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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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  • OHIO study finds recent growth and sudden ...

     A study led by Ohio University researchers shows that the increase of sea ice surrounding Antarctica since 1979 is a unique feature of Antarctic climate since 1905 — an observation that paints a dramatic first-ever picture for weather and climate implications on the world’s southernmost continent.

    Dr. Ryan Fogt’s(opens in a new window) study, published today in Nature Climate Change, is the first to detail sea ice extent surrounding the entire continent though all four seasons over the last century.

  • Bobcats show up for the annual Campus Recy...

    Ohio University Campus Recycling wrapped up the annual Winter Food Drive on Saturday, Dec. 11 as the fall semester came to a close. This year, Campus Recycling is excited to report that 1,224.5 pounds of food was donated to Cats’ Cupboard

  • ORITE addresses infrastructure needs throu...

    Ohio University’s Ohio Research Institute for Transportation and the Environment (ORITE) recently collaborated with the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) on a study that assessed the performance of pipes created from recycled plastic.

Upcoming Events

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Thursday, February 10 Sustainable Valentine's Day Prep 6:00 PM — 7:00 PM Baker University Center

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