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Sustainability at Ohio State

Progress Continues on Ohio State Sustainability Goals

In November 2015, The Ohio State University announced university-wide sustainability goals to guide the university as it develops durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving a culture of sustainability. The goals, developed by students, faculty and staff, were designed to impact all aspects of the university mission: collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices, and policies.

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of our sustainability goals, students, faculty and staff – as well as the Central Ohio community – are seeing the payoff.

Efforts over the past 12 months have resulted in a wide-range of progress toward developing global citizens with knowledge of energy, environment and sustainability issues; creating discoveries to enhance sustainability research; conserving energy; reducing waste; protecting the environment; and obtaining food from local and sustainable sources.

See our list of recent sustainability successes here.

 


Ohio State Food Sustainability Panel Submits Local and Sustainability Food by 2025 Report

Ohio State's Food Sustainability Panel was created to develop a strategic plan for our dining halls and other places on campus that serve food as the university seeks to move toward our goal of 40% local and sustainably sourced food by 2025. The panel’s role is to propose action items and guidelines as appropriate as the university works to achieve the sustainable food goal.

Read the September 2016 Local and Sustainable Food by 2025 Report

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Let us know at: localfood@osu.edu

Ohio State Sustainability Fund Available for Campus Projects   

Oct. 5, 2016--The Ohio State University is committed to developing durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving a culture of sustainability through collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices, and policies.

To support this commitment, the Ohio State Sustainability Fund is available to faculty and staff members to provide funding for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus. Sustainability Fund projects must promote sustainability by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects that create sustainability awareness, encourage behavioral changes, and promote outreach to the campus community and beyond are also desirable.

Projects eligible for Sustainability Fund awards must be led by a faculty or staff member and must contribute to sustainability; provide campus impact; not be covered by an existing university operating budget; and be used to seed, catalyze, or gap-fill funding on projects, rather than be the sole funding source.

Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability webpage, under “Involvement.” To apply for funding, complete the Sustainability Fund Application and send it to energy.environment@osu.edu.

 


 Earth Day and Every Day, Buckeyes Act Sustainably

On Earth Day and every day, the Ohio State community is dedicated to promoting and practicing sustainability across campus and beyond.

In addition, we're proud of our newly established university sustainability goals, designed to develop solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving  a culture of sustainability through collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices and policies. These goals are currently featured on banners across campus, on signs in campus buses, and on social media. 

Teams of faculty, staff and students developed the goals to help make Ohio State a global model of sustainable operations and practices. Among the goals are plans to:

  • Ensure that Ohio State has a carbon-neutral impact on the environment
  • Create knowledge to solve real-world sustainability problems
  • Expand learning opportunities for our students
  • Double our tree canopy on campus

Learn more about Ohio State's sustainability goals and the goals development process below.

 


 

University Sustainability Goals Project

Ohio State is a recognized leader in developing durable solutions to the pressing challenges of sustainability and in evolving a culture of sustainability through collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices, and policies. The university has developed strategic sustainability goals to support Ohio State's core of teaching and learning, research and innovation, outreach and engagement, and resource stewardship.

Sustainability Goals (pdf)

Project Background

In March 2015, Provost Joseph E. Steinmetz charged the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability to develop strategic sustainability goals to move Ohio State towards becoming a global model of sustainable operations and practices.

Between March and August, work groups made up of PPCS members as well as a diverse group of faculty, students and staff members, and with university community input, worked together to recommend sustainability goals in all four of the university’s overarching core goals:

  • teaching and learning
  • research and innovation
  • outreach and engagement
  • resource stewardship

The proposed Sustainability Goals were submitted to Provost Steinmetz in September, and were presented to various leadership and academic committees across campus in October. In November, the goals were accepted by the Provost, establishing a concrete set of goals from which the university will use going forward.

More project history

 


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University Sustainability Goals (pdf)

Sustainability in action

Every day, in countless ways, Buckeyes take responsibility for their environmental footprint and add sustainability to the list of reasons to be proud of Ohio State. Use this interactive map to discover many ways sustainability initiatives are flourishing here.

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Department of Energy Funding to Accelerate Vehicle Efficiency, Optimization Research

 

2016 AASHE Sustainable Campus Index Announced

 


 

Sustainability at Ohio State


Prince of Monaco visit highlights Ohio State's sustainability successes

Prince Albert of Monaco

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco came to Ohio State on August 31, 2016 with a message for students: It's up to you to embrace the alternative energy that he believes will steer the world away from global disaster.

"We are talking about a fundamental change in our habits and our mentalities," the prince told the audience gathered at the Mershon Auditorium. "We are currently at the very beginning of this adventure and it will be up to your generation to lead it to its conclusion." The prince has a global reputation as an steward of the environment: In 2006, he created the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, focused on environmental, climate and sustainability projects and research.

He lauded Ohio State's "green" efforts during his remarks and a roundtable discussion with Ohio State President Michael V. Drake and Provost Bruce McPheron. During the discussion, the leaders touched on the varied ways Ohio State is addressing the societal challenge, from research to programs to ensuring student success in the realm.

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Sustainability and stewardship powered by teaching and research.

Buckeye Footprint

Ohio State’s Discovery Theme Initiatives programs are advancing sustainability in teaching, research, outreach and engagement, and resource stewardship, by facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration of experts spanning the university. Through the work being conducted in the Food and AgriCultural Transformation, Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability, and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy programs, Ohio State faculty are leading the way in developing scientific and policy responses to our most critical global challenges.