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...
The more than 100,000 Buckeye fans who came out to the Spring Game on Saturday saw a new video from Energy Services and Sustainability that highlights the university’s commitment to Zero Waste. Zero Waste means diverting at least 90 percent of waste from the landfill by recycling, composting or repurposing.
For the fifth straight year, The Ohio State University is proud to earn a Tree Campus USA recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation, highlighting the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a healthy tree population.
Ohio State has received the designation every year since it first applied in 2011.
Tree Campus USA, which was launched in 2008, is a national program that recognizes colleges and universities for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in conservation.
To obtain the Tree Campus USA recognition, Ohio State had to meet five core standards for sustainable campus forestry including...
Of all schools in the Big Ten Conference, Ohio State diverted the most waste from the landfill during the 2015 football season, highlighting the university’s commitment to sustainability. The results were released as part of the national GameDay Recycling Challenge. This season, Ohio State had an average diversion rate of 96.35 percent, with more than 68 tons of waste being diverted to either recycling or composting. In comparison, only three tons of waste generated went to the landfill.
Faculty, staff and students influence sustainable practices at the university through daily activities in their respective workspaces. The Green Buckeye Certification, a program that exists to inform and encourage implementation of best practices in campus office spaces to improve the sustainability performance, has expanded to include laboratories. By becoming Green Buckeye Certified, offices and laboratories demonstrate their commitment to Ohio State’s sustainability goals. Congratulations to the College of Public Health — the first location to have all offices and laboratories certified.