Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.27
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date March 4, 2016
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Oregon State University
EN-10: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
2.00 / 2.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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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 has in the past helped plan the biennial Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC), which brings together colleges and universities across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. 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.

An informal network of higher education sustainability officers formed in 2015 and met twice to network and discuss timely issues. The network has continued to meet and communicates frequently electronically via a google group.

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 is a charter signatory of the Carbon Commitment and is also a signatory of the Billion Dollar Green Challenge.

OSU staff actively participate in the less formal Oregon higher education sustainability officers network, which meets 1-3 times per year in person and continues engagement between sustainability officers frequently via electronic means.

A brief summary of additional ways the institution collaborates with other campuses to advance sustainability :

The website URL where information about cross-campus collaboration is available:

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