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Report Card 2011

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Oregon State University–Corvallis
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Oregon State University–Corvallis

School details:

Endowment: $353 million as of June 30, 2010

Location: Corvallis, Oregon


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


Please note: Data was collected in summer 2010 and may no longer be current.


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

Overall grade  
B +
Oregon State University is committed to sustainability through a sustainability strategic plan as well as a formal green purchasing policy. In 2010, the Student Sustainability Initiative Fee Board, one of three sustainability-related committees at Oregon State, created a green revolving loan fund.
In 2008, Oregon State signed a three-year contract to purchase renewable energy credits equivalent to 73 percent of the university’s total annual energy use. Cash incentives are offered for departments to conserve energy, and the university offers a trade-in program for inefficient appliances and incandescent lights.
Oregon State purchases 35 percent of its food items from local distributors and growers. The university uses sustainability guidelines for seafood purchases and buys vegetarian-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free beef, and exclusively fair trade coffee. The university composts food waste at 80 percent of meals and runs a comprehensive recycling program for electronics and traditional materials.
All new construction at Oregon State must be built to at least LEED Silver standards, and major renovations must be built to LEED Certified standards. There are three LEED Certified buildings on campus, and six more meet LEED criteria. Since 2000, Oregon State has repurposed eight building spaces for alternative use.
Oregon State has twenty sustainability- and environment-oriented student groups on campus that collaborate through the Sustainability Coalition. Prior to orientation, nearly all incoming students participate in a variety of activities, including a zero-waste meal, designed to educate and expose new students to principles of institutional and personal sustainability.
OSU provides transit passes for students, faculty, and staff on all four local transit systems. Since 1970, Oregon State has run a bicycle repair service available to students at no cost. The core of campus is restricted to service and transit vehicles, and the university’s master plan dictates that any future development must maintain the campus’s 10-minute walk boundary.
The Oregon State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees and senior administrators, and a list of asset allocation, external managers, and equity, fixed income, real estate, private equity, and cash holdings, available online to the general public. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation currently aims to optimize investment returns and is exploring, but not currently invested in, renewable energy funds, community development loan funds, and on-campus energy and water efficiency projects. The foundation also uses investment managers who consider environmental and sustainability factors. Donors can request that gifts be directed into environmentally and socially responsible investment options.
The foundation provides its investment managers with general guidelines that determine its proxy votes.
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