Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.92
Liaison Ilda Hershey
Submission Date May 15, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oklahoma State University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Ilda Hershey
Sustainability Coordinator
OSU Physical Plant
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

A brief description of how the institution’s strategic plan or equivalent guiding document addresses sustainability:

OSU's Strategic Plan includes Stewardship of Resources as a Core Value and further stipulates, "We are dedicated to the efficient and effective use of resources and sustainability practices to conserve those resources. We accept responsibility of the public’s trust and are accountable for our actions."


A copy of the strategic plan:
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The website URL where the strategic plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published sustainability plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
Yes

A copy of the sustainability plan:
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The website URL where the sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a published climate action plan (apart from what is reported above)? :
No

A copy of the climate action plan:
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The website URL where the climate action plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have other published plans that address sustainability or include measurable sustainability objectives (e.g. campus master plan, physical campus plan, diversity plan, human resources plan)? :
Yes

A list of other published plans that address sustainability, including public website URLs (if available):
Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Curriculum and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Research and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Campus Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Public Engagement and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Strategic and tactical goals in the OSU Civic Action Plan:
1) Continue needs assessment for the people and groups that the University serves and proceed with plans for meeting those needs.
2) Cultivate the organizational structure to provide easy mechanisms for external partners to collaborate with and gain access to the University.
3) Utilize the University’s resources to serve Oklahoma’s economic development goals.
4) Develop, support, and promote the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity
5) Proudly message OSU achievements and innovations, as well as contributions made locally and globally through service and engagement.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Air & Climate and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Buildings and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Energy and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OSU Energy Management instituted a plan to reduce energy usage across campus. The behavior-based Energy Conservation Program, which features a campus-wide policy and guidelines, has saved the institution about $40M since 2007.  OK Senate Bill 1096 (Oklahoma State facilities Energy Conservation Program) was developed to implement a State energy conservation program modeled after OSU’s and was signed into law in May 2012.  The bill requires a 20% reduction in energy by the year 2020.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Food & Dining and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Grounds and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The OSU Landscape Master Plan contains a section on Campus Outdoor Sustainability Strategies and sustainable landscape management practices, which include: rainwater collection systems for use in raw water irrigation; use of bio-swales and rain gardens to aid in trapping water, pollutants and silt from stormwater runoff; increase of infiltration areas; utilization of permeable paving to reduce stormwater runoff; and prevention of evaporative water loss through the use of mulch in beds. OSU is also a Tree Campus USA institution and meets Tree Campus USA criteria on an annual basis.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Purchasing and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Transportation and the published plans in which each objective is included:
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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Waste and the published plans in which each objective is included:

The OSU Recycling Committee has developed a mission, goals and objectives for reducing campus waste that includes creating a culture of resource conservation, increasing the demand for recycled products, maximizing efficient use and reuse of products, and establishing a single-stream recycling program for Res Halls. Measurable goals include increasing the campus recycling rate to 50% by 2020, and becoming a zero-waste campus by 2025. Objectives are listed in the OSU Recycling Strategic Plan


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Water?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Water and the published plans in which each objective is included:

Raw water infrastructure is being constructed on campus to bring minimally treated water from the campus water source, Lake Carl Blackwell, to campus in dedicated pipes for irrigation purposes. Measurable objectives include completing on-campus drip irrigation lines (nearly complete), creating connection piping from the Lake to the OSU Water Treatment Plant and developing a minimal filtration system. Details are found in the Landscape Master Plan.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Diversity & Affordability and the published plans in which each objective is included:

OSU Diversity Tactical and Measurable Goals 2015-18 include advancing diversity among students, faculty & staff. Students of color will account for 28% of OSU undergraduate students and 25% of Bachelor's degree recipients; faculty of color account for 20.1% of total OSU faculty; and staff of color account for 19% of total OSU staff.


Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Investment & Finance and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address Wellbeing & Work and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Taken together, do the plan(s) reported above include measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas (e.g. arts and culture or technology)?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives that address other areas and the published plans in which each objective is included:

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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body (e.g. a mission statement that specifically includes sustainability and is endorsed by the Board of Trustees)? :
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability (e.g. as included in a published statement or plan):
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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