The Ohio State University is using technology to assess and plan for landscaping that keeps campus beautiful year-round. Certified drone pilots from Planning, Architecture and Real Estate (PARE) partnered with Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) to take aerial images of The Oval this week.
“Advancements in technology allow us to quickly take a birds-eye view to assess where turf repairs are needed on a broader scale,” said Mike Koeritzer, FOD Landscape Services Superintendent. “Having this service available within the university is valuable for operational efficiency when reviewing landscaping, rooftops and other maintenance needs.”
Student volunteers are needed to help support autumn clean-up efforts at the Jennings Hall Rain Garden at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 2. Facilities Operations and Development staff, including the Environmental Health and Safety team, as well as the Bio Sci Greenhouse group, need the help of students to remove trash, weeds, mulch and maintain the garden boxes. This year's goal is to clean out all of the boxes and totally replant two of them. These efforts will ensure that this important storm water facility maintains its beauty and functionality as a rain garden. Refreshments will be provided to the...
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.
Ohio State earned the No. 1 ranking in the annual RecycleMania competition for GameDay Basketball diversion rate. The Feb. 26 contest against Iowa at the Jerome Schottenstein Center delivered a 99.4% diversion rate. Waste was collected during the game, diverted from the landfill, and weighed, helping Ohio State move up five spots in the 2019 RecycleMania Game Day Basketball diversion competition. Zero Waste at the Jerome Schottenstein Center is a collaborative effort, and we thank all our partners!
Ohio State also finished in 5th place among 300 colleges and universities in the total recycling category of RecycleMania...
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.
Heating-to-Cooling Transition - Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) maintenance personnel will conduct the annual heating-to-cooling season transition in several campus buildings throughout the month of April, necessitating increased activity of FOD maintenance personnel in and around the mechanical spaces of the buildings.
Maintenance personnel will shut down certain heating systems, where applicable, and perform the proper maintenance to bring the cooling systems on-line.
We are working to ensure a seamless changeover from heating to cooling, but weather variations may cause unanticipated fluctuations to interior temperatures as we progress through this transition. We apologize in advance for any...
As a resident in Morrill Tower, Maria Le noticed students were throwing a lot of food in the trash while dining in Morrill Traditions. It was then that she came up with the idea of composting the dining hall’s uneaten food.
Le, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government’s Sustainability Committee, proposed her idea to Deputy Director Animesh Bapat, a third-year in food, agriculture and biological engineering, who helped Le bring her idea to life. Bapat and Le’s mini-committee contacted administrators in Facilities Operations and Development and in the Office of Student Life to push forward their...
Being a Buckeye takes on many forms, including giving back to the campus and the community. Generosity was on display this weekend as warmer weather welcomed green-focused clean-ups across the Columbus campus.
Students came together to tidy the Jennings Hall rain garden and Aronoff bioswale. The volunteers weeded beds, picked up trash and mulched while Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) supplied the mulch and a truck to place yard waste.
Over at the Longaberger Alumni House and Fawcett Center, a separate group of volunteers focused on invasive plant removal and tree planting. The student groups from Society for...
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.
For the eighth year in a row, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation. Ohio State has received the distinction each year since it first applied in 2011. Tree Campus USA, an Arbor Day Foundation program launched in 2008, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.
The honor aligns with Ohio State's sustainability goals , including a commitment to increase the ecosystem services that campus lands provide to the university community....