Progress Continues on Ohio State Sustainability Goals

In November 2015, The Ohio State University announced university-wide sustainability goals to guide the university as it develops durable solutions to the challenges of sustainability and in evolving a culture of sustainability. The goals, developed by students, faculty and staff, were designed to impact all aspects of the university mission: collaborative teaching, pioneering research, comprehensive outreach, and innovative operations, practices, and policies.

As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of our sustainability 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 energy, environment and sustainability issues; creating discoveries to enhance sustainability research; conserving energy; reducing waste; protecting the environment; and obtaining food from local and sustainable sources.

Examples of recent sustainability successes include:

Teaching and Learning Goals

Research and Innovation Goals

Outreach and Engagement Goals

  • Hosting notable experts in energy, the environment and sustainability, including:
    • HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
    • Dr. M. Sanjayan, Executive Vice President and Senior Scientist for Conservation International
    • U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, (D, R.I.)
    • Cardinal Peter Turkson, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
    • Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway
    • Fostering relationships with sustainability focused entities across Central Ohio, including the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, COSI, the Mayor’s Green Team, and the Columbus Metropolitan Club, to promote sustainability throughout our region

Resource Stewardship

  • Establishment of the University Panel on Food Sustainability to plan how to increase production and purchase of locally and sustainably sourced food to 40% by 2025
  • Mirror Lake District restoration changes to restore the campus landmark to its natural state and to aid in maintaining the university’s storm water runoff to pre-development levels by 2050 and increasing the ecological services of our landscapes
  • Evaluating a partnership that could propel energy conservation efforts while focusing university resources on our academic mission. The Comprehensive Energy Management Project team is evaluating whether a partnership with energy experts would fulfill the university’s requirements for major improvements to energy conservation, high quality service, enrichment of academic connections and resources to focus on core priorities.
  • Breaking ground on a new Compressed Natural Gas fueling station to serve the university’s Department of Transportation and Traffic Management, as well as the City of Columbus, as one step in reducing the carbon footprint of the university fleet by 25% by 2025
  • Making Electric Vehicle Charging Stations available for public use on Ohio State's Columbus campus at three different locations to foster sustainability-oriented transportation practices among students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Achieving zero waste in Ohio Stadium by diverting on average more than 90% of the waste collected following football games, making real progress toward our goal of becoming a zero waste campus by 2025
  • Contributions by the Ohio State Golf Courses to the goal of reducing maintained acreage by establishing no-mow zones for areas out of play range

Sustainability at Ohio State

Ohio State Sustainability Goals