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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...

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. https://news.okstate.edu/articles/osu-breaks-ground-new-central-plant

 

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: http://buildingdashboard.net/okstate/#/okstate

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! http://www.competetoreduce.org/participants/

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:

PURPOSE:

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.

GOALS:

·        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.

 

 

Access EnergyCAP for utility information

We are fully integrated into the EnergyCAP system for utility billing; and users may now access utility consumption and cost data for their assigned area/s.  

Upon accessing the EnergyCAP login page, enter the following:

Username: guest

Password: guest

Datasource: okstate.edu

For assistance or to set up your own login, contact Tammy Johnson.  

 

Make year-round energy savings a habit

DAILY 

               

 

HOLIDAYS / BREAKS / WEEKENDS

               

 

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.

http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/partners/partners/oklahomastateuniversity.htm

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