The Office of Sustainability
About Our Office
The Office serves as the catalyst, convener, and champion of sustainability ideas and actions at OSU. We oversee the management, implementation, and development of a comprehensive sustainability program with the mission to minimize OSU's environmental footprint, support new initiatives for sustainable development, encourage and promote integration and collaboration with OSU's academic, research, and education programs, and realize meaningful operational cost savings through efficiency programs.
AASHE STARS Rating
of being awarded a silver rating from AASHE STARS. This report engages and recognizes higher education institutions for their high achievements in sustainability.
STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.STARS Silver Rating
#4in the US
and #72 in the world in the 2023 Times Higher Education Impact Rankings for our efforts supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.OSU Focused on Global Impact
EPA Green Power Partner
of using wind energy to aid in the production of electricity for OSU, and being a Green Power Partner
As of January 1, 2023, OSU began purchasing 110 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind energy, which represented about 68% of the university's total annual electricity use. The purchasing of wind power reduces our carbon emissions and environmental footprint while setting an example of environmental stewardship for students, faculty, and staff. OSU is proud to support domestic renewable energy source development such as wind power.Top Green Power Partnerships
Areas of focus:
75% of all academic departments offer courses that include sustainability in 2021.
On average, 72% of OSU's electricity is generated by wind power!
Check out their sustainability plan!
Explore our Sustainability maps created by OSU Staff and Students