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Oklahoma State receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Thu, February 26, 2015

Oklahoma State University earns a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. 

OSU has an impressive record regarding its sustainability efforts and commitment. The university has worked to decrease its footprint on the environment through energy conservation, use of green power and widespread recycling programs.  

“The university’s success in the area of sustainability is a direct result of the commitment we have from the entire campus community and a lot of hard work on the part of our students and employees,” said OSU Chief Facilities Officer Rick Krysiak.

In addition to the silver rating by STARS, OSU is one of only four organizations nationwide to be chosen as a Green Power Partner of the Year.

OSU’s STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website: https://stars.aashe.org/institutions/oklahoma-state-university-ok/report/2015-01-12/.

With more than 650 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in four overall areas: 1) operations 2) academics, 3) engagement and 4) planning, administration.

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program 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.

For more informaiton about OSU’s sustainability efforts visit: http://sustainability.okstate.edu.

For more information about the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org.