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

STARS v2.2

Oklahoma State University
IN-40: Sustainability Projects Fund

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Kristeena Blaser
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Services
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Name of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:
Green Student Initiative

Which of the following best describes the primary source of funding for the sustainability projects fund?:
Hybrid

Year the institution’s sustainability projects fund was established:
2,010

A brief description of the institution’s sustainability projects fund:

In the spring semester of 2010, the student body of Oklahoma State University had the option to vote on a referendum attached to the elections ballot for Student Government Association President, Vice President, and Senators. The referendum was called the Oklahoma State University Green Student Initiative (OGSI), and consisted of implementing a $3 flat fee per student per semester. The money raised by the fee would fund the position of a Director of Sustainability for the Stillwater campus, two scholarships for student interns, and grant money for student proposals implementing sustainable practices on campus.

The referendum passed the student vote with over 70% in favor of implementing the fee. However, it was later decided that a fee would not be the best option to raise funds, and the university set aside $40,000 for the program annually. With this, a few changes were made to the OGSI. It was decided the funds would be best utilized if they all went to support student proposals for sustainable or environmentally themed campus projects or programs. Proposals would be submitted to a board composed of selected student and faculty for review.


A brief description of the multi-stakeholder decision-making process used to determine which projects receive funding through the sustainability projects fund:

The Sustainability Committee, under the Student Government Association also oversees the selection process of the Green Student Initiative Grants--a program in which students with new ideas for OSU's campus can be provided resources to make their original initiatives happen. Through an application and interview-presentation process, recipients are selected by a panel of judges and awarded grants to fund their initiatives.


Website URL where information about the sustainability projects fund is available:
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