"On the mission of achieving sustainability, hospitals have their sights set on one mammoth target: becoming carbon neutral — achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions.
And while the mission is long, challenging and often fraught with obstacles, hospitals have an obligation to embrace sustainability due to the enormity of their carbon footprint and their core commitment to health and healing, according to leaders in the decarbonization movement."
Help reduce waste and recycle right! We need all Buckeyes to do their part. New items are now being accepted as recyclable on Ohio State’s campus, including plastic tubs and jugs, like yogurt and pudding containers as well as fruit cups. Recyclables should be empty and clean.
Interested in sustainability? Earn up to $10/hr. as a Zero Waste student intern, providing education about Zero Waste during Ohio Stadium events. Develop your leadership skills while training and leading other students working in the Zero Waste program.
Options also are available beyond the 2021 football season. Group participation opportunities also are available in exchange for financial incentives up to $1100/game depending on the size of the group. Learn more about the incentive program .
Sustainability is at the heart of our healing mission, and we’re proud to share that, as a result of our hard work, the Wexner Medical Center has been awarded the Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in health care.
Despite the unprecedented times during the last year and a half, the medical center successfully reported achievement across 11 different areas of sustainability through the annual Environmental Excellence Awards program . It highlighted our community involvement, investments in resilience and how we address racial equity and health disparities.
The Ohio State University plans to start work on more than $44 million in energy system improvements.
The project, which will upgrade 40 academic, administration, medical, athletic, and student residence buildings, is pending approval by the Board of Trustees this week . This will be the fourth of five phases of energy efficiency measures that are part of the Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) program.
“The framework of these optimization projects looks at each building as part of the whole energy system,” said Scott Potter, senior director of comprehensive energy management in the Office of Business and...
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.”
In 2021, the Wexner Medical Center Green Team provided multiple opportunities for faculty, staff and students to participate in Earth Day activities. To celebrate, faculty and staff brought items to the Ackerman Shelter House that normally might have gone to the landfill to be recycled, repurposed or disposed of in a more environmentally friendly way.
Highlights from the week include:
More than 3,250 pounds of documents were shredded and recycled. 5.3 cubic yards of electronics were collected, equivalent to a small dump truck. 50 pounds of batteries were collected. More than 70 pairs of shoes were donated to...
As part of Ohio State’s Earth Day 2021 activities, the Sustainability Institute recently hosted a virtual presentation to discuss the Rapid 5 project, a partnership among the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Columbus) , Metro Parks, MORPC, Franklin County and others. Erin Prosser, Ohio State’s director of community development for Planning, Architecture and Real Estate (PARE), and Alicia Gaston, ULI Columbus senior director, presented the latest details and the comprehensive vision behind the project.
“Everyone is really hungry for this idea of looking at our natural resources from a regional perspective,” Prosser said. “There’s an...