The Sustainability Office creates OSU's sustainability reports every year or two years.  The reports are based on key performance indicators, activity highlights plus other key aspects of OSU’s sustainability work. 

Fiscal Year 2016 OSU Sustainability Report

OSU's reports are in part built on data from OSU's Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) data.  STARS is a comprehensive measure of sustainability in higher education.  STARS ratings are good for three years, so some numeric scores below may not show within the STARS reporting tool.

Fiscal Year Submission Date STARS Version STARS Score
2010 Jan. 31, 2011 1.0 69.74
2012 May 11, 2013 1.2 68.95
2013 Apr. 30, 2014 2.0 70.94
2014 Apr. 30, 2015 2.0 72.78
2015 Mar. 4, 2016 2.0 73.24
2016 Feb. 28, 2017 2.1 72.21

Fiscal Year 2014 OSU Sustainability Report 

OSU’s FY14 sustainability performance by STARS subcategories

Positive trending indicator categories, FY13-FY14
• Curriculum
• Energy
• Grounds
• Water

Negative trending indicator categories, FY13-FY14
• Buildings
• Dining Services
• Research

High performing indicator categories, FY14
• Campus Engagement
• Coordination, Planning & Governance
• Diversity & Affordability
• Grounds
• Research

Low performing indicator categories, FY14
• Air and Climate
• Buildings
• Dining Services
• Energy
• Investment
• Waste

Fiscal Year 2013 OSU Sustainability Report

In 2013, the STARS assessment tool underwent a major upgrade and consolidation of credits, temporarily making precise year-to-year comparisons difficult. Where possible, this report both attempts and examines the limitations of comparisons. The following figure summarizes OSU’s sustainability performance indicator categories for FY13.

OSU’s FY13 sustainability performance by STARS subcategories

Positive trending indicator categories, FY12-FY13
• Curriculum
• Air and Climate
• Transportation
• Investment
• Public Engagement

Negative trending indicator categories, FY12-FY13
• Dining Services
• Energy
• Purchasing
• Water
• Health, Wellbeing and Work

High performing indicator categories, FY13
• Campus Engagement
• Research
• Grounds
• Coordination, Planning & Governance
• Diversity & Affordability

Low performing indicator categories, FY13
• Air and Climate
• Buildings
• Dining Services
• Energy
• Purchasing
• Waste
• Water
• Investment

Fiscal Year 2012 OSU Sustainability Report

Steady progress was made toward key sustainability initiatives in FY12 and Oregon State University is maintaining its vision to be among the Top 10 land grant institutions in America, and a sustainability leader. One key progress indicator is a 4.2% decrease since FY11 in greenhouse gas emissions, in alignment with Strategic Plan Phase II’s initiative to substantially reduce OSU’s carbon footprint and President Ray’s signature to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Read the full report.

2009 OSU Sustainability Inventory

Institute for Natural Resources

In spring 2008 the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) was asked to conduct an inventory of OSU’s sustainability capabilities. To produce this inventory, INR used a variety of sources of information, including the OSU on-line course catalogue, the OSU website, documents from units, and the Research Office’s grants and contracts data. Since the term “sustainability” lacks a precise definition and is interpreted differently by different audiences, inclusion of particular activities is not exact.

The 2009 INR report is a snapshot of the depth and breadth of research, education, outreach, and operations activities as they relate to sustainability at Oregon State University. Most of the work at OSU contributes to one or more of the dimensions of sustainability but trying to balance and link these dimensions challenges how we think and do our teaching and scholarship. As such, particular emphasis was given to: (1) activities that identify their intent or self-describe “sustainability”; (2) the areas in which OSU sustainability activities appear to link the four dimensions of sustainability—environmental, economic, institutional, and social; and (3) the identification and categorization of OSU sustainability strengths.