Sustainability Initiatives

The Schumaker

The 2018 Schumaker Complex

This new student athlete facility is pursuing LEED Certification through the U.S Green Building Council. Check out some of the highlights below that make the Schumaker a green building…

The new student athlete facility is pursuing LEED certification.

  • Public transportation bus stops
  • Bike storage
  • Electric car charging stations
  • Fuel efficient vehicles
  • A portion of the Schumaker’s building energy consumption will be 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

Learn more about the Schumaker Complex

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.

  • 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.
  • Organic fertilizer application combats pesticide use.
  • Lab analyses of soil and plant tissue have increased soil and plant health.
  • 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.

Learn more about these initiatives here

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive


Each year the Student-Athlete Support Services Office and Department of Athletics host shoe drives benefitting one of our service-learning partners, Soles4Souls. Soles4Souls is a global not-for-profit that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Student-athletes participating in a Buckeyes Go International service-learning experience help collect shoes from fans, visitors and donors at designated winter athletic events at the Schottenstein Center. To date, Buckeyes have donated over 3,000 pairs of shoes, most recently collecting over 1,050 in February 2018. Fans and staff can donate throughout the year by learning more at

OSU Zero Waste Invitational

Zero Waste



The Ohio State University has received support from various stakeholders within the community to carry out zero waste events at all of our football games. Zero waste refers to diverting 90% or more of materials from the landfill by recycling, repurposing and composting. The Ohio State University has set a new standard for collegiate stadium recycling, being ranked No. 1 in diversion rate within the Big Ten Conference for the past four years.

Students: Zero Waste Student Volunteer Registration

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Schottenstein Center – Practice Facility

The 2014  LEED Certified Silver Schottenstein 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 here

Prominent Features

  • 35% Water use reduction as compared to the baseline building performance.
  • 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.