Take Action

Learn more about ways you can make a difference at OHSU or in the community.

Take action at OHSU

View the following suggestions and learn more about how you can make a difference at OHSU.

Start a Recycling Program

OHSU takes recycling and its benefits very seriously. OHSU offers free, comprehensive campus-wide recycling for research facilities and laboratories, hospitals, clinics and general facilities. OHSU's Grounds department and Environmental Health & Radiation Safety department also operate programs that conserve OHSU's natural resources and reduce waste. OHSU's Recycling Center provides free, comprehensive recycling services for all departments on Marquam Hill campus, as well as Macadam Warehouse, Marquam Plaza, Marquam II and ADP.

Read more about our recycling programs


Green Purchasing Tips for Office Supplies

Environmentally preferable purchasing benefits the environment in the following ways. 

  • Reduces waste
  • Conserves natural resources including water and energy
  • Reduces the amount of pollution emitted
  • Reduces toxic material use

Before purchasing new office supplies, please check out the free Office Supply Reuse Program.


Join the Green Team

GreenTeam membership is free and open to OHSU volunteers, students and employees who volunteer their time.   all members whom volunteer their time. Being a GreenTeam member is an opportunity to co-design and lead sustainable, green projects, events and educational campaigns for OHSU.  

OHSU employees, students and volunteers can learn more about the Green Team on OHSU's intranet and by emailing us at .


Sustainability Success Stories and Suggestions

It is important to the GreenTeam to share with the OHSU community what other groups on campus are doing in support of the environment. Please contact the GreenTeam if you would like to share your story or provide any suggestions you may have about how the GreenTeam can take action to further OHSU's green commitment.  Email us at .

Take action in the community

There are many ways to take action in the community.  The Green Team recommends the following.


Purchase locally grown food

The best place to find locally grown food is at a local farmers market.  At the OHSU Farmers Market vendors sell local produce, meat, cheese, hot food, dessert, dips and more.  These goods travel short distances and are free of wasteful packaging, plus they are fresh and taste fantastic.

Conserve energy and resources

There are many ways to conserve energy and resources through your daily activities. A few examples include

  • Turning off computer, lights and other electricity consuming equipment when not in use.
  • Washing laundry with cold water and hang drying when possible
  • Turning the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer
  • Eating fewer animal products
  • Buying previously used or recovered items.

 These actions add up and can make a big difference!

Use sustainable transportation

Transportation can be one of the biggest challenges to Green living.  In this day and age most of us have a need to get from one place to another quickly, but driving a car alone is one of the worst options for the environment and often the most expensive option.  Besides driving there are many other ways to get around, consider the following

  • carpooling
  • bus
  • train
  • light rail / street car
  • bicycling

You can get just about anywhere in the Portland area using TriMet services.  Biking is the most sustainable mode of transportation short of walking or running.   The OHSU bicycling community gives OHSU employees incentive for choosing  bicycling as their primary commuting option.   Read more about Biking to Work.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle

  • Reduce. The most effective way to make a postivie impact on the environment is to reduce the amount of items you purchase and use.  If you don't need it, don't buy it, or buy as little as possible.  Pay attention to how much packaging an item has before you decide to purchase it, and don't take more than you will use. 
  • Reuse. If you cannot reduce what you use, reusing it is the next best choice.  Purchase items used before by others or find alternative uses to items after you've used them. 
  • Recycle. Lastly, before throwing anything in the trash, find out if it can be recycled.    For more information about regional waste management services, visit Metro's web site.