The Bus shelters are equipped with solar panels to provide power for nighttime lighting.
Get Involved - Students
Imagine an entire generation, educated to live in a sustainable fashion, that changed
the world forever. It is amazing what one person can influence, and you can be part
of this movement at Oklahoma State University.
As students in a generation that is already starting to shape the future, you have
the ability to change society, the economy and the environment in a sustainable way.
Whether you are taking the first step toward being sustainable or are a veteran, getting
involved is as easy as being responsible for yourself. Here are resources and tips
to help on your journey to becoming sustainable.
Energy Conservation: As a part of the Cowboy family, you are both an “energy saver”
as well as an “energy consumer.” There are simple steps you can take to be a bigger
saver than spender when it comes to energy.
Reduce and Reuse: There are many simple ways to reduce consumption and when you can’t
reduce, it is important to reuse resources you already have. Some of the most common
fixes can happen in your living space, the classroom, and your transportation.
Recycle: Reduced and reused as much as you can? The next step in slowing the flow
of your trash to the landfill is recycling.
OSU has two community recycling programs. In the OSU Recycles program, all recyclable paper can be mixed together in the same bin. That's right,
junk mail, white paper, colored paper, magazines, file folders, even soft-cover books
and telephone books!
Please no food or food soiled paper in the bins. This stuff is sorted by hand. Human
Contact us about running with one or more of these project ideas!
Water Bottle Refill Stations - count the number of bottles diverted from the landfill
by logging data from the LED display on each unit. Determine how much money and natural
resources were saved as a result. Work with the Sustainability Office to publicize
this waste diversion by building, department and/or college on campus.
Outdoor Lighting Project - help energy managers determine what outdoor lights are
staying on when they should be off.
Surveys - develop surveys for us! We are interested in resource and energy conservation
attitudes, knowledge, and behavior.
Waste Audits - work with us and your adviser to organize a campus waste stream analysis
Food Waste Audits - ask us about the USDA/EPA Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste
Recycle Sorting - volunteer on the sorting line at the local Materials Recovery Facility
that processes OSU's res hall recycling.
Close the Loop - investigate whether OSU departments purchase copy paper with recycled
The Bus - coordinate a "Try Transit" week to promote riding the bus.
Recycle Outreach - we'll train you on how to train others to recycle right on campus.
Book Drive - collect books at the end of semester for Better World Books.
Eco-Rep - train your peers on conserving resources and energy in the res halls (limited
to res hall residents).