In summer 2008, a team of graduate students reviewed documents and collected benchmark information to begin the plan development process. The next steps included a public process whereby the Sustainability Office facilitated volunteer groups of OSU students, faculty and staff in drafting specific parts of OSU's climate plan.
On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, OSU hosted a forum where the campus community was asked to help set the direction for university climate goals. Participants were asked to weigh in on priorities and focus areas.
During spring and summer 2009, the Sustainability Office issued several drafts of the Climate Plan and requested feedback from the OSU community through an online survey.