Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.07
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
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The Ohio State University at Lima
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tony Gillund
Sustainability Manager
Energy Services and Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability (PPCS) provides strategic advisement on the integration of sustainable practices, programs, and projects throughout The Ohio State University. The Council meets periodically to guide campus planning and program development, working with a network of university committees, offices and departments. PPCS members represent the leadership in academics, research, operations, medical center, athletics, student life, and student government, joined in a shared mission and collective dialogue.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

1. Chair: Director, Office of Energy and Environment
2. Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
3. Associate Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement
4. Senior Vice President, Office of Administration and Planning
5. Vice President, Director of Athletics, Department of Athletics
6. Senior Vice President and CFO, Office of Business and Finance
7. President, Council of Graduate Students
8. Manager, Energy Services and Sustainability
9. Associate Vice President, Facilities Operations and Development
10. Chair, Faculty Council
11. President, Inter-Professional Council
12. Vice President, Office of Research
13. Vice President, O3. ffice of Student Life
14. President, Undergraduate Student Government
15. Vice President, University Communications
16. Associate Vice President, Medical Center Facilities, Wexner Medical Center
17. Faculty Representatives
18. Regional Campus Faculty Representative, Regional Campuses

Source: https://president.osu.edu/leadership-and-committees/president-and-provosts-council-on-sustainability.html


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

Office of Energy and Environment (OEE)
Ohio State is dedicated to advancing education, research, and innovation for energy and the environment, emphasizing how those needs can be met sustainably. The university's Office of Energy and Environment facilitates and integrates these activities, working to help faculty, staff, and students research and develop conventional and alternative energy sources and develop affordable, environmentally responsible, and sustainable options.

Source: Gina Langen, OEE

Energy Services and Sustainability (ESS)
The university’s office of Energy Services and Sustainability serves as the focal point for Ohio State’s sustainability efforts in energy conservation measures, energy management, green building and construction, sustainable materials management, and many other initiatives. ESS aims to lead Ohio State in achieving sustainability in all areas of university operations, including responsible resource use and energy management. In coordination with the Office of Energy and Environment and the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability, ESS supports the implementation of energy and sustainability planning, education, and programming in support of the university’s core goals: Teaching and Learning, Research and Innovation, Outreach and Engagement, and Resource Stewardship.

Source: Tony Gillund

Office of Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability
Office of Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability’s mission is to educate students and staff to help them make responsible, sustainable choices to meet the short- and long-term needs of our community, both within and outside of the university. To provide recommendations for building systems, waste removal and other functions to support energy conservation and sustainability, and to measure success of efforts both quantitatively and qualitatively.

Source: http://greenbuckeyes.osu.edu/about-us/


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
15.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Kate Bartter – Director of the Office of Energy and Environment; Tony Gillund –Energy Services and Sustainability Manager; Tom Reeves, Office of Student Life, Director of Energy Management and Sustainability

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

While the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability (PPCS) has provided valuable input and strategic counsel on numerous sustainability projects, one of the most substantive occurred during 2015. At the request from Provost Steinmetz to the PPCS, the university developed strategic sustainability goals to support Ohio State's overarching core goals of teaching and learning, research and innovation, outreach and engagement, and resource stewardship. Work groups made up of PPCS members as well as a diverse group of faculty, students and staff members, and with university community input, worked together to recommend sustainability goals in the four university overarching core goals. These goals ensure that accountability and a culture of sustainability becomes pervasive throughout Ohio State’s culture, practices, and programs.

In collaboration with the PPCS, the Office of Energy and Environment (OEE) manages The Ohio State Sustainability Fund (OSSF), which was established to support improvement of the sustainability profile of the university – through projects that improve the efficiency of campus operations and lead to increased understanding or more sustainable behaviors in the university community. Since project funds are dispersed on the main campus and the four regional campuses, the regional campuses are represented on the PPCS and have a hand in determining the best use of the funds. In FY 2016, nine projects were awarded 1.7 million dollars in funding for projects ranging from $17,000 to assist Ohio State’s Lima campus with the acquisition of a hybrid-electric vehicle, to $500,000 in support of the new compressed natural gas station currently under construction. For the first time, a grant was also given to an academic unit to hire a post-doctoral researcher. In this case, the Center for Ethics and Human Values was granted $144,000 to enable continued programming designed to foster a campus wide discussion about the ethics of sustainability.


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