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Sustainability at OSU

Sustainability has become a big deal on campus, and I couldn’t be more proud. The effort is lead through a variety of offices and a variety of ways.

Our students took the initiative to start a recycling program and the efforts have multiplied from their energy. The movement began during football season. Recognizing the large amount of waste generated on game day, a small group of students began visiting tailgaters – and they were armed with large green bags with the phrase “Real Cowboys Recycle”.

The next spring, “Real Cowboys Pass It On” was born. The program gathered items from students leaving campus, sorted them, and then resold them to incoming students in the fall.

Today there are recycle bins, information about recycling, and an office dedicated to sustainability!

Being good stewards of our earth is important for a lot of reasons, and for young people to cultivate this culture on their own is doubly rewarding. Students have taken a leadership role in not only educating our campus population, but also educating visitors to our beautiful campus.

The University has also taken steps to conserve energy and take care of our environment. Through these efforts, the university recently recorded $1 million in energy savings! The Office of Sustainability plays an important role at OSU and seeks to facilitate the recycling efforts on campus through a variety of organizations and other offices, including faculty/staff, and students. We are making great progress!

Facilities Management has started a paper recycling program and improvements to that program will be rolled out this fall.

University Dining Services has implemented numerous programs throughout campus. By focusing on locally owned produce, providing organic options, bringing in a Farmer’s Market, using Farm Fresh items, and featuring Made In Oklahoma products they are doing their part in staying true to the Buy Fresh Buy Local concept.

Parking and Transit Services recently implemented the Orange Ride program. Orange bikes are rented to promote affordable and convenient transportation throughout campus. An added benefit is EXERCISE!

And these are just a few of the things currently taking place on the Stillwater campus.

I would also like to show gratitude to organizations such as ECO-OSU , Energy Conservation Program, Environmental Science Club, Net Impact, Oklahoma Recycling Association, SGA Sustainability Committee, and Sustainable Stillwater .

Thanks to each of you for sharing some green with AMERICA’S BRIGHTEST ORANGE!