|Submission Date||April 30, 2015|
Oregon State University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration
Does the institution collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community?:
A brief summary of papers, guides, presentations, and other resources the institution has developed to share their sustainability experience with other institutions:
The OSU Sustainability Office helps plan the biennial Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC), which brings together colleges and universities across Oregon to focus on topics of sustainability. The first conference in 2008, attended by nearly 300 participants, brought together students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the State Board of Higher Education to discuss green purchasing, energy management, co-curricular activities, and alternative transportation. OSU hosted in 2011, assisted in planning for 2013 and will again consult with the host institution for the 2016 conference.
Additionally, as the longest serving sustainability officer within Oregon higher education, the OSU Sustainability Coordinator has made numerous presentations at community colleges, K-12 schools, hospitals and other organizations in Oregon and beyond regarding sustainability program development and sustainability-related best practices.
The names of local, state/provincial, regional, national, or international campus sustainability organizations or consortia in which the institution participates and/or is a member:
OSU is of course an AASHE member!
Although not an organization dealing strictly with higher education, OSU is a member of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, a network of organizations and individuals in Corvallis, Oregon. The Coalition formed in 2007 to bring together businesses, non-profits, faith communities, educational institutions, and government entities in the Corvallis area to accelerate the creation of a sustainable community - one that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality.
OSU staff also participate in the Oregon Interagency Sustainability Coordinators Network.
OHESC planning committee, as mentioned above.
Oregon sustainability officers network.
A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :
The OSU Sustainability Coordinator hosts and facilitates periodic conference calls amongst sustainability officers at other Oregon higher education institutions to exchange ideas and resources about how to make higher ed in Oregon more sustainable and increase our national impact and reputation.
Two-three times per year, Oregon higher education contacts meet face-to-face to discuss current issues, network, get to know each other better and to get inspired. Students are included annually in these in-person meetings.
The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:
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