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Report Card 2010

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Oregon State University–Corvallis
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Oregon State University–Corvallis

School details:

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $327 million as of June 30, 2008

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Enrollment: 16,556

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Data compiled from independent research. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methods section.

Overall grade  
B +
Oregon State University is committed to incorporating sustainability into its curriculum, research, outreach, and operations. Climate plan working groups address meeting the goals of the Presidents' Climate Commitment. The sustainability office employs two full-time staff to coordinate campus efforts.
The university purchases renewable energy certificates to offset nearly three-quarters of its electricity consumption. The sustainability office conducts free sustainability audits for campus buildings and offers recommendations to reduce energy consumption. OSU has retrofitted 22 elliptical exercise machines in a campus recreation center to use the kinetic energy produced by students within the power grid.
Nearly 28 percent of the university's food budget is allocated to local items. Menus feature grass-fed meat, hormone-free milk, organic fruit, and sustainably caught seafood. OSU buys bread, granola, and dairy products from local processors. An extensive recycling program and campus-wide composting initiative enable OSU to divert over half of its overall waste from the landfill.
OSU requires that all new construction meet at least LEED Silver standards. The campus's new cogeneration facility is expected to achieve LEED Platinum status. The university has installed T5 lighting, motion sensors, and waterless urinals in numerous campus buildings.
Incoming resident students receive reusable coffee mugs along with sustainability information. Orientation in fall 2009 will feature a waste-free picnic. The campus has over 15 active student environmental organizations. Students for Recycling created green zones in residence halls to collect hard-to-recycle items like cell phones, batteries, and plastic bags. The Student Sustainability Initiative worked to establish a permaculture garden, a revolving loan fund, and a compost program.
OSU provides prepaid transit passes to all students, faculty, and staff. The Corvallis Bicycle Collective, a project of the OSU Student Sustainability Initiative, offers 19 bicycles for rent as well as repair instruction. The university uses 17 hybrid vehicles and 21 electric vehicles within its fleet. OSU recycles its waste oil into biodiesel and uses this fuel in its catering vans.
The OSU Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators, and other select members of the school community. A list of external managers are accessible to the public online. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment return and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus sustainability projects. The foundation considered environmental/sustainability factors in its selection process of a new investment firm. Donors can also direct gifts to funds that consider sustainability factors.
The foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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