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Welcome back, students! 

Ohio University has a new Sustainability and Climate Action Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees on June 18, 2021, and two new Sustainability related degree programs (see News section below).

The Office of Sustainability will have variable in-person hours during Fall 2021, but is open virtually during normal business hours.   Please subscribe to our newsletter for monthly updates or email sustainability@ohio.edu with questions.


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, adapted 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. 

News and Announcements

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  • Facilities Management and Safety provides ...

    Facilities Management and Safety requests that employees who have been working in campus facilities during fall semester take energy conservation actions before leaving buildings for the winter break closure.

    The actions described in this article will help Ohio University save energy, reduce environmental impacts and minimize costs.

  • Plant Club students dig the outdoors while...

    Members of Ohio University's Plant Club come from multiple colleges and majors, but they have one thing in common; they are interested in engaging with our natural resources in hiking, conservation, gardening, crafting, and learning about plants.

  • Sustainability Tours!

    Services offered by the Office of Sustainability, many in partnership with the Voinovich School of Public Service, include providing information, reports, tours, and presentations; supporting sustainable events and programs; providing curricular and co-curricular assistance for academic courses and research.

Upcoming Events

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Sustainability Course Listings

Time to register for courses? Consider taking sustainability courses or courses that include sustainability! The Office of Sustainability tracks these courses for the University.

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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 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.


    OHIO Sustainability Series Podcasts

    During the 2020-21 COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio University Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors created a podcast series following the monthly themes of the Office of Sustainability.  Please subscribe on YouTube or on Apple Podcasts to listen to their stories!

Sustainability Hubs

We welcome participants to our Sustainability Hubs! The Hub Seminar Series for Fall 2021 will be announced in the coming weeks.  For more information, please sign up for our newsletter or visit our Hub webpages.  For events (all in person events are cancelled at present), please visit the Calendar of University events, and search for the keyword "sustainability". 


Structure of Sustainability Hubs at Ohio University