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

STARS v2.2

Oregon State University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Leticia Cavazos
Sustainability Program Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
OSU is of course an AASHE member!

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education 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 higher education 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 2021 Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference:
- Plenary Session: Resistance. Reparations. Repair. | Writing our Past, Present, and Future
- Networking: MEET-UP Student
- Session: Meeting Students' Basic Needs through Sustainability Programming
Source: https://www.wohesc.org/program/index21.php

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):
OSU has multiple submissions into the AASHE Resource Hub! Three examples are: 1) Soil Erosion Service Project; 2) Safety and Sustainability: Reusable Dining during COVID-19; 3) Inclusive Pedagogy Online: Increasing Equity in Remote and Distance Learning Classrooms

More at: https://hub.aashe.org/browse/?search=oregon+state&gallery_view=list&country=&order=-published

Has the institution had employees or students 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):
Oregon State University Distinguished Professor Jane Lubchenco will lead climate and environmental science efforts in the White House as the new deputy director of climate and environment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In the newly created role, Lubchenco will collaborate with Biden-Harris administration science and climate advisors to tackle one of the world’s most pressing problems.

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 employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus 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.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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