|Submission Date||April 30, 2015|
Oregon State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:
Accomplishments are detailed in OSU's annual sustainability reports: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/sustainability/planning-policy-assessment/annual-reports
Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
The OSU Sustainability Advisory Council was formed in fall 2011 by the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration and the Sustainability Coordinator. Its primary objectives are to prioritize actions toward improvement in areas like student engagement, operations and investment that advance sustainability at OSU. The Council also determines and refines a broad range of institutional goals and priorities like carbon neutrality, service learning targets, and community relations.
The Council recommends actions and resources in formulating programs, concepts and strategies as they are sought by the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and assists in leveraging internal and external funding for projects and initiatives. A core goal of the council is to implement sustainability elements from the Strategic Plan and help inform the next round of strategic planning.
The council provides the Vice President of Finance and Administration updates on progress every year on key initiatives via an annual report that details progress using existing indicators.
The Council serves as advisory to the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration and to the Sustainability Office. As needed, the Council will establish Coordination Teams to address priority issues. Teams will be led by a member of the Council and may add members from the university community as needed. Team members will be appointed by the Council. Teams will focus on advancing initiatives that address Sustainability Council objectives. Coordination Teams report to the Council on a regular basis.
Potential Opportunities for Coordination Teams
2. Civic engagement
3. Greenhouse gas emissions reduction
4. Purchasing and materials
5. Sustainability metrics data collection improvement
6. Academic interface
Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):
Emily Bowling, Student Leadership and Involvement
Brigitte Cluver, Design/Human Environment
Jen Christion Myers, Student Sustainability Initiative
David Dodson, Campus Planning
Lucas Friedrichsen, Technology Support Services
Peg Herring, Extension & Experiment Station Communications
John Lambrinos, Horticulture
Sonja Mae, Sustainability Office
Andrea Norris, Campus Recyling
Jesse Pettibone, Student Sustainability Initiative
Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Office
Marianne Vydra, Athletics
The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
A brief description of each sustainability office:
The Sustainability Office is the primary support organization for sustainability efforts at OSU, helping facilitate and manage projects, network on- and off-campus entities, and support student, academic, research and outreach efforts. The office is engaged in multiple partnerships with collaborative organizations such as Campus Recycling, the Student Sustainability Initiative and the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.
The Sustainability Office was formed by the creation of a full-time sustainability coordinator in 2005. Another full-time position was created in 2008, as the university understood the need for another staff member to focus on energy data acquisition and management.
While the office focuses partially on campus operations, projects and initiatives are created in to address multiple areas of sustainability. Student engagement is encouraged through experiential learning projects, such as: energy and water systems analysis, feasibility studies for green building elements, campaigns to promote cultural change, and policy impacts and development. The office is also making an effort to incorporate sustainability issues into academic programs by assisting departments to integrate sustainability into their curriculum.
The office is involved with many campus and community events where we inform the public about sustainability at OSU and encourage people to get involved.
The Sustainability Office engages in other ongoing activities including: overseeing conservation and renewable energy projects on campus; supporting campus departments and students in their efforts to become more sustainable; acting as a single point of contact for on- and off-campus inquiries; referring questions to proper campus experts in education, research, and Extension; representing OSU administration in sustainability endeavors; and networking stakeholders.
Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Name and title of each sustainability officer:
A brief description of each sustainability officer position:
The primary duties of the sustainability coordinator include managing communication about sustainability efforts, identifying - and obtaining funding for - conservation and efficiency projects, supporting student and academic sustainability efforts, and representing OSU to external audiences.
The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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