The expansion of the university composting program was recently spotlighted by Ohio State News. “Ohio State is leading the region on this,” said FOD’s Mary Leciejewski. More than 1,000 Buckeyes have signed up to participate in a new program that has already diverted more than 114 tons of food waste from landfills since July and sparked new ideas from students in the classroom.
Don’t throw your pumpkins in the trash. Compost them! By participating in Facilities Operations and Development’s (FOD) autumn pumpkin/gourd composting program, you not only help reduce your carbon footprint, but also provide a valuable service to the environment by returning the pumpkin’s nutrients to the soil.
How to compost pumpkins:
Pumpkins can be placed in green compost containers at any of the following drop-off locations:
A new collaboration between Ohio State and Rumpke Waste and Recycling will support advances in circular economy research, teaching and practices at a time when population growth in central Ohio is expected to bring new challenges to managing waste.
Video of Rumpke and Ohio State Sustainability Collaboration
FOD Heart and Sole helped raise more than $8,168 as part of the 2022 American Heart Association Central Ohio Heart Walk. The 38-member team was joined by family and friends to make the walk this past Saturday, August 20 at McFerson Commons in downtown Columbus. Together, the team of FOD and A&P staff members exceeded its fundraising goal of $7,500.
During the event, it was announced that The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center was among the top five fundraising companies. In total, the Central Ohio Heart Walk raised more than $1.4 million. Money raised...
Summer is a busy time of year for Mike Koeritzer of Facilities Operations and Development (FOD). The FOD landscape superintendent says he and his team are beautifying Ohio State’s campus as students return to school this fall.
“We are cleaning up landscape beds, mulching, mowing, edging sidewalks to get the campus looking good,” Koeritzer said.
To aid in the effort, and to address sustainability, Koeritzer’s landscaping team is upgrading their equipment from gas to electric. FOD recently received a $50,000 sustainability grant from Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP). FOD purchased two electric zero turn riding...
On Episode 4 of the "City of Ohio State" podcast, hear from Ohio State’s zero waste coordinator Mary Leciejewski. Spend 15-minutes listening to learn about zero waste stadium, campus composting and other ways Ohio State is prioritizing sustainability. The City of Ohio State podcast is brought to you by Ohio State's Office of Administration and Planning.
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Robert Baughman, assistant director of support services for Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), was unwinding from a busy day at work at home with his family, when his phone rang. On the other end was Brett Garrett, his supervisor.
“Usually, when Brett calls me at 6 p.m., I know something’s going on,” Baughman said.
Garrett, FOD’s senior director of engineering and infrastructure, called to tell Robert about a power outage impacting the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Wooster campus. O n Tuesday, June 14, severe thunderstorms rolled through the area,...
The Central Ohio Heart Walk takes place on August 20 at McFerson Commons in downtown Columbus.
A pair of Facilities Operations and Development leaders are coaching a team at this year’s event. Mark Conselyea and Kristin Poldemann, who lead team Heart and Sole, both walked in the event last year.
“A recent health and wellness survey told us that a number of our staff are not getting enough exercise, struggle with their weight and exhibit a number of factors that put them at risk for heart disease and stroke,” Conselyea said.
Get a bird’s-eye view of Jane E. Heminger Hall, the new, three-story building under construction for Ohio State’s College of Nursing. Drone footage shows aerial glimpses of the 40,000 square foot structure, located on the south side of Newton Hall. The facility will serve as a gateway to the university’s health science campus and is scheduled to open this summer. Video of Jane E. Heminger Hall Progress: June 3, 2022