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Why Donate?

Funding Opportunities

We have chosen 3 special projects to highlight.  Each project is designed to be a Sustainability Engagement Ecosystem, in alignment with the strategic pathways of Former President Nellis, and will advance multiple institutional sustainability goals while using our campuses and communities as living sustainability laboratories for multidisciplinary and experiential learning.  Double click on the images below to view more information about each project.

Photograph of OHIO Student Farm staff and their produce
Pile of plastic bottles
Photo credit: Flickr Photo Sharing (Plastic Mountain)
USGBC LEED Lab program


Our Commitments

Ohio University was a 2007 signatory to the Carbon Commitment, formerly the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing to becoming a carbon neutral campus before the year 2075.  More recently, on his first day in office, Ohio University Former President Nellis signed the "We Are Still In" declaration .  As a result of these commitments, the institution developed and has largely met the first set of extensive goals and benchmarks in a 2011 Sustainability Plan and a 2012 Climate Action Plan. In 2019-20, the Plans are due for updates to more ambitious goals.

Faculty, staff, students and community members throughout Ohio University campuses & local communities are working together to realize important goals from these plans, such as carbon neutrality, increased local food production and procurement, improvements in energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainability-related education and research. We look forward to advancing these and additional goals with your participation!

Your Support

The implementation of the innovative recommended strategies identified by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members requires the support of entire campuses and communities. Students and professionals must work together to hold the University accountable for the impressive goals it has set for itself.

With your support, we can help fund projects required to realize these goals.  What dream will you help realize? The projects displayed above are just a small sampling of the sustainability-related projects.

Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a huge difference.  

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 which advance institutional sustainability efforts. Donations made to this fund will be added to a 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 (, 740-593-0460) before making a donation so that proper funding allocations occur.  The Office of Sustainability will keep a rolling list of projects, associated costs of each project, and project donations. 

To make an immediate gift to the Ohio University Sustainability Fund online using your credit or debit card, please visit and select "Other", click next to "The fund I want to support isn't listed above" and then enter "Ohio University Sustainability Fund" in the box that appears.