The future is as bright as it is orange at Oklahoma State University. The faculty is a large part of what makes us shine. You fuel learning and create environments for developing students into tomorrow’s sustainable leaders. Your influence can help create a sustainable economy, environment, and society for generations to come. Here are resources and information to help you guide tomorrow.
Sustainability is a vast and encompassing subject that has many facets for potential research. Not only can it be the main subject of research, it can also be a smaller component in practically all fields of study. Whether it is how to teach the three R’s in a third grade classroom, media research on the sustainability trend, or the chemistry of decomposition in composting, it’s easy to get creative with sustainability.
OSU has many research programs in sustainability, including:
- Sustainable agriculture
- Conservation of natural resources and energy
- Zero waste
- Waste management
- Pollution prevention
- Social and community sustainability
- Sustainable development
- Green architecture and landscape architecture
- Green product design
- Industrial ecology
- Business sustainability, and more.
The classroom is your stage to showcase sustainability and leading by example is a way to show students how to live. You can reduce, reuse, recycle and conserve energy in the classroom as students learn positive habits while the University benefits from your leadership in this area.
- Take your class on the campus sustainability tour.
- Encourage and model reusable beverage containers and remind students where refill stations are on campus.
- Include a "Toolkit for a Sustainable Classroom" section in your syllabus or D2L.
- If you have an off-campus trip or meeting, offer to carpool or take the bus.
- Inform students they can print multiple PowerPoint slides per page if they print presentations
- Selecting 6 slides per page also includes lines for notes beside each slide.
- Don't forget to print these double sided, too!
- Teach a class at the Tulsa campus? Take the BOB (Big Orange Bus) instead of driving yourself.
- Go digital! Use your online classroom for sharing handouts and for students to submit assignments and papers.
- Require students to turn in printed assignments double-sided.
- Once a paper is returned to a student, suggest that if they don't want to keep it, recycle it instead of throwing it away.
- Opt for natural lighting by opening the blinds in the classroom.
- Suggest students get refillable notebooks or spiral notebooks made from recycled content for the class.
- Suggest getting writing utensils that can be refilled.
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Your office is your domain away from home. There are basic actions that you can take to help your office be more sustainable. Encourage others to be sustainable and watch how the movement spreads. The benefits stretch beyond the office and help OSU on its way to being more sustainable.
- If possible, take the stairs instead of the elevator to your classroom and/or office.
- Schedule office hours before or after class so commuting students don't have to make a separate trip to campus.
- Set your printer default to double-sided printing.
- Avoid buying disposable water bottles. Instead purchase a reusable cup or mug that you can refill with tap water. Consider buying a water filter if you do not enjoy the taste of your building's tap water.
- Select items with minimal packaging, refill systems and bulk items.Use office products that have longer life spans, like paper clips instead of staples.
- Purchase recycled content paper for the office. It saves money and trees.
- Save printed paper for scratch paper and recycle paper you cannot re-use.
- Make sure to turn off office lights when not in use. If you can, use natural light instead of electrical lighting.
- Use "sleep-mode" so your computer automatically uses less energy when you leave your desk, even if it is just for a short time. Screensavers do not save energy.
- Turn off your computer when you leave for lunch and at the end of the day.
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Sustainability Stakeholders represent various specialties and areas of campus. As OSU moves forward with sustainability initiatives in teaching, research, outreach, and operations, Sustainability Stakeholders will be key in providing invaluable advice and collaborations toward these efforts. If you’d like to be added to this campus-wide group of advisers, please email email@example.com