswego
The Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network are co-sponsoring four free films at the Lake Theater with an environmental protection theme.
• September 21, Chasing Ice, 5 pm
• September 28, Vanishing of the Bees, 2 pm

Green Home Tour
September 27, 1-4 pm
Presented by Lake Oswego Sustainability Advisory Board.
This year's Green Home Tour features two unique homes: an Energy Efficient & Aging-in-Place Remodel home and a Net Zero Energy home.

For more information, email or visit Sustainability Advisory Council.

Nomination Process
Nomination process runs from July 20 through October 14.
Every year interested persons may self-nominate for open positions. Open to staff, faculty, students and alumni of Marylhurst University and interested members of the community. Membership on the council is approved by the President's Leadership Team. Download>> Self-Nomination Forms (word doc)

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