Oregon State among “Green Colleges” listed by Princeton Review

The Princeton Review’s annual Green Guide to Colleges has listed Oregon State University among universities nationwide that are demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

OSU’s credentials include a gold rating in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System, which gauges the progress of universities toward sustainability.

Solar Panels

Solar caputuring equipment on the roof of OSU's Kelley Engineering building.

OSU is also a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, an institutional commitment to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and promote research and education efforts to stabilize the Earth’s climate.

The university is installing a solar hot water system in Dixon Recreation Center, which already uses 22 elliptical machines that allow individuals, as they exercise, to help generate power for the building. OSU is the tenth largest purchaser of renewable energy among U.S. colleges and universities, and 56 percent of campus electricity use is offset with renewable energy certificates that help support the use and development of alternative energy sources.

“As a university, we are constantly finding new ways to become more sustainable,” said Brandon Trelstad, the OSU sustainability coordinator.

With the recent completion of the co-generation Energy Center, OSU had the first LEED platinum-certified power plant in the nation, and all new construction on campus must be LEED-certified silver or the equivalent.

2 Responses to “Oregon State among “Green Colleges” listed by Princeton Review”

  1. Brittany Galindo says:

    Hello me name is Brittany Galindo and I am a writer for the Daily Barometer. I am writing an article on how The Princeton Review ranked Oregon State among the top “Green Colleges” in the nation. I would love yo get an interview from someone involved with these efforts at OSU. If someone could please email me back to set up a hopeful interview, that would be great!

    Brittany Galindo

  2. Dave says:

    Hi Brittany, Brandon Trelstad, from our sustainability office, is instrumental in all of our clean energy and sustainability efforts on campus. He’d be a great person to contact. I’ll share your inquiry with Brandon and the folks in our news office to see if there’s anyone else who would be good to talk to as well. Thanks for reading the blog.