The Sustainable Endowments Institute just named Oregon State University a “Campus Sustainability Leader” on its annual sustainability report card.
This is the fourth consecutive year that OSU has achieved that designation, raising its overall score each year. The Sustainable Endowments Instituteâ€™s 2011 Report Card has profiles for 322 institutions, based on 1,100 survey responses. The surveys looked at different areas, including overall campus sustainability, dining services, and student involvement.
The university got top marks for its student involvement, green building practices, administrative policies, operations, transportation initiatives and investment priorities, according to Brandon Trelstad, the universityâ€™s sustainability coordinator.
Some of the sustainability efforts include in 2007 when students passed the renewable energy fee. The renewable energy fee was an additional fee for students that allowed OSU to purchase renewable energy for the energy used on campus. Another initiative was using the elliptical machines in the recreation center to create power when students use them. This energy is fed back into the grid to be used. Initiatives like these are some of the reasons that OSU was named as a â€œCampus Sustainability Leaderâ€ and continues to receive awards from other environmental organizations!