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Office of Sustainabilty

The Office of Sustainability is open virtually throughout the summer.   Please subscribe to our newsletter for 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, 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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  • 2020 Sustainability Award winners announce...


    Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability recently recognized the 2020 Sustainability Award winners.

  • University recognizes 50th anniversary of ...


    Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Voinovich Zero Waste Initiative hosted a special virtual recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

  • President Nellis plants an Oak for Class o...


    Ohio University is honoring 2020 graduates by planting an oak sapling, grown by community members from acorns gathered from the College Green, on each campus.

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

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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

Sustainability Hubs

We welcome participants to our Sustainability Hubs! The Hub Seminar Series for Fall 2020 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