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From 2008-2022, OSU achieved greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 22% with modest financial investment and a suite of systemic changes. When accounting for growth, that equates to a 49% reduction in emissions per student and 48% reduction in emissions per square foot of building space. Now, we prepare to accelerate our path to carbon neutrality.
More than ever, Oregon State is committed to addressing the global climate crisis by reducing its emissions and empowering our graduates to take bold action. Addressing climate change has been integrated into our mission for a long time, as outlined in Strategic Plan 4.0: Transformation, Excellence and Impact.
In 2008 and 2009, the OSU Sustainability Office facilitated a community process to develop the first OSU Climate Plan, a strategic plan for carbon neutrality. Community input and goals set by the State of Oregon and the Oregon University System helped shape OSU's aggressive goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. OSU committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating emissions from, at minimum, electricity, heating, commuting and air travel.
In 2016, several OSU partners created an updated process to distribute ownership and implementation responsibilities more broadly across the campus.
On April 11, 2007 OSU President Ed Ray signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), now known as the Carbon Commitment, requiring OSU to do three things:
Because OSU signed before June 30, 2007 it is a charter signatory.
Commitment signatories were within two months of signing required to take at least two of seven tangible actions. At the time, OSU selected the following three actions:
All OSU facilities and operations across the state are included in the university's climate goals and measurement. The Sustainability Office gathers data about activities from all 36 Oregon counties and calculates emissions from buildings, transportation, agricultural activities and other processes.
The Oregon State TRIGA Reactor (OSTR) is a research reactor that does not produce electricity for the university. OSTR is a valuable research tool for OSU academic programs, such as nuclear engineering and radiation health physics. To learn more about OSTR, click here.
The Sustainability Office completes greenhouse gas inventory each fiscal year to motivate action and to provide enhanced reporting. Various systems are analyzed throughout the year to analyze how OSU energy and water is used. Each fiscal year a public report is released that illustrates the university's emissions by source.
To learn more about the process of emissions reporting, click here. For the most recent report, please read the Fiscal Year 2019 Greenhouse Gas Inventory.
Yes! The OSU Energy Dashboard enables the OSU community to access campus energy consumption trends.
Only offsets that have been authenticated by a certified, third-party verifier are purchased.