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Report Card 2010

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Oregon Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2010

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Courtesy of Oregon Institute of Technology

School details:

Endowment: $11 million as of June 30, 2009

Location: Klamath Falls, Oregon

Enrollment: 1,745


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: Yes (see response)


An application was submitted by Linda Riley to have this school evaluated in the College Sustainability Report Card 2010.  A grant was awarded to cover the cost of inclusion.   Learn more  about how a school can apply for inclusion.   


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

Overall grade  
B +
The Oregon Institute of Technology Sustainability Committee developed a tracking system for the university's long- and short-term sustainability goals. The committee also works on issues of energy conservation and transportation. The university employs two part-time sustainability coordinators and an energy analyst. Policy requires the purchase of Energy Star and Green Seal products whenever possible.
OIT has pledged to become climate neutral by 2017. The campus is already heated entirely by geothermal energy, and a geothermal power plant will become operational in fall 2009, initially producing 10 percent of the institute's electricity needs. OIT has conducted large-scale building inventories and installed direct digital controls to increase energy efficiency.
Dining halls feature local potatoes and locally roasted, fair trade coffee. A discount is given to students who bring a resuable mug. Approximately six tons of pre- and postconsumer food waste were collected through a dining composting program. OIT recycles used electronics through a local nonprofit organization.
All new construction and major renovations must meet LEED Silver standards at a minimum. The Martha Ann Dow Center for Health Professions and the Village for Sustainable Living meet LEED Silver criteria, but are not certified. OIT has installed motion sensors, carbon dioxide sensors, and T5 lighting throughout most of the campus. Water-saving technologies are also in place, including low-flow faucets and showerheads.
Students in the OREC intern program developed an Energy Star purchasing policy. The OIT Sustainability Club successfully eliminated Styrofoam and plastic takeout containers from the campus dining hall. Additionally, the club helped to incorporate more vegetarian options in one dining location, posted educational signs about using china instead of takeout containers, and helped facilitate the creation of a composting program.
Students, staff, administrators, and faculty receive a refund on parking passes if they carpool for more than 50 percent of the academic quarter. The campus community is provided with free public bus passes. The outdoor program office offers bicycle tools, repair space, and assistance free of charge.
No evaluation was made of Endowment Transparency because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Investment Priorities because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
No evaluation was made of Shareholder Engagement because the school's endowment size does not meet the minimum threshold of $16 million in assets.
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