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OSU breaks ground for new Central Plant

Fri, September 18, 2015

Oklahoma State University broke ground Friday, September 18, for a new Central Plant that will improve efficiency and help the university reduce its environmental footprint. The new 73,000-square foot facility will be located along Washington Street just north of the current Power Plant located along Hall of Fame Avenue.


OSU is first university in the state of Oklahoma to participate in Campus Conservation Nationals

OSU's Campus Conservation Nationals competition is now underway.  It began with a kickoff in The Villages Sunday, March 29 and will continue through Sunday, April 19.  The theme for this year's competition is "Truth or Dare: Will You Play?", and this year's competitors are FESH and CDCASNR, commonly known as The Villages, but divided into two sets of buildings for the competition.  To view the building dashboard provided by Lucid, visit:

There are 175 schools participating in Campus Conservation Nationals 2015; and, Oklahoma State is the first university in the state of Oklahoma to participate.  Check out the map!

This conservation competition is held each year between February and April for a three-week period ending by Earth Day. This year, OSU's Residential Life, the Office of Sustainability, and the Energy Management Program are partnering in an effort to educate and motivate students to make a difference in the area of sustainability.  Details about OSU's CCN 2015 competition will be announced in February; however, below is general information about the national competition:


Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) is the largest electricity and water reduction competition for colleges and universities in the world. Now in its fifth year, CCN gives a common voice and motivation to hundreds of thousands of students across North America, all working together to reduce consumption and mitigate the impacts of climate change.  CCN is an opportunity to organize students and staff, host educational events, and challenge students and staff to participate in fun events that can have an immediate and lasting impact on your school’s carbon emissions and campus culture. CCN is jointly organized by the U.S. Green Building CouncilLucidNational Wildlife Federation, and Alliance to Save Energy.


·        Engage, educate, motivate, and empower students to conserve resources in residence halls and other campus buildings.

·        Foster a culture of conservation within campus communities, and propel campus sustainability initiatives.

·        Enable students to develop leadership, community organizing, and career development skills.

·        Achieve measurable reductions in electricity and water use, preventing thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted.

·        Highlight the ability of behavior change tools such as competitions, commitments, and social norms, to conserve energy and water.



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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

Read about it HERE!

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.