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Energy Services and Sustainability

ESS serves as the focal point for continued energy conservation, education, recycling and other sustainability initiatives. Our goal is to lead Ohio State in achieving sustainability in all areas of university operations, including responsible resource use and energy management. This unit is led by Assistant Vice President Paul Sherwood.


ESS was recently reorganized and expanded in response to escalating energy costs and increasing concern for sustainability among university leadership and constituents. The development of a University 15-year Energy Plan to meet the requirements of Ohio House Bill 251 and Advanced Energy Law will be primary activities in coming years.


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ESS Documents



Energy & Sustainability - Aparna Dial

Building Energy - Tracy Willcoxon

Metering & Billing - Patrick Smith

Utility Purchasing - John Rappleye

LEED & Alternative Transportation - Robert Osterfeld




The following services support university energy and sustainability initiatives:




ESS works with building designers, facility managers, and university customers to conserve energy and reduce operating costs. Activities include:

  • Energy program and policy development
  • University Energy Committee leadership
  • Energy audits
  • Energy conservation project management and coordination
  • Installation and evaluation of new technologies
  • Building temperature scheduling and HVAC system optimization


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Utility metering

  • Metered utility data collection, billing and response to customer queries
  • Utility metering upgrade projects
  • Utility reporting systems that provide essential data for energy management; energy audits and conservation results tracking

Utility Metering


FOD invites the campus community to view Ohio State metered utility information online. This data-tracking and reporting system is a dynamic tool that contains monthly energy and water usage information.


The website is accessible to anyone with an active Ohio State ( account while logged in to a university-networked computer. any questions regarding utility metering.


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ENERGY contracts

Natural gas and electricity purchasing programs for main campus.


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Renewable energy

Ohio State is committed to improving energy efficiency, reducing consumption and investigating cost effective options for use of renewable energy sources. Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are being purchased in support of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment.


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The university is committed to developing new and renovated buildings that use resources efficiently and create healthy environments. Each new building or renovation with a $4 million budget (or more) will strive for U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-level certification or higher.

Green Build and Energy Policy

LEED Sustainability & Guidelines


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Disposal of materials represents an increasing cost to the environment and the university. As a result, the university has adopted a goal of 40 percent waste reduction by 2010. Programs include All-In-One recycling, construction and demolition debris recycling, and food and landscaping waste composting.

Waste Collection





Mission Statement