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Report Card 2009

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Oklahoma State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Oklahoma State University

School details:

Endowment: $617 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Enrollment: 23,819

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: No


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

Overall grade  
D +
Oklahoma State University has posted a new energy management policy. The university has also established a sustainability task force with broad campus representation to coordinate sustainability efforts on campus. The task force is developing a website to provide information on campus initiatives.
Fourteen bus shelters have been equipped with solar panels to provide power for nighttime lighting. The university has implemented a behavioral-based energy management and conservation program, which is projected to save the university $30 million over the next seven years.
OSU’s football game day recycling program, “Real Cowboys Recycle,” provides collection stations for recyclable materials. Landscape waste is composted and used as fertilizer and soil conditioner. Materials recycled include paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, batteries, and oil.
Campus policy supports and encourages sustainable design and green building construction. Renovations of the student union building will be designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. The Institute for Ag Biosciences in Ardmore will be designed to LEED Silver standards.
Students perform on-campus recycling collection and are expanding paper recycling to residence halls and Greek housing. ECO-OSU is an active student group affiliated with the Sierra Student Coalition that advocates campus sustainability.
The OSU bus is free to all riders, and the system services all of campus and the community of Stillwater. The university maintains a fleet of 11 electric utility vehicles to transport employees and materials on campus; 10 hybrid sedans will be added to the motor pool in 2009. The university supports carpooling by offering price breaks on parking permits.
The university and the Oklahoma State University Foundation have no known policy of disclosure of endowment holdings or shareholder voting records.
The university and the foundation aim to optimize investment return and have not made any public statements about investigating or investing in renewable energy funds or community development loan funds.
The university and the foundation have not made any public statements about active ownership or a proxy voting policy.
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