Oklahoma universities earn average grades for sustainability
Three Oklahoma's universities — Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa — earned average grades on an annual College Sustainability Report Card that was released Tuesday. The schools earned a C, B- and C, respectively.
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What Oklahoma schools are doing
Stephen McKeever, vice president for research and technology transfer, said the university has been taking a variety of steps to improve sustainability efforts and curb energy consumption. Initiatives include starting a farmer's market and encouraging students to use reusable cups at dining locations on campus. Sustainability coincides with OSU's land-grant mission, McKeever said.
This year marks the second consecutive year OU and Tulsa earned Cs on the report card.
In an e-mail statement, David Hamby, director of university relations at Tulsa, said the university strives to operate in a way that will help preserve resources for future generations. Any new construction work, including selection of materials and design, is done with a consideration for energy conservation, Hamby said.
Tulsa's grade had improved each year until this year. OU's grade dropped slightly from a C+ two years ago.
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