Awards and Honors

for sustainability practices at Oregon State University


OSU has several times attained a Gold rating in STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System. As a STARS Charter Participant, OSU was the first school in Oregon to submit its report.  STARS is a set of peer reviewed, standardized indicators that help measure, and therefore manage, sustainability efforts within higher education. OSU received Gold designations for 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In 2012, The Princeton Review named OSU to its Honor Roll for the 16 Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 OSU was recognized in the annual Guide to Green Colleges for sustainability practices such as food sourcing, transportation, green building, opportunities to focus on the environment and sustainability in curriculum. For 2015, OSU is ranked number 38.
Gold-level bike friendly university OSU is one of twelve universities in the United States to be awarded Gold-Level designation by the League of American Bicyclists under the Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) Program. The league recognizes institutions of higher education for providing a bicycle-friendly campus for students, staff and visitors. The BFU program provides a roadmap for technical assistance to create great campuses for cycling and commuting via bicycle. 
recyclemania Oregon State University placed first in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 in the annual Civil War RecycleMania competition with University of Oregon. 
kaplan In 2008, OSU was rated as one of the top 25 green colleges and universities by the Kaplan College Guide. A number of criteria, including environmentally-responsible courses, and initiatives, as well as student groups and organizations on campus, were evaluated to develop the list.
cool school

For the 2013 Sierra Club "Cool Schools" ranking, Oregon State had the highest green ranking in the state and is listed as 11th in the nation, rising from 24th in 2010.  OSU received high scores for co-curricular education, research, planning, sustainability administration and several other categories. For 2014, OSU placed 41st in the nation and for 2015, OSU is ranked 42nd.

OSU was awarded a Green Power Leadership Award in 2008 from the US Environmental Protection Agency and has been a large purchaser of renewable energy. OSU has also dominated the PAC-12 conference in terms of renewable energy purchases. For several years, the university purchased the majority of its electricity from renewable sources.


Best Workplaces for Commuters logo OSU's main campus has been designated by the National Center for Urban Transportation Research as one of their Best Workplaces for Commuters. This designation recognizes employers for outstanding efforts to provide alternative to the single occupancy vehicle. 

OSU has over a dozen LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings, with one being certified at the highest rating, Platinum. All construction and major remodels on campus are LEED silver or higher.  

For the last six years, Oregon State has been the recipient of Tree Campus USA, awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Oregon Department of Forestry. The Tree Campus standards require the school to have a campus tree advisory committee, campus tree care plan, campus tree program with dedicated annual expenditures, Arbor Day observance, and a service learning project. OSU has succeeded in receiving the award every year since 2010.




In 2015, ranked Oregon State as #10 in its Greenest College Rankings. Our strong emphasis on marine science, sustainability, and forestry research helped secure our ranking. Our high STARS rating and our Campuses Take Charge event were also used to help distinguish our school as a green school.





 In 2015, Oregon State was listed in AASHE's Sustainable Campus Index. The Sustainable Campus Index highlights and recognizes colleges and universties that are top performers in 17 areas measured by the Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights best practices from over 50 US, Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the last year.








Oregon State University is a Partner in the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

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