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Office of Sustainability

Our Promise

As a signatory to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Ohio University has committed to becoming a carbon neutral campus by the year 2075.  As a result of this promise, the institution has developed a Sustainability Plan and a Climate Action Plan, both of which outline impressive goals and benchmarks for the university.

Faculty, staff and students throughout Ohio University campuses are working together to realize important goals such as carbon neutrality, increased renewable energy investments, waste reduction and sustainability-related education and research.  The entire campus community is called to action to identify roadblocks, discover solutions and celebrate triumphs that can make this university a stronger leader in sustainable development. 

Your Support

The implementation of the innovative recommended strategies identified by faculty, staff, students, alums and community members requires the support of an entire campus community.  Students and professionals must work together to hold the university accountable for the impressive goals it has set for itself. 

With your support, we can help fund the many projects required to realize these goals.

Donations made to the “Sustainability Fund” will be used to enact infrastructure, curriculum and research projects that can help advance success toward the goals within the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans of Ohio University.  Projects will not be housed in one single department or division.  In fact, it is the intention of the OU Foundation that these funds will be utilized by all divisions for various sustainability-related projects hoping to advance institutional sustainability efforts.

Donors and invested campus community members are invited to submit project recommendations online.  The Office of Sustainability will keep a rolling list of project recommendations and associated costs of each project.  When funding amounts near a total that can be utilized for projects, the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee of the Faculty Senate will review the aforementioned project options and make formal recommendations to the Office of Sustainability.  Once a project is selected, it will be submitted to the appropriate entities on campus for approval and implementation.  Projects will be announced on the Office of Sustainability website.   

What dream will you help realize?  On-Site renewable energy generation, a Zero-Waste Campus, Green Roof projects, bike-friendly commuting infrastructure and faculty research incentives are just a small sampling of the sustainability-related projects that have already been proposed.  Sustainability cannot be achieved without everyone’s support.

Your gift – no matter the amount – makes a huge difference.

To make an immediate gift to the Sustainability Fund online using your credit or debit card, please visit www.ohio.edu/give

To mail a gift to the Sustainability Fund, please make your check payable to The Ohio University Foundation and write “Sustainability Fund” in the memo line of the check.

The mailing address is:

The Ohio University Foundation
PO Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869

If you have questions about giving to the Sustainability Fund, or would like to discuss other giving opportunities, please contact:

Annie Laurie Cadmus
Director of Sustainability
Bingham House
97 Richland Ave.
Athens, OH 45701
E-mail: sustainability@ohio.edu
Phone: 740-593-0460