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OSU recognized for 'green' efforts

University strives for eco-friendly future
by Beverly Bryant, University Marketing, OSU Published: August 11, 2014

Oklahoma State University has been recognized as the “greenest” college campus in Oklahoma and among the top 100 nationwide for teaching sustainability.

The university supports green efforts in several areas, from using wind energy to provide most of the Stillwater campus’s electric power to recycling efforts to locally sourced foods.

OSU also supports eco-friendly transportation. The Multi-Modal Transportation system runs a fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled buses as well as the Orange Ride bicycle rental and repair shop.

Buildings under construction feature energy-efficient lighting, high levels of insulation, high-efficiency equipment such as ground source heat pumps and use of natural daylight. Most OSU projects will obtain LEED certification.

Custodial Services uses unbleached paper goods with the highest post-consumer recycled content available, as well as less toxic cleaning supplies. The department is testing steam equipment that would eliminate degreasers and oven cleaners.

The campus at OSU is both beautiful and environmentally sensitive. Landscape wastes are composted and used as fertilizer. Drip irrigation is being installed, and integrated pest management is widely used.

OSU’s energy conservation program has saved more than $30 million through reduced energy consumption since 2007.

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