Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 72.21
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Brandon Trelstad
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

OSU is of course an AASHE member!

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

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.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Students from the Industrial Sustainability lab presented five posters covering research in additive manufacturing, grinding operations, manufacturing process modeling, and plastics injection molding at the California forum on energy efficient manufacturing (CaFEEM) at UC Davis.
Source: http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/ecologue/2015/11/10/uc-davis-california-forum-on-energy-efficient-manufacturing-by-matteo-smullin/

The OSU Sustainability Office, in partnership with the US EPA, has started using a nitrogen footprint calculator to track OSU’s impact due to food production and consumption. OSU was one of only 18 institutions to help EPA pilot the process of measuring nitrogen, creating a more accurate picture of environmental impacts beyond carbon emissions. An OSU student presented our findings at the Nitrogen Footprint Tool Network meeting in 2016. This information was also presented at AASHE 2016 via a poster session.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

The Dean of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University serves as a vice-chair on the Oregon Global Warming Commission. The Commission’s general charge is to recommend ways to coordinate state and local efforts to reduce Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions consistent with Oregon’s goals and to recommend efforts to help the state, local governments, businesses and residents prepare for the effects of global warming.

A professor in Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University serves on an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change committee contributing the latest science on mangroves, saltmarshes and sea grasses as well as inland wetlands. The IPCC is the international body for assessing the science related to climate change.

The OSU Sustainability Officer serves on the Executive Committee and as Vice Facilitator of the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition. The Coalition is a network of organizations and individuals in Corvallis, Oregon, who are working together to create a sustainable community.The Steering Committee guides the Coalition by setting overall policy, developing strategy, and overseeing finances.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

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Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

The OSU Sustainability Office has 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 consulted with the host institution for the 2016 conference.

As the longest serving sustainability officer within Oregon higher education, the OSU Sustainability Officer 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.

Additionally, a network of Oregon (and some Washington state) sustainability officers gather several times a year to network, discuss regional strategic priorities and bring together students from our campuses with similar interests.

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