Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.94
Liaison Elaine Goetz
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ohio University
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Elaine Goetz
Director of Energy Management & Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sample Curriculum Goal 1: Increase opportunities for formal, experiential, and community-engaged sustainability learning experiences
Sample Curriculum Targets/Metrics: 75 undergraduates enrolled in sustainability majors by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 44); 60 graduate students enrolled in sustainability majors by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 42).

Sample Research Goal 1: Increase research focused on sustainability or carbon neutrality.
Sample Research Targets/Metrics: 25% of researchers conduct sustainability research by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 17%); 75% of departments conduct sustainability research by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 35%)


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sample Engagement Goal 1: Create, enhance and track transformative sustainability engagement ecosystems
Sample Engagement Targets/Metrics: 16 ecosystems created/enhanced by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 1)


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sample Operations (Energy) goal: Reduce campus and building energy intensity.
Sample Operations (Energy) Targets/Metrics: Reduce campus EUI to below an average of 110 kBtu/sq ft by FY26 (FY17 baseline = average of 137 kBtu/sq ft).

Sample Operations (Waste) goal: Reduce municipal and Universal Solid Waste
Sample Operations (Waste) Targets/Metrics: Reduce to below 0.22 tons solid waste per weighted user by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 0.24 tons/weighted user)


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Sample Administration (Human Resources) Goal: Support and promote employee wellbeing and resilience
Sample Administration (Human Resources) Targets/Metrics: increase above 50% engagement of eligible participants (employees and spouses/partners) in WellWorks-supported wellbeing programs by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 21.2% in Virgin Pulse program only); decrease annual number of recordable incidents of work-related injury or ill health to less than 2 per 100 FTE employee by FY26 (FY17 baseline = 2.1)


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:

Ohio University defines sustainability as the capacity to simultaneously benefit people, the planet and prosperity now and in the future.


Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

The President Roderick McDavis signed the ACUPCC in 2008. President Duane Nellis signed the "We Are Still In" national declaration in 2017.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Updated by Elaine Goetz on 7/27/21 (new Sustainability & Climate Action Plan goals, metrics and targets).

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