Facilities Operations and Development’s Refuse division is reducing litter and carbon emissions, thanks to more efficient trash truck routes. Outdoor trash receptacles were relocated to central locations or moved closer to buildings to streamline collection. In addition, custodial and landscaping crews now assist in tipping trash cans near buildings. The collaboration helps drivers reduce time spent behind the wheel, freeing them for other jobs like recycling and composting. Drivers now are responsible for servicing 25 locations and dozens of trash cans at Ohio State.
In early 2021, Ohio State pulled off a magic trick making a pair of parking garages disappear. The North and South Cannon Garages were demolished as a precursor to the new Inpatient Hospital construction project, but where the materials went tells the whole story.
“We are proud to say that 98% of waste materials from the demolished site were recycled,” said Mark Banta. “This included 85,986,000 pounds of concrete, rebar and galvanized materials.”
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.
“The biggest driver for me was to give a voice for people who didn’t have a voice,” Dial, senior director of sustainability and strategic services in...
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.
Bring confidential documents to be shredded and recycled on Friday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Other personal, non-medical center or university issued, items that can be dropped off...
“This is an exciting development for the future of our campus,” said Aparna Dial, Senior Director, Sustainability and Strategic Services, Facilities Operations and Development. “By establishing an Ohio State-centric set of sustainability standards, we will build and operate better performing facilities and a more sustainable physical environment while driving advancement toward the university’s sustainability goals.”
Stakeholders from across the university were consulted in the development of this new policy which went out for...
In a new collaboration, announced in advance of America Recycles Day Nov. 15, Ohio State and SWACO will share expertise and resources to divert waste from Franklin County’s Sanitary Landfill. They will use Ohio State’s campus as a living laboratory to test waste diversion projects — from education and behavioral change to new recycling technologies — with the aim of scaling up successful strategies across Central Ohio.
“Ohio State and SWACO share a vision to manage solid waste materials in a way to benefit the economy, the environment and the community of Central Ohio,” says Aparna Dial,...
Facilities Operations and Development’s (FOD) sustainability team earned top honors in autumn 2020 by winning the Campus Race to Zero Waste’s (formerly RecycleMania) 2020 case study competition in the Education and Awareness category.
The team was praised for its sustainability and zero waste certification training for facilities operations workers, including custodial, maintenance, landscaping and housekeeping staff.
“All of the credit goes to the staff for their hard work, cooperation and support, which resulted in making significant progress toward Ohio State’s sustainability goals ,” said Molly Kathleen, zero waste coordinator.
Compost. Trash. Recycle. The Ohio State University Board of Trustees followed three simple steps in an effort to make its November meeting a zero waste event in support of the university’s overall sustainability goals .
Zero waste is defined as diverting 90% or more of waste from the landfill. Ohio State’s goal is to become a zero waste campus through recycling, compost and reuse by 2025.
“We hope that today marks the first official zero waste Board of Trustees meeting,” said Mary Leciejewski, zero waste manager with Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development. “We’ve made operational...
The Ohio State University Columbus campus achieved a gold rating within the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
Ohio State’s 2019 gold rating is good for three years and places the university among leading national and international colleges and universities, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) that administers STARS.
“Sustainability is a major focus at Ohio State, and this honor recognizes the significant progress we continue to make as a university,” said Jay Kasey, senior vice president of Ohio State’s Office of Administration and Planning.