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Become Green Buckeye Certified

Implement best sustainability practices in your campus office or laboratory and become Green Buckeye certified. Complete an online survey to let us know what you are doing to reduce your carbon footprint and minimize waste. Learn about tips to make your space more sustainable and get recognized for your commitment.

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In the News: Aparna Dial on Protecting People and the Environment

Aparna Dial approaches sustainability with a view through three lenses: She immigrated to the United States from India. She’s a woman in a male-dominated field. And she’s been an eyewitness to the ways environmental impacts do not affect everyone equally.

That perspective leads her to propel discussion and action when it comes to issues such as the inequities of environmental impacts and the barriers faced by women in STEM.

Celebrate Earth Day All Spring

Ohio State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day all spring! Visit the Sustainability Institute's website for a listing of events and activities that celebrate sustainability.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Medical Center Green Team
This is the third year the Medical Center Green Team is organizing special opportunities to celebrate while also complying with the rules and regulations due to COVID-19. 

Solutions, Repairs Reduce Campus Water Use by 29%

In 2015, the amount of water Ohio State used in a year — about 1.3 billion gallons — could fill Ohio Stadium more than 3.5 times.

Acoustic Technology Saves Water

Drip, drip, drip … If you stay quiet and listen closely, you can hear it. Water always finds a way and now Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development has embraced a unique way to track it. 

“They listen to the water mains using acoustic methods,” said Brenda VanCleave, water engineer for FOD’s sustainability office. “They can pinpoint where there’s a leak within three meters of that leak.” 

FOD is Educating Campus About Water Consumption

While World Water Day comes just once a year, Brenda VanCleave doesn’t limit her water conservation to a single day. Instead, the Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) water resource engineer finds ways to integrate her morale responsibility into her favorite hobby. 

“My garden at my house is my getaway,” VanCleave said.

VanCleave has been tending to her garden for the past 15 years and finds that it’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. 

In the News: Improving Water Conservation Efforts

Ohio State aims to reduce potable water consumption by 5 percent, per person, every five years as part of its university-wide sustainability goals. Read more about how Facilities Operations and Development and the College of Pharmacy have teamed up to conserve water by changing lab equipment for annual water savings of 16 million gallons.

Read the full story on the Sustainability Institute website.

March 22 is World Water Day!

March 22 is World Water Day! Below are some tips for how you can conserve water on campus and at home. 

  • Turn off the water tap while tooth brushing, shaving and face washing.
  • Clean vegetables, fruits, dishes and utensils with minimum water. Don’t let the water run while rinsing.
  • Run washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full.
  • Using water-efficient showerheads and taking shorter showers.
  • Learning to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  • Repair and fix any water leaks.