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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.


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 (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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  • Earth Day Celebrations: The Post

    Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Voinovich Zero Waste Initiative will host their annual Earth Day celebrations, showcasing sustainability initiatives across campus and the surrounding Athens area.

  • Annual ReBike Sale

    The Office of Sustainability will host the ReBike Program at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18, outside the Walter Hall Rotunda as part of the Reuse & Repair Fair and Earth Day Celebrations. ReBike is a “first-come, first-served” sale of “as-is” bicycles salvaged on the Athens Campus.  

  • OHIO to celebrate Earth Day April 18

    Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Voinovich Zero Waste Initiative will host their annual Earth Day Celebrations on April 18.

Upcoming Events

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

  • Every Day Earth Day

    "Earth Day Every Day" is a collaborative effort aimed at encouraging all entities on campus to focus on sustainability-related programming and share their efforts through a streamlined calendar. While this series was initially developed by Office of Sustainability, Graduate Student Senate, Zero Waste Initiative and International Student Union, all organizations on campus and in the community are encouraged to promote sustainable programming and join the effort.

    Get Involved
  • 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 Spring 2019 will be on the third Tuesday of each month at 5pm. Please sign up for our newsletter for more information.

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