Sustainability Goals

As a university, our goal is to foster campus-to-community, students-to-alumni culture of sustainability oriented practices and educational and research experiences that students and alumni transfer into local and global communities. Through our initiatives we catalyze engagement, ownership and buy-in to sustainability via engaged and inclusive partnerships, on and off campus, which support the long term economic, social and environmental welfare of the campus, surrounding neighborhoods and the global community.

Teaching and Learning

  • Deliver a Curriculum that provides Ohio State students at all stages of instruction with opportunities to understand sustainability holistically, framed by the environment, science, technology, society, the economy, history, culture, and politics.
  • Address the Complexities of Sustainability through a variety of learning formats, strategies, and occasions.

Research and Innovation

  • Reward Sustainability Scholarship, including the scholarship of engagement, by providing incentives for students, faculty and staff to make discoveries and stimulate creative efforts that promote and achieve sustainability.
  • Magnify Sustainability Scholarly Output and Impact to create new knowledge, solve real world problems, including for our own operations, and increase Ohio State’s national/international reputation as a sustainability research leader.

Outreach and Engagement

  • Foster Campus-to-Community, Students-to-Alumni Culture of sustainability-oriented practices and educational and research experiences that students and alumni transfer into local and global communities.
  • Catalyze Engagement, Ownership, and Buy-In to Sustainability via engaged and inclusive partnerships, on and off campus, that support the long-term economic, social and environmental welfare of the campus, surrounding neighborhoods and the global community.

Resource Stewardship

  • Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 per Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment.
  • Reduce total campus building energy consumption by 25% by 2025.
  • Reduce potable water consumption by 5% per capita every five years, resetting baseline every five years.
  • Increase campus ecosystem services by 60%, by 2025.
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of the university fleet by 25% by 2025.
  • Achieve zero waste by 2025 by diverting 90% of waste away from landfills.
  • Increase production and purchase of locally and sustainably sourced food to 40% by 2025.
  • Develop university-wide standards for targeted environmentally preferred products and fully.

Resource Stewardship Goals

Carbon Neutrality: No net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to be achieved by minimizing net GHG emissions and using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate the remaining emissions.

Energy Use Intensity (EUI): Energy use per square foot as measurement. The university target is to reach for an EUI of 150.

Potable Water: Water treated to safe drinking levels.

Ecosystem Services are benefits to people from the natural environment. Ecosystem services are grouped into four categories: provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural.

University Fleet Carbon Footprint: Carbon equivalent emissions due to consumption of fuels by university owned vehicles.

Zero waste: Diversion of 90% of waste materials being reused recycled, refurbished and/or composted.

Environmentally Preferred Products and Services: Products and services with reduced negative effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services serving the same purpose.