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As an institution of higher education, it is the University of Oklahoma's role and responsibility to develop the leaders and solutions for a more sustainable future.  Through education, innovation and tangible actions, the university seeks to promote awareness of and progress toward sustainability.

  • Education - Academic programs in Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering are preparing students to combat this generation's environmental problems.
  • Research -  Research initiatives develop the solutions needed to address sustainability concerns and are taking place at the forefront of the Earth's natural exchanges of carbon, solar cell technology, watershed restoration, management of climate variability, and much more.
  • Operations - University departments are committed to design and operate a campus which seeks to minimize its impact on the surrounding environment.  Operational best practices include sourcing 100% of purchased electricity from renewable energy, seeking LEED accreditation for all new construction, and providing free local public transportation for all students, faculty and staff.

Accolades

Environmental Excellence – In the spring of 2016 the university received an Environmental Excellence Award from the Earth Month Network to acknowledge OU’s campus, community and global outreach efforts to provide environmental programming and events during the time period of World Water Day, March 25th, through Earth Day, April 22nd.  For more information related to OU’s Earth Month, check here.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partnership College and University Challenge - the University of Oklahoma currently ranks first in the Big 12 and sixth in the nation among higher education institutions in the EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  The University was also honored by the EPA as the 2012 Green Power Partner of the Year and became a member of the Green Power Leadership Club in 2011.  For more information related to the EPA ’s Green Power Partnership, check here.

Princeton Review Green College – The University was selected by the Princeton Review to be featured in the 2017 Green Guide based on data from the 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the school’s commitments to the environment and sustainability.  To view the Green Guide, check here.

Bicycle Friendly Community - the University of Oklahoma was recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly University in 2014, with a bronze distinction. In 2017, the university’s distinction was advanced to silver as a result of improvements to new and existing bike lanes, the Crimson Cruisers bike program, and the new comprehensive website.  A press release detailing the University’s designation can be accessed here.    For more information related to Bicycle Friendly University program, check here.

Nerd Scholar Report “Most Widespread” Campus Environmental-Activist Groups – Nerd Scholar recognized OU’s environmental student groups’ activism and promotional efforts as being the “Most Widespread.”  For more information related to the recognition, check here.