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.
The university was chosen as the “greenest” college campus in Oklahoma based on a scoring system created by College Prowler that ranked each school on a 1 to 10 scale. OSU scored an 8.76 for “striving for a more eco-friendly future.” A related article by EcoWatch highlights OSU on a map of the most eco-friendly colleges in each state.
Best College Rankings named OSU one of 100 Colleges Doing “Green” Right for its efforts to teach sustainability. The online service described OSU’s multidisciplinary approach and highlighted OSU’s affiliations with “green” organizations: “Through partnerships with a variety of sustainability organizations, they’ve been able to provide impressive developments throughout the campus,” the rankings said.
To view the EcoWatch article, including the map of the “greenest” college campuses in each state, visit http://okla.st/1recLmy.
To see the list created by Best College Rankings, visit http://okla.st/1ApZIoa.
To learn more about OSU’s sustainability efforts, go to http://sustainability.okstate.edu/.