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Report Card 2011

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Oklahoma State University
College Sustainability Report Card 2011

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Oklahoma State University

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Endowment: $489 million as of March 31, 2010

Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma


Campus Survey: Yes (see response)

Dining Survey: Yes (see response)

Endowment Survey: Yes (see response)

Student Survey: No


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 -
Recommendations from the President's Task Force on Sustainability resulted in revisions to the campus master plan and the strategic plan, with the strategic plan now including a separate goal to specifically address sustainability in instruction, research, engagement, and operations. Ninety-five percent of Oklahoma State's computers and servers are EPEAT certified, and the administration has allocated $40,000 for student-directed sustainability programming.
Oklahoma State completed its first greenhouse gas emissions inventory in January 2009. Employing an energy management system in 85 percent of buildings, the university conducts energy audits and monitors energy use from its on-campus cogeneration plant. Ninety percent of building space has high-efficiency lighting.
The university is building partnerships with local vendors and purchases 30 percent of its food from local processors and growers. Since spring of 2010, Oklahoma State has been trayless in their all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities. During move-out, a student-run operation called Real Pokes Pass It On collects and sells unwanted items, donating the proceeds to local charity.
Oklahoma State requires that all major renovations and new construction achieve the highest performance certification attainable if the additional cost of certification will be recouped within five years. Ten buildings on campus are Energy Star labeled, and low-flow faucets and showerheads have been installed in 15 percent of building space.
In fall 2009, the student government's sustainability committee collected over 450 30-gallon bags of aluminum cans at 7 home football games as part of their Real Cowboys Recycle program. Three students serve on the President's Task Force on Sustainability. During last year’s POWER DOWN dorm energy conservation competition, the winning dorm reduced its energy use by 23 percent.
Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. To 4:45 p.m., motor vehicles other than transit busses are prohibited from interior campus streets. Oklahoma State has a bike-sharing program and free public transportation for students, staff, and faculty. Thirty percent of students commute via environmentally preferable means.
The Oklahoma State University Foundation makes a list of all holdings available to trustees, senior administrators and other select members of the school community. The foundation does not make its shareholder voting record public.
The foundation aims to optimize investment returns, and the endowment is currently invested in renewable energy funds.
The foundation asks that its investment manager handle the details of proxy voting.
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