Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.49
Liaison Brandon Trelstad
Submission Date Dec. 8, 2021

STARS v2.2

Oregon State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Leticia Cavazos
Sustainability Program Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:
OSU has several newsletters that cover sustainability. One is an email-based resource that is targeted specifically for OSU faculty and staff. Some of the topics covered include:
* Major milestones in advancing institutional sustainability, such as implementing OSU's Climate Plan and STARS
* Opportunities for departments to contribute to the sustainability movement
* Electronic tools and resources
* Case studies and success stories from inside and outside OSU
* Awards and recognition the university receives
* Resources departments can share with students

The Sustainability Office and Campus Recycling issue a bi-weekly newsletter for the OSU community:

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:
Several OSU buildings have building signage that highlight green features that are present in the building. The OSU Energy Center, Kelley Engineering, Weatherford Hall, the Student Experience Center and Kearney Hall are all LEED certified at varying levels and have signage showcasing the LEED certification.

Dixon Recreation Center has one of the most comprehensive sets of sustainability signage that talks about many different aspects of sustainability. Copies of the signs can be viewed at the below provided.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:
The Self-guided Campus Sustainability Tour brochure highlights some of the many ways OSU is working toward sustainability and is one of our most popular publications.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:
University Housing and Dining Services provides programs and information about sustainability in the residence halls and how students living in them can reduce environmental impact.
A program that is included in UHDS Sustainability Initiative is the use of Eco2Go containers. Eco2Go is a program that provides customers with reusable take-out containers. The goal is to prevent plastic and other types of food container waste from reaching the landfill. OSU estimates that Eco2Go kept 400,000 disposable containers from the landfill in the first year alone, and to-date has saved more than a million containers.

Additionally, the Eco-reps program includes green living and sustainability information directly delivered to residential students through paid employees in residence halls. In FY20, Eco-reps helped promote an online training focused on informing residents where to dispose of trash and recycling in the halls as well as what items are accepted in recycling bins. The course was launched in fall 2019 and every incoming resident was automatically enrolled in the course.
Eco-reps also helped promote outreach for events like Repair Fairs, Beyond Earth Day, hiring and recruitment opportunities for on campus sustainability related student employment, Waste Watchers and Race to Zero Waste.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:
OSU Sustainability Office Brochure:

The guide describes the different activities that the OSU Sustainability Office participates in or organizes. It also talks about how to get involved on campus and what faculty and staff can do.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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