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OSU recognized with 2014 EPA Green Power Leadership Award

OSU is being recognized as a national leader for its use of green power practices and technology with a Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Read more►

OSU is EPA Green Power Partner

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OSU ranks 49th out of 100 in the 2013 EPA National Green Power Partnership for its use of wind power.

Energy Management Program attends Res Life Resource Fair

The first annual Res Life Resource Fair was well attended by Residential Life student staff and ACTIVATE Leadership Conference attendees Monday, August 11, from 9 a.m. - Noon. Student staff members and future Res Life leaders had an opportunity to meet with various campus organizations, including the OSU Energy Management Program and  the Office of Sustainability.  Energy manager Jenny Gililland and energy assistant Tamara Cook distributed portfolios to Res Life staff members with information promoting the Energy Management Program. Res Life staff members were encouraged to contact the OSU Energy Management Program at for free bulletin board ideas and materials.

A toast to energy savings at Patchin-Jones ice cream social

Students at each of the Residential Life halls enjoyed Welcome Week cookouts, ice cream socials, or root beer floats Thursday evening.  The OSU Energy Management Program distributed free tumblers and stadium cups to new OSU residents to help them kick-off the school year.

OSU recognized as greenest college campus in Oklahoma

For students desiring a college with sustainability initiatives and eco-conscious student activism, Oklahoma State University is the place to be in the state of Oklahoma. Read more..

Central Plant improves steam distribution

OSU's Utilities Production department has completed a project to improve steam service to campus.
A new pressure reducing valve (PRV) and de-superheater were installed at the Central Power Plant. 
The PRV was installed as a bypass to Electrical Turbine #3 to allow steam to be supplied to campus without requiring electrical power generation through a turbine.  The PRV takes 250 psi steam typically used in the electrical turbines and brings it down to 50 psi steam which is used to heat the campus. 
As a result of the OSU Windpower Agreement with OG&E that went live in January 2013, the Central Power Plant stopped producing electricity. Today, 70% of the campus electricity is provided by the Cowboy Windfarm in Blackwell, OK, instead of being produced at the Power Plant.  The primary source of heating steam for the campus had been the electrical turbines and with no turbines running a solution was required to heat the campus. 
The PRV was installed in-house by the Utilities Production maintenance staff and can meet the full heating load for OSU's Stillwater campus.


Energy technology upgrades in HBRC to save millions

(STILLWATER, OK – June 3, 2014) – The Henry Bellmon Research Center (HBRC) at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus now features integrated air and energy management technology that is almost as intelligent as the researchers. OSU, in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI), installed a series of air flow management systems that ventilate labs and common areas of the research facility with fresh air based on occupancy and air quality levels instead of constant air exchanges which waste energy and may be unnecessary.
These technologies are expected to save more than $5.1 million dollars over the next 20 years and reduce carbon emission levels equivalent to the impact that would be felt if: 7,492 pine trees were planted, 81,000 barrels of oil were not burned, or the energy consumption of 2,990 Oklahoma residences was eliminated.
“OSU is committed to a wise use of resources in the best interest of all its stakeholders. These HBRC technologies are part of OSU’s award-winning energy management program and support the quality of its research environment,” said Dennis Byford, OSU Energy Manager for the HBRC project.
OSU has saved more than $31 million in energy costs since being one of the first universities in the country to launch a comprehensive behavior-based energy conservation program in 2007. OSU partnered with alum Bill Spears’ energy education company, Cenergistic.
For the Henry Bellmon Research Center initiative, Johnson Controls installed the Aircuity OptiNet Facility Monitoring System (Aircuity), Zone Presence Sensors (ZPS), and a Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) System. The Aircuity system continuously samples air particles and adjusts the ventilation of fresh air to meet research industry regulations for lab air quality. When lab spaces are not being used, the system decreases the amount of air exchanges to save energy and reduce costs.
The ZPS are installed on the lab fume hoods to monitor occupancy levels, adjust exhaust levels, and trigger alarms if fume hoods are left open for too long. The DCV System detects the number of people using common areas by measuring carbon dioxide levels in the air and adjusts the HVAC systems accordingly to maintain air quality without wasting energy. A cloud-based air analysis and energy usage dashboard allows lab personnel and facility managers to monitor the areas and immediately respond to any concerns.
“This project isn’t about one new piece of equipment. These three technologies are integrated to work together around the clock to maintain HBRC’s facilities. Personnel work in a quality environment and energy savings contribute to the University’s commitment to its stakeholders,” said Josh Wilkins, JCI Higher Education Account Executive.
OSU has been partnering with JCI since 2010 on comprehensive energy efficiency programs in a series of projects on which JCI guarantees the contracted energy savings. Cost of upgrades to campus lighting systems, roofs, windows, and HVAC technologies are paid for through energy and utility savings over the term of these projects.

Oklahoma Facilities Management Program - 20% by 2020

Inspired by OSU's successful Energy Management Program, Governor Mary Fallin developed the 2011 Oklahoma First Energy Plan, and encouraged lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 1096 in 2012.  This legislation sets a goal to reduce energy consumption 20% by 2020 in State buildings, including colleges, universities, career tech centers and other state-funded facilities.