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

STARS v2.2

Oklahoma State University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Kristeena Blaser
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Services
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

The Student Government Association (SGA) Sustainability Committee promotes sustainability through programs such as Real Cowboys Recycle (tailgate recycling), OSU's EarthFest, Real Pokes Pass It On (move-out collections), and the Green Student Initiative (a small grant program for students to implement projects on campus).

The Environmental Science Club strives to stimulate interest in Environmental Science at OSU and promote fellowship among students with environmental interests. Activities include waste audits, film screenings, river cleanups, water quality testing and topical lectures.

Net Impact is an organization that teaches students the latest about sustainability, corporate responsibility, and social entrepreneurship. Activities include Small Steps Big Wins, the installation and promotion of water bottle refill stations on campus, and American Recycles Day event participation.

Okstate Sierra Club organizes camping trips, hikes, film screenings, and litter clean-ups. OSU Vegetarians & Friends host local dinners where the group either cooks together or dines out to learn more about sustainable food choices.

The Society of Environmental Scientists promotes and advances environmental knowledge and undertakes projects that enhance environmental quality and provide an avenue for Environmental Science graduate students and professionals. Activities include movie nights, river and lake clean-ups, and lectures.

The Biosystems & Ag Engineering Graduate Student Association creates awareness about the process of planning, funding and implementing research projects to prepare graduate students for industry and the academic world. They have focused their Green Student Initiative awards on raising sustainability awareness in Family & Graduate Student Housing.

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter hosts programming events related to sustainability such as the ChemCar Competition, which requires students to design for zero environmental impact.

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Family & Graduate Student Housing students share a community garden right in their neighborhood on campus. Each spring, residents may sign up for a 10' X 10' plot within the garden.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Real Pokes Pass It On is a collaborative effort between the SGA Sustainability Committee, Housing & Residential Life, Parent & Family Relations, and is co-sponsored by the Student Union Activities Board. At the end of the spring semester unwanted items such as clothing and furniture are collected from students and stored until the beginning of the fall semester when they are sold to students, faculty, and staff for reuse. Proceeds are donated to charity. This program is considered an enterprise as 1) summer storage place is solicited as a donation, 2) collected items are inventoried, 3) items are resold in fall for cash, which is collected and managed by students and donated to charity along with any unsold items.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The SGA Sustainability Committee operates a sustainable micro-finance program called the Green Student Initiative. Approximately $40,000 per year is awarded to students and student orgs. to conduct a green project on campus. Students must develop the project, create a budget, and written proposals. Finalists present the project idea to a panelists of judges and may receive up to $5,000 to carry out their initiative in the following academic year.

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

Each academic year, SGA Sustainability Committee hosts a Green Student Forum, which convenes leaders of about a dozen student orgs. that are related to sustainability. The GSI focuses on ways to collaborate throughout the year and especially during OSU's Earth Week and Earth Fest held in April.

The Finding Center Conference, organized by OSU’s student chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, features internationally-known keynote speakers and breakout sessions that appeal to sustainability in design for engineers, policy makers, scientists, developers, land owners, community members, and more.  The full-day conference attracts students, regional professionals, faculty, alumni and the general public and is held in Stillwater every even year.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Landscape Architecture students often display installations of work that relates to sustainability such as recycle bins made from recycled or discarded materials. These installations have been showcased in the Student Union's gallery.

Earth Week is hosted by SGA Sustainability and the Student Union Activities board. It occurs every year around Earth Day and focuses on educating the OSU community on sustainability and enjoying the outdoors with EarthFest as its center point.

EarthFest features a day of music performances, student environmental design displays, sustainability exhibits, vendors, vegetarian food, and fun activities.

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Outdoor Adventure emphasizes adventure, environmental awareness, personal development, safety training, wilderness travel and fun through its workshops and trip programs. As part of our program design philosophy, OSU Outdoor Adventure teaches and models the Principles of Leave No Trace ethics to student participants.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Office of Sustainability employs and trains students to conduct student outreach presentations and develop/execute marketing plans year-round for various sustainability programs, projects and events.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

The Sustainability Office offers volunteer projects to involve students and student orgs. that contribute to learning by introducing a challenge or issue, providing training, and monitoring progress. Volunteer projects range from helping with STARS data collection to marketing the water bottle refill stations to checking outdoor lighting around campus to ensure lights are not on during the day.

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