Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.23
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Oregon State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Leticia Cavazos
Sustainability Program Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

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 Officer. 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 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.


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
John Lambrinos, Horticulture
Andrea Norris, Campus Recyling
Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Office
Marianne Vydra, Athletics


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

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):
5

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Brandon Trelstad

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

Accomplishments are detailed in OSU's annual sustainability reports: http://fa.oregonstate.edu/sustainability/planning-policy-assessment/annual-reports


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