Sustainability Initiatives

Sports for Climate Action

Recognizing the critical need for all stakeholders around the globe to help implement the Paris Agreement and to accelerate the transformative change needed to reach greenhouse gas emission neutrality (i.e. climate neutrality) in the second half of the twenty-first century,  The Ohio State University Department of Athletics supports the vision outlined in the Sports for Climate Action Framework.

The department expresses its intent to support and implement the principles enshrined in the Sports for Climate Action Framework and we commit to working collaboratively with our peers and relevant stakeholders to enhance the climate action agenda in the sports sector and to use sports as a unifying tool to drive climate awareness and action among global citizens.

The Ohio State University Department of Athletics will communicate this commitment to our stakeholders and the general public.

More information: Climate Action Framework

Renovation to Ohio Stadium and University Suites


The recently completed renovations to Ohio Stadium were LEED certified in the spring of 2020. The renovations to the suites took four years to complete, and the updates include new energy efficient light fixtures, low-emitting building materials, and water use reduction appliances. During the 2019 football season all student tickets were electronic only, furthering the commitment to being zero waste at Ohio Stadium.

View the full LEED Scorecard of the facility.

Learn more about suites at Ohio Stadium.

  • Access to public transportation
  • Energy efficient light fixtures
  • Low-emitting paints and coatings
  • Low emitting flooring and agrifiber products
  • Efficient indoor heating system
  • Incorporation of water use reduction appliances

Covelli Center


The Covelli Center was certified LEED Silver in August of 2020. The building is home to seven varsity sports, including volleyball, gymnastics, fencing, and wrestling. The new athletic facility excels at providing public transportation access, using water efficient landscaping, and featuring low-emitting building materials. The Covelli Center was also awarded extra LEED certification points for innovative design and construction waste management.

View the full LEED Scorecard of the facility.

  • Construction waste management
  • Public transportation access
  • Development density and community connectivity
  • Efficient parking capacity
  • Innovation in design
  • Water efficient landscaping

Schumaker Complex

The Schumaker Complex was certified LEED Gold in April of 2020. The new athletic facility provides training space, rehabilitation resources and nutrition coaching to 33 teams at Ohio State. During the construction of the Schumaker Complex in 2018, over 50% of the building materials were diverted from the landfill. The building now features low-flow water fixtures and is easily accessible by public transportation. Ohio State won the 2020 USG NACDA Sustainability Award for its exceptional work on the Schumaker Complex.

Learn more about the Schumaker Complex.

  • Public transportation bus stops
  • Bike storage
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Fuel efficient vehicles
  • A portion of the Schumaker’s building energy consumption is derived from renewable sources.
  • During the construction period, over 50% of construction waste was diverted from the landfill.
  • Materials with recycled content and regional materials were utilized in the construction of the complex.
  • All finishes and flooring are comprised of low-emitting materials, reducing negative impacts on human health from toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
  • Low-flow water fixtures
  • Zero irrigation landscaping model
The Ohio State University Golf Course

Ohio State Scarlet and Gray Golf Courses


The Ohio State University Golf Club has made a conscious effort to use resources efficiently to maintain the golf courses and reduce environmental impact.

Learn more about our sustainability initiatives at the golf course.

  • Organic fertilizer application combats pesticide use.
  • Lab analyses of soil and plant tissue have increased soil and plant health.
  • Vegetation buffer strips of 8-30 feet are in place around the course’s lake and streams to filter surface runoff before it enters waterways.
  • Strategic irrigation systems that conserve energy and water.
  • Adjusting watering times to eliminate daylight absorption.
  • The display beds at the golf course have been top-dressed with ‘Stadium Scarlet’ This compost consists of leaf humus, wood mulch, and compost created from the Zero Waste Program in Ohio Stadium.

Schottenstein Center – Practice Facility


The Ohio State University Basketball Practice Facility located inside the Schottenstein Center was constructed and certified to LEED Silver in 2014 by the U.S Green Building Council. This certification ensures that various elements of the construction process and the facility itself have a reduced environmental and human health impact.

View the full LEED Scorecard of the facility.

  • 20% energy savings as compared with the baseline building performance.
  • Diverted 75% of construction waste from the landfill to be recycled or salvaged.
  • 10% of building materials were derived from recycled content or regional materials.
  • A minimum of 50% (based on cost) of wood-based materials and products are certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council, which certifies responsibly managed forests.
  • All adhesives, sealants and flooring are comprised of low-emitting materials reducing negative impacts on human health from toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
  • 35% Water use reduction as compared to the baseline building performance.