Oregon State University


Awards and Honors

for Sustainability Practices at Oregon State University



OSU is one of a small number of colleges and universities to attain a Gold rating in STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. As a STARS Charter Participant, OSU was the first school in Oregon to submit its report.  STARS is a set of peer reviewed, standardized indicators that help measure, and therefore manage, sustainability efforts within higher education. OSU received Gold designations for 2010 and 2012.




In 2012, The Princeton Review named OSU to its Honor Roll for the 16 Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges. For 2013, OSU was once again recognized in The 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges for Sustainability practices such as food sourcing,transportation, green building, opportunities to focus on the environment and sustainability in student studies and energy efficiency. 


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OSU has been awarded a Silver designation by the League of American Bicyclists under the Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) Program. The league recognizes institutions of higher education for providing a bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides a roadmap for technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling and commuting via bicycle. 

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For the 2013 Sierra Club "Cool Schools" ranking, Oregon State has the highest green ranking in the state and is listed as 11th in the nation, rising from 24th in 2010.  OSU received high scores for co-curricular education, research, planning,  sustainability administration and several other categories.




Oregon State University placed first in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in the annual Civil War RecycleMania competition with University of Oregon. 



greenOSU was awarded a Green Power Leadership Award in 2008 from the US Environmental Protection Agency and habeen a large purchaser of renewable energry. OSU has also dominated the PAC-12 conference in terms of renewable energy purchases. For several years, the university purchased the majority of its electricity from renewable sources. 




In 2008, OSU was rated as one of the top 25 green colleges and universities by the Kaplan College Guide. A number of criteria, including environmentally-responsible courses, and initiatives, as well as student groups and organizations on campus, were evaluated to develop the list. 


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OSU's main campus has been designated by the National Center for Urban Transportation Reseach as one of their Best Workplaces for Commuters. This designation recognizes employers for outstanding efforts to provide alternative to the single occupancy vehicle. 



OSU has over a dozen LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings, with one being certified at the highest rating, Platinum. All construction and major remodels on campus are LEED silver or higher. 



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