With over three quarters of OSU's measured greenhouse gas emissions coming from buildings, and the tremendous impact buildings have on human health and productivity, it is critical to create and operate our built environment in the most sustainable way possible.  This page discusses OSU's general standards for construction, our sustainability requirements and also links to completed and active construction projects.

Completed Capital Construction Projects

OSU has over 20 "green" buildings, meeting US Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver requirements or better.  In 2019, OSU developed its own Requirements for Sustainable Development, discussed below.

Active Capital Construction Projects

Learn more about current active projects managed by University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations. Current active capital projects are listed here, as well as a number of smaller projects. Please note that this is a representative list and does not include all active projects across OSU. 

Requirements for Sustainable Development

In 2019, OSU completed a year-long process to adapt industry best practices for deeper and more comprehensive sustainability measures within infrastructure projects. Called OSU's Requirements for Sustainable Development, the new methods build on systems familiar to the construction industry and will help accelerate progress toward OSU's ambitious carbon emissions reduction goals.

Construction Standards

The OSU Construction Standards support OSU’s policies related to the design and maintenance of university facilities and contain specific materials and practices that help make a building, and the process to construct or change it, more sustainable. The documents are separated by divisions according to Construction Specification Institute (CSI) MasterFormat 2014. The Standards are maintained and implemented by University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations.