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Important steps for energy savings over the Thankgiving break

Over the Thanksgiving break, remember these important steps for energy savings:

  • Turn off all possible electronic equipment, including computers, monitors, printers, speakers, etc.
  • Unplug items such as fans, chargers, radios, and appliances, such as microwaves and coffeemakers.
  • Close blinds and tilt the slats upwards.
  • Remember that temperatures may be cooler than usual, as heat may not be scheduled in some areas.
  • Turn off lights as you leave.

Select Res Life buildings to compete in national energy competition

Residential Life is proud to announce that the following buildings have been selected to participate in the national ENERGY STAR Battle of the Buildings: BOOTCAMP 2016 to be held September 1 - November 30, 2016.


Bost                                                                          Carreker East

Davis                                                                        Carreker West

Griffith Community Center                                   McPherson

Morsani-Smith                                                       Payne-Ellis

Sitlington                                                                ZINK-ALLEN

Young                                                                     BOOKER-STINCHCOMB

These OSU Residential Life buildings will be competing with buildings across the nation in a race to reduce electricity and water waste!  Winners and rankings will be announced in Spring 2017.  For more information, email:

Report energy waste or other maintenance issues, contact Residential Life Facilities Management: 405-744-8510.

OSU Facilities Reach $1 Million Cost Reduction

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma State University is acknowledging facilities which  have reduced their cumulative building energy costs by $1 million.  Facilities recognized this year include: OSU-Stillwater's Willard Hall, Edmon Low Library, Noble Research Center, Physical Sciences and Bennett Hall. The OSU-IT campus in Okmulgee was also recognized for reaching the million dollar mark in energy savings for the entire campus. For the entire story, visit pages 7-8 of the O'Colly dated Friday, April 22.

OSU System saves $35 million with energy program

Your mileage may vary, but you might want to take a few tips from Oklahoma State University to cut your energy bill. After all, the OSU A&M System has slashed $35 million from its utility bill in the last nine years.  Read more...

OSUIT earns accolades for energy cost savings from PSO

When it comes to saving money on energy costs, a little can go a long way. Read more...


President Hargis praises energy savings efforts

December 22, 2015

TO:               OSU Employees

FROM:         Burns Hargis


As you probably know from recent news, Oklahoma is facing revenue shortfalls that will impact state budgets both this fiscal year and next. I wanted to make the campus aware of how Oklahoma State University is preparing for the challenges ahead.

Pending the final certification at the start of the legislative session, the state Board of Equalization has projected that the Oklahoma Legislature will have about $900 million, or nearly 13 percent, less for the fiscal year 2017 budget. In addition, when adjusted for one-time expenditures last year, the shortfall could reach $1.1 billion.

For the current fiscal year, the state is also estimating a revenue shortfall of between 2 and 4 percent, attributed, in large part, to the downturn in the energy industry.

As the revenue picture took shape the last half of 2015, Oklahoma State University began planning for possible cuts this year and next. We have met with campus leaders to manage the shortfall. We do not see this causing immediate disruption to our academic programs, although it will delay much-needed hiring and investments.

Regarding fiscal year 2017, we won't know the final picture until the legislature approves a budget, but we are already in discussions with unit leaders about their needs.

The State Regents have requested a flat budget for FY2017. Anything less will present additional challenges. We will work with state leaders through the budget process and I'm confident we will manage through this.

Student growth and our successful Branding Success fundraising campaign, as well as cost reduction and efficiency initiatives, have allowed us to address financial challenges and continue to fulfill our land-grant mission.

Top among our savings efforts has been the energy management program we launched in 2007. It has been successful thanks to the hard work and enthusiastic support of our employees. Through the behavioral-focused program we have saved more than $35 million in costs and reduced energy consumption by nearly 20 percent.

In closing, thank you for all you do for OSU. As we have done before, we will meet today's challenges and deliver value to our students and our state. Have a safe and happy holiday break.

OSU earns STARS Silver rating for sustainability

In recognition of its sustainability achievements, Oklahoma State University has recently earned a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

Established by AASHE, STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System)  is a self-assessment tool used to measure sustainability progress. With more than 650 participants, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance.

OSU’s report is publicly available on the STARS website.



Oklahoma State University ranked by EPA as top Green Power Partner

EPA names OSU in Top 30 College & University list for green power use

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma State University has landed on the list of the nation’s top Green Power Partners compiled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

OSU is listed as No. 6 on the EPA’s Top 30 College and University list for green power use and No. 48 on the national Top 100 list of green power purchasers. Read more...