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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.

Mission

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. 

Donate

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 (sustainability@ohio.edu, 740-593-0460) before making a donation so that proper funding allocations occur.

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News and Announcements

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  • Grounds Services working hard to keep Athe...


    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.

  • Spin Scooters


    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


    The Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Affairs Commission of Student Senate hosted a sustainable tea and tea bag event.

Upcoming Events

Monday, November 18
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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!

    Join
  • Sustainability Alumni Network


    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!

    Connect with Us
  • 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.

    Get Certified

Sustainable Hubs

We welcome participants to our new Sustainable Hubs! The Hub Seminar Series for Fall 2019 will be on September 4th, October 3rd, November 6th at 5pm in Front Room. Please sign up for our newsletter or visit our events calendar for more information. 

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