Campus-wide zero waste survey will assess Athens campus feedback and ideas

November 27, 2018

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, in partnership with Campus Recycling and the Office of Sustainability, emailed the 2018 Campus-wide Zero Waste Survey on Thursday, November 15 to all Athens campus faculty, staff and students.

Follow this direct link, to participate in the survey, or visit www.ohio.edu/zerowaste and follow the link at “Click here to begin the survey.”  Please note that this survey is restricted to current Ohio University students, faculty and staff on the Athens campus. Responses are anonymous. The survey will close on Friday, December 7.

The purpose of the survey is to assess recycling and composting patterns and identify ways to improve waste diversion on campus. This is the second such survey and will compare results to a similar survey issued in November 2015.

Over the past several years, the University has made great strides to increase access to recycling and composting services on campus and many units are working to find sustainable ways to minimize the OHIO waste footprint. For example, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency named OHIO the first in the state to receive the Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Award. Similarly, Campus Recycling recently hosted GameDay Challenge at the Ohio Bobcats home football game on November 14. OHIO has earned national recognition for its GameDay Challenge diversion rate twice. The Child Development Center recently began composting their food waste and paper towels to join the efforts with the Voinovich School on The Ridges.

“As part of our work with the OHIO Zero Waste Initiative, we are constantly impressed by the champions across units that come forward to offer leadership on sustainability initiatives such as the Culinary, Athletics, Orientation, Parking Services, Campus Recreation areas and many more,” Elissa Welch, project manager at the Voinovich School, said. “We are grateful for the generous support of the Sugar Bush Foundation to grow this culture of sustainability and zero waste awareness as a norm on campus and across the region.”

Survey results will be shared spring 2019. 
For more information, contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or visit www.ohio.edu/zerowaste. Follow the Zero Waste Initiative on Twitter @OHIOzerowaste.