Get Involved-Staff & Administration
Oklahoma State University is a tight-knit community, and sustainability has become
one of the threads. As staff, you work to make OSU the brightest orange in America,
and becoming sustainable is part of that mission. Whether behind the scenes or in
the spotlight, Oklahoma State staff members are what help make this university so
successful. We look to you to be the example in the position you fulfill and in how
you take responsibility for the resources entrusted to you.
Build a Sustainable Work Community
- One person can start, but they can’t do it alone. Make sustainability a priority where
you work. Try to get your colleagues involved and establish a Green Team for your
area. Know what resources you have and the most efficient ways to use them. Learn
how to reduce, reuse, recycle, conserve energy, reduce pollution, and make wise purchases on behalf of the University.
- Here are tips for the office.
The Break Room
- It is your time to relax, but you can still be a good steward.
- Centralization is key for saving energy. Whenever possible, use a common refrigerator
in the break room instead of mini-fridges in individual offices.
- Use natural light if possible. Only have the light on if necessary, and turn it off
when you are the last one to leave. Even if you only leave your office for a few minutes,
turning lights off will save energy – a lot of energy if we all do it.
- University Imaging converts documents to electronic files, which saves office space and makes it easier
for a department to retrieve files. Electronic document management cuts down on paper
consumption and saves money. If your unit is part of the Associate VP & Comptroller
Department, then imaging is already covered. For other departments, the cost averages
10 cents per image, which includes prepping the documents, imaging, indexing, destruction
Walking, riding a bike, and riding the bus are the most sustainable modes of transportation. If you don’t have those options,
you can still cut down on your carbon footprint by carpooling. OSU Parking and Transit Services offers a free online matching service to help people
locate others interested in carpooling. You don’t have to own a car to be a part of
a carpool! Paying your share for gas can help alleviate this pressure. If you are
worried that your schedule is too chaotic, you don’t have to carpool every day! Figure
out what days are the best for you and work with others' schedules to make a functional
carpool! Register your carpool with OSU to be eligible for a reserved parking space!
- Consider purchases as investments – choose items that are durable and long-lasting.
This requires considering the long-term impact of the item being purchased. Sometimes
the least expensive product may break easily and require repair or replacement sooner
than the better-made options. Many times the cheaper product will require more energy
or other input over the course of its operation. (Think cheap printers that use expensive
- Make purchases with energy and resource conservation in mind and check OSU Surplus
before buying new. You can also look for products that are recyclable and contain
recycled content and opt for locally produced goods and services whenever possible.
- Save money by purchasing a central printer that services many offices. You’ll find
it’s nice to take a break from computer work and get out of your chair to retrieve
your print jobs. Stretch break!
- Purchase FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper directly from Staples via
the OK Corral.
- 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 volunteers, please email firstname.lastname@example.org