Ohio University

Sustainability and Climate Action Plans and Reports

Sustainability Plan

The Ohio University Sustainability Plan -outlines 35 sustainability-focused priorities of the institution.
PDF Version now available.

Climate Action Plan

The- Ohio University Climate Action Plan -serves as a guide in the institution's efforts toward achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2075.
PDF Version now available

Reporting Overview

Ohio University submits a sustainability-related report to the President and the Board of Trustees each year. When Ohio University became an AASHE STARS (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) member, the Office of Sustainability adopted a tri-annual reporting cycle, with reports on the initial STARS submission in 2015; the Climate Action Plan in 2016; and the Sustainability Plan in 2017. A second STARS report was submitted in 2018. In addition, the University reports annually to Second Nature (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory), Sierra Club Cools Schools, the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, and the US EPA Green Power Partnership.

In 2019, the focus was on restructuring and revision of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

Sustainability Reports cover the prior fiscal year or years' progress toward the benchmark targets in the Ohio University Sustainability Plan.

Climate Action Reports cover the prior fiscal year or years' progress toward the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, signed by President Rod McDavis in 2008, through the lens of the Ohio University Climate Action Plan.

STARS Reports summarize the AASHE STARS submissions highlights, results and categorical scores.

Sustainability Reports

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2013 Sustainability Report (data from FY12)

2014 Sustainability and Climate Action Report (data from FY13)

2017 Sustainability Report (data from FY14-F16; partial data from FY17)

Climate Action Reports

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2014 Sustainability and Climate Action Report (data from FY13)

2016 Climate Action Report (data from FY14-F15)

AASHE STARS Reports

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2015 STARS Report- Silver rating

2018 STARS Report - Silver rating

Princeton Review Green Colleges Reports

Ohio University has been recognized as a "Green College" every year since 2012, but links are only available through Princeton Review for the current year.  Currently, Ohio University submits information to Princeton Review Green Colleges through the AASHE STARS reporting tool.

Sierra Club Cool Schools Reports

The Sierra Club publishes a ranking of "Cool Schools" each year. Currently, Ohio University submits information to the Sierra Club through the AASHE STARS reporting tool.  Ohio University was ranked:

US EPA Green Power Partnership Reports 

Ohio University has been on the Top 30 College & University Green Power Partnership list since 2016, but only the current quarterly list is posted on the US EPA Green Power Partnership website.

Additional Documents:

Sustainability Plan, Version One (Summer 2011)

Sustainability Plan with Tracked Changes

Climate Action Plan (2012)