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McDavis approves campus-wide sustainability plan


Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis today approved the Ohio University Sustainability Plan.

Prepared by the President's Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning (PACSP), the plan combines the goals of Vision Ohio, the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment * and House Bill 251 in pursuit of a more sustainable future for Ohio University.

The plan will guide and support Ohio University’s leadership in campus and community sustainability through a commitment to ecological citizenship, stewardship and justice.

Prior to its approval, the plan underwent a thorough vetting process that sought input from all of OHIO's senates, its Board of Trustees and key student advocacy groups. Public input was also gathered during a public presentation on May 23.

"The work of PACSP was exemplary in its thorough process to formulate, vet, receive feedback, and make changes based on that feedback. The resulting plan reflects the depth and breadth of the work that was used in its development," wrote McDavis in a memorandum to PACSP co-chairs Michele Morrone and Ben Stuart and Interim Sustainability Coordinator Erin Sykes.

The approved Sustainability Plan includes 18 objectives, 35 benchmarks and approximately 100 strategies in the areas of:

•    Transportation
•    Procurement
•    Energy infrastructure
•    Building and grounds
•    Academics and research
•    Fundraising and endowment
•    Dining
•    Low and no cost energy conservation

The benchmarks were identified as having the highest sustainability impact and include reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all campuses, reducing campus and building energy intensity and increasing renewable energy generation and sourcing.

To find a link to the Ohio University Sustainability Plan, click here.

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