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...
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.
Since then, the university has reduced campus water consumption by nearly 29%, or 379 million gallons, by fixing issues found during building water audits, repairing leaks in water mains and installing low-flow fixtures. Because of that marked success, the university this year, as part of its sustainability goals , increased its water reduction target to 10% per capita every five years, from the original 5% per capita, by 2025....
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.”
As part of ongoing leak detection surveys, FOD has partnered with a third-party crew that mounts their equipment onto fire hydrants and listen to the water main between the hydrants to...
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.
“I have a rain barrel that can feed the garden,” VanCleave said, with an unwavering commitment to sustainability and water conservation....
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.
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.