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Get Involved-Staff & Administration

 
Oklahoma State University is a tight-knit community, and sustainability has become one of the threads. As staff, you work to make OSU the brightest orange in America, and becoming sustainable is part of that mission. Whether behind the scenes or in the spotlight, Oklahoma State staff members are what help make this university so successful. We look to you to be the example in the position you fulfill and in how you take responsibility for the resources entrusted to you.
 
Build a Sustainable Work Community

  • One person can start, but they can’t do it alone. Make sustainability a priority where you work. Try to get your colleagues involved and establish a Green Team for your area. Know what resources you have and the most efficient ways to use them.  Learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, conserve energy, reduce pollution, and make wise purchases on behalf of the University. 
  • Here are tips for the office.

The Break Room

  • It is your time to relax, but you can still be a good steward.
  • Centralization is key for saving energy. Whenever possible, use a common refrigerator in the break room instead of mini-fridges in individual offices.
  • Use natural light if possible. Only have the light on if necessary, and turn it off when you are the last one to leave. Even if you only leave your office for a few minutes, turning lights off will save energy – a lot of energy if we all do it.

Storage

  • University Imaging converts documents to electronic files, which saves office space and makes it easier for a department to retrieve files. Electronic document management cuts down on paper consumption and saves money. If your unit is part of the Associate VP & Comptroller Department, then imaging is already covered. For other departments, the cost averages 10 cents per image, which includes prepping the documents, imaging, indexing, destruction or recycling. 

Carpool

  • Walking, riding a bike,  and riding the bus are the most sustainable modes of transportation. If you don’t have those options, you can still cut down on your carbon footprint by carpooling. OSU Parking and Transit Services offers a free online matching service to help people locate others interested in carpooling. You don’t have to own a car to be a part of a carpool! Paying your share for gas can help alleviate this pressure. If you are worried that your schedule is too chaotic, you don’t have to carpool every day! Figure out what days are the best for you and work with others schedule to make a functional carpool! Register your carpool with OSU to be eligible for a reserved parking space! 

Purchasing

  • Consider purchases as investments – choose items that are durable and long-lasting. This requires considering the long-term impact of the item being purchased. Sometimes the least expensive product may break easily and require repair or replacement sooner than the better-made options.  Many times the cheaper product will require more energy or other input over the course of its operation. (Think cheap printers that use expensive cartridges!)
  • Make purchases with energy and resource conservation in mind and check OSU Surplus before buying new. You can also look for products that are recyclable and contain recycled content and opt for locally produced goods and services whenever possible.
  • Save money by purchasing a central printer that services many offices. You’ll find it’s nice to take a break from computer work and get out of your chair to retrieve your print jobs. Stretch break!

Sustainability Stakeholders

  • Sustainability Stakeholders represent various specialties and areas of campus.  As OSU moves forward with sustainability initiatives in teaching, research, outreach, and operations, Sustainability Stakeholders will be key in providing invaluable advice and collaborations toward these efforts.  If you’d like to be added to this campus-wide group of volunteers, please email sustainability@okstate.edu