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Sustainability Reporting





Ohio University submits a number of internal and external reports on sustainability achievements and goals annually.  

Externally, Ohio University reports to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  Through that report, we are participating in reports to the Princeton Review and Sierra Club.  Additionally, as a signatory to the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), Ohio University submits annual greenhouse gas inventory reports. 


Internally, OHIO genereates regular reports on its Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.


In an effort to manage the workload of such a diverse array or reporting, the following calendar of reporting is currently in place: 
Annual Reports: ACUPCC and greenhouse gas inventory
Tri-Annual Reports: STARS (2015, 2018, etc.), Climate Action Plan (2016, 2019, etc.) and Sustainability Plan (2017, 2020, etc.)


Though, continual conversations about progress, roadblocks, opportunities and strengths occur through the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) meetings.  There are approximately 5 SOUL meetings each semester so members of the campus community can rally around our sustainability-related commitments and cirtically analyze progress and next steps.   The structure and intentions of SOUL are provided below.



Progress and Initiatives

To ensure that we are promoting the requirements of the Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan in our campus-wide efforts, four sub-categories of SOUL were developed, dividing the topics evenly into comprehensive groups. Each sub-group has within it approximately 9 benchmarks, which are grouped according to category and, thus, more easily tracked and managed. Within each benchmark, there are a varying number if initiatives we conduct and promote in order to ensure that we are reaching the goals of said benchmark. To learn about our progress on these initiatives, follow the links below:


Energy Efficiency 

Benchmarks 1*- 4, 12, 19, 21, 25, 29

Addresses issues of greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, building energy efficiency, sustainable investing, and environmental purchasing.

*The Climate Action Plan goals are housed within Benchmark 1

SOUL sub-group


Waste Reduction

Benchmarks 5, 7, 15, 20, 24, 30 - 32, 34

Addresses issues of recycling, composting, dining education, material reduction, and surplus food donations.

SOUL sub-group


Outreach and Education

Benchmarks 6, 8 - 11, 22, 23, 35

Addresses issues of sustainability literacy, curriculum and degree programs, fundraising and capital campaigns, behavior change, and sustainability research.

SOUL sub-group


Built Environments

Benchmarks 13, 14, 16 - 18, 26 - 28, 33

Addresses issues of land and resource management, parking and transportation, local food purchasing, and water and irrigation systems.

SOUL sub-group



Supplemental Data

The annual reports offer an overview of the University's progress toward the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, Due to complexities and length, some of the more detailed processes, data collection and in-depth materials have been omitted .  Though, those materials have been made available online for those who wish to further explore the processes involved in sustainability implementation and reporting at Ohio University.


To learn more about the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, click here.



Archived Reports

STARS Report

Greenhouse Gas Inventories, 1990-Present

FY13 Sustainability and Climate Plan Report

FY12 Sustainability Plan Report