COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the fifth year in a row, The Ohio State University topped the Big Ten Conference in the annual GameDay Recycling Challenge by diverting more waste than any other Big Ten university.
The GameDay Recycling Challenge is a national competition among colleges and universities, to promote waste reduction and sustainability at home football games.
Ohio State achieved an average diversion rate of 95.4 percent at Ohio Stadium during the 2016 home football season. Ohio State’s most successful single-game total came November 26 against the University of Michigan, when it recorded a 96.23 percent diversion...
In November 2015, Ohio State announced university-wide sustainability goals to guide development of durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability. As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the goals, students, faculty and staff – as well as the Central Ohio community – are seeing the payoff. Efforts over the past 12 months have resulted in a wide-range of progress toward developing global citizens with knowledge of sustainability issues; creating discoveries to enhance sustainability research; conserving energy; reducing waste; protecting the environment; and obtaining food from local and sustainable sources.
While the teams battle it out on the field during the Ohio State/Michigan football game, Ohio State fans will be working toward another championship in the stands: Zero Waste Champions.
Zero waste refers to diverting 90 percent or more of disposed materials away from the landfill by recycling, repurposing and composting. For four years in a row, Ohio State has ranked first in the Big Ten Conference, setting a new standard for collegiate stadium recycling.
Ohio Stadium is the largest stadium in the country to continuously achieve zero waste status. Ohio State began its zero waste effort during...
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On Saturday, October 22, approximately 30 student volunteers representing four different student organizations joined EHS and FOD staff to clean and maintain the rain gardens behind Jennings Hall. The gardens were weeded, perennials were trimmed, trees were pruned, and shrubs and a small Ohio Buckeye tree were transplanted.
Funding is available for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change and directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Sustainability Fund projects must contribute to sustainability, provide campus impact and be used to seed, catalyze or gap-fill funding on projects. Projects cannot be covered by an existing university operating budget. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability website, under “Involvement.” More . Contact .
Prince Albert II of Monaco recently visited Ohio State, both sharing his message of sustainability and exploring Ohio State successes.
Accompanying his campus tour was FOD's Associate Vice President Lynn Readey and Sustainability Coordinator Tony Gillund. Of particular interest was Ohio Stadium's award-winning Zero Waste program that diverts more than 90 percent of game-day waste from landfills. Monaco is in the process of upgrading and expanding its Louis II Stadium, and Prince Albert sees Ohio Stadium's Zero Waste successes as an inspiration. More .
The Ohio State University achieved a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
Ohio State’s 2016 Gold rating places the university among the top tier of national and international colleges and universities, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
“This rating reinforces Ohio State’s efforts toward becoming a world leader in developing durable solutions to the pressing challenges of sustainability,” said Jay Kasey, senior vice president of Ohio State’s Office of Administration and Planning.
The university received high marks by achieving a perfect score in campus engagement...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized The Ohio State University as an Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Big Ten Conference.
Ohio State beat its conference rivals by using more than 123 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 20% of the school’s annual electricity usage and demonstrating the university’s commitment to support renewable energy alternatives and help users reduce their carbon footprints.
It is part of Ohio State’s continued efforts to advance sustainability across campus and throughout the community,...
During the spring semester, Ohio State participated in RecycleMania, which is a national competition that involves universities competing in several categories to increase recycling and promote its awareness. During this eight-week competition, Ohio State provided recycling information and awareness on campus through marketing and outreach, as well as programs directed toward students, staff and faculty.
The results are in, and Ohio State not only placed 13th in the nation in the total recycling category with nearly 1,000,000 pounds of materials diverted from the landfill, but in Ohio State’s inaugural year of participating in the RecycleMania basketball category, Ohio State...