|Submission Date||Dec. 20, 2019|
Oregon State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration
|2.50 / 3.00||
Sustainability Program Specialist
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):
Speakers from OSU participated in four sessions at the 2019 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference:
- Opening Plenary - Campus Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion | Spotlight on Student and Executive Leadership
- An In-house Energy Dashboard: Challenges and Achievements from Oregon State University http://wohesc.org/program/2019presentations/InHouseEnergyDashboard_ALL.pdf
- Sustainability in Action: Hands-On Community-Based Projects http://wohesc.org/program/2019presentations/SarahJohnandAnn.pdf
- Oregon State University's Social Justice Education Initiative: Applying Tools for Sustainability Practitioners
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):
Alan Mix, a Distinguished Professor at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, serves in The Oceanography Society Council. The Oceanography Society promotes the broad understanding of oceanography, facilitates consensus building across all the disciplines of the field, and informs the public about ocean research, innovative technology, and educational opportunities throughout the spectrum of oceanographic inquiry.The Council is The Oceanography Society’s governing body and is responsible for directing the affairs and determining the future of the Society.
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?:
A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
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?:
A brief description of the peer review activities:
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 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC), which brings together colleges and universities across Washington and Oregon. In 2019, the conference brought 625 attendees, 123 speakers, 32 sponsors and exhibitors, and 18 community partners.
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.
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.