Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.56
Liaison Kristeena Blaser
Submission Date Aug. 25, 2021

STARS v2.2

Oklahoma State University
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.40 / 4.00 Kristeena Blaser
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Services
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement:

Students from an advanced apparel design class created a sustainable collection, where their exhibition was showcased at the OSU Museum of Art. The artists "explored the ideals of feminine behavior and gendered roles" and used Native American culture to inspire their designs. All clothing items were made from recycled or reused materials. Website: https://statemagazine.okstate.edu/Rebirth_A_Fashion_Show


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Public Engagement?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Public Engagement:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Air & Climate?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Air & Climate:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Buildings:

Hisham Abuella, a Ph.D. student at ECE received a Green Student Initiative grant to fund a project that measures light intensity to estimate people's occupancy in a room, and automatically regulate the room's heating ventilation, air conditioning, and lighting to improve OSU sustainability and energy efficiency. Hisham is working with campus energy managers on the proper test conditions.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Energy?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Energy:

The Utilities engineering department hosted a vendor's technology demonstration session for civil engineering students to obtain hands-on field experience, while confirming the underground utilities on Hester Street, in preparation of upcoming winter construction project. Such demonstration sessions further the potential for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology to explore future pilot training programs in the field of nondestructive testing and evaluation.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Food & Dining?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Food & Dining:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Grounds?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Grounds:

As a part of a Green Student Initiative, students and Landscape Services personnel collaborated to plant an Oklahoma Native Plant Corridor that serves as an example of sustainable landscape and also a place for science students to find live specimens of native species.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:
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IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Transportation:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Waste?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Waste:

In spring 2019, students replicated a 2013 OSU waste stream analysis with 6 campus buildings. They found the recycling rate, contamination rate, and compared these across campus. Then they proposed practical ideas for how to increase the recycling rate and decrease the amount (volume and weight) of trash that OSU sends to the landfill each year.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Water:

Engineering and Pathology classes continue to visit the water treatment plant every semester to learn firsthand how the facility produces potable water. The plant, originally built in 1944 as a teaching establishment that experimented with innovative technologies, also employees university students as laboratory technicians and operators.


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:
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