Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.57
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2019
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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. In 2018, the Council focus expanded to promote connection of sustainability practitioners across campus and provide a support network for those doing sustainability work.

The Council supports those working within the sustainability community and also serves in an advisory capacity for OSU leadership. The Council is intended to move quickly and flexibly on important and emerging sustainability issues in alignment with OSU Strategic Goals:
- Success that transforms our learners and our world.
- Leadership that integrates scholarship, creativity and collaboration throughout learning and discovery.
- Expansion of the university’s diversity, reach and service across Oregon, throughout the nation and around the world.

Council Objectives
- Provide feedback to OSU leadership regarding institutional goals, priorities, policies, programs and strategies (including the Strategic Plan) that advance or hinder sustainability progress
- Coordinate campus wide and partner organization sustainability programs in alignment with the OSU Strategic Plan and OSU sustainability commitments and goals (e.g. carbon neutrality)
- Provide advice and problem solving to fellow Council members
- Support the work of sustainability professionals in units across the university
- Unlock opportunities for students, staff, and faculty from across campus, and beyond, to connect with each other and work on pressing sustainability issues


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Eric Beeler, Center for Civic Engagement
Emily Bowling, Center for Civic Engagement
Sarah Bronstein, Transportation Services
Leticia Cavazos, Sustainability Office
Andrea Norris, Campus Recycling
Zac Pinard, Associated Students of Oregon State University
Ann Scheerer, Sustainability Double Degree
Allen Thompson, Philosophy
Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Office


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 Center for Civic Engagement 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 they 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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