Office of Sustainabilty
What is Sustainability
Ohio University defines sustainability as the capacity to simultaneously benefit people, the planet and prosperity now and in the future. Life-cycle analysis, life-cycle costing, social financial proxies, and multi-criteria decision analyses are tools that are used to evaluate sustainability. Also used at Ohio University is a popular but less actionable definition, adpated from the Bruntland definition of sustainable development: sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability facilitates the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan by providing services and support to the campus community and ensures fulfillment of institutional commitments to environmental, social and economic well-being.
Donations made to the “Ohio University 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 OHIO Foundation that these funds will be utilized by all divisions for various sustainability-related projects hoping to advance institutional sustainability efforts. Donations made to this fund will be added to a generic pool of sustainability funding and used toward projects agreed upon by various stakeholders. Donors who wish to contribute to a particular project are urged to reach out to the Office of Sustainability (email@example.com, 740-593-0460) before making a donation so that proper funding allocations occur.
Grounds Services working hard to keep Athe...
November 14, 2019
Ohio University Athens Campus trees regularly face serious challenges, including soil compaction, invasive species and extreme weather.
OHIO Landscape Coordinator Susan Calhoun recently shared some of the measures the University takes every day to keep them alive and healthy and several ways the community can help.
November 14, 2019
The University worked closely with campus stakeholders and partners with the City of Athens over the past year to develop a plan that prioritizes safety considerations while allowing implementation of this new green transportation alternative for our community.
Sustainable Tea Bag Event
November 7, 2019
The Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Affairs Commission of Student Senate hosted a sustainable tea and tea bag event.
Office of Sustainability Featured Programs
Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors
The Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors program is an initiative of the Sustainable Administration Hub. The Ambassadors are an energetic and enthusiastic group of students who assist in the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. You can find them leading the Earth Day Sustainability Parade; instructing Bobcats fans on proper disposal of game day waste; teaching in the local middle schools; labeling our storm drains with "drains to river" markers; and more!
Sustainability Alumni Network
Connect with Us
Are you an OHIO alumni enthusiastic about creating more socially just, ecologically balanced, and prosperous communities? Then the Sustainability Alumni Network is the group for you!
Sustainability Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP)
The Sustainability Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP) is a sustainability certification program which aims to recognize departments or offices across campus for their sustainable efforts, whether they be existing practices or new changes.