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LEED Certification

Walter International Education Center was Ohio University's first LEED certified building.  Currently, Ohio University has two certified buildings and eight seeking certification.

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OHIO Ecohouse

Students work together to prepare the garden beds for spring planting at the OHIO Ecohouse, the University's sustainable living residence.

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Solar Panels at Compost Facility

Solar panels at the Ohio University Compost Facility.

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OHIO recognized for campus facilities sustainability progress

Ohio University’s sustainability efforts were placed on center stage last week when the University was honored with APPA’s Sustainability Award during the APPA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This is a great validation that Ohio University has the right people and processes in place for improving our sustainability efforts,” said Steve Wood, associate vice president for facilities management and safety. “I look forward to working with everyone to continue this progress.”

In recent years, OHIO has made great strides in meeting numerous benchmarks that were established within the University’s Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan, particularly within the “Energy and Utility” category of APPA’s award criteria.

“Energy efficiency and management is one of the most cost-effective ways for OHIO to be a leader in sustainability,” said Claire Naisby, building systems integration manager.

Some of Facilities’ recent accomplishments in energy efficiency and management have included:

  • The completion of a major infrastructure maintenance project that resulted in an institutional energy savings of 19 percent.
  • The completion of a major infrastructure maintenance project that resulted in an institutional water savings of 30 percent.
  • Successfully meeting Ohio University’s commitment to stop burning coal by the end of 2015.
  • The signing of a contract for provision of 50 percent of campus-purchased electricity to originate from Green-e certified RECs. 

Hannah Wishart, an Ohio University senior and student employee within Facilities Management, strongly encourages current and future OHIO generations to continue growing and promoting sustainable efforts. “Energy efficiency and sustainability is a growing area of need and attention,” said Wishart. “I am very proud to attend and work for a University that puts so much attention and focus on becoming a leader in energy efficiency and sustainability.”

Paul Wuebold, APPA’s Vice President, Professional Affairs and the chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee, commended Ohio University for reaching defined sustainability goals that touch every level of the University.

“The Sustainability Award criteria measure the current level and effort of a facilities management department to integrate sustainable policies and ‘green’ practices throughout all facets of the organization, ultimately embedding them within the educational institution,” said Wuebold. “Having these concrete plans in place has enabled OHIO to focus its efforts on developing utility plans that accomplish specific efficiency savings and benchmarks.”

APPA’s award criteria is based on specific standards and processes applicable to management in educational facilities, including educational curriculum and research; leadership and administration; maintenance and operations; energy and utilities; planning and construction; sustainability indicators; and sustainability innovations. The categories were developed in collaboration with and support from the research and development work provided by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) offers standards by which educational institutions may measure themselves for recognition of their campus environmental and sustainability achievements.

The award was introduced in 2012 to reflect APPA’s 2008 Sustainability Statement, which encourages the creation and maintenance of a sustainable campus environment.

Other recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Award include: Portland Community College, Spelman College, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, Colorado State Univeristy, Elon University and George Washington University.

APPA, previously known as the Association of Physical Plant Administrators, promotes leadership in educational facilities for professionals seeking to build their careers, transform their institutions, and elevate the value and recognition of facilities in education. APPA is the association of choice for more than 12,000 educational facilities professionals from 1,300 educational institutions in North America.