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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.57
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date Jan. 22, 2016
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STARS v2.0

The Ohio State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Tony Gillund
Sustainability Coordinator
Energy Services and Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) 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 will ensure that accountability and a culture of sustainability becomes pervasive throughout Ohio State’s culture, practices and programs.


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


The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
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.

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.


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.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
27.50

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
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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. Aparna Dial – the University Energy and Sustainability Engineer and the Director of Energy Services and Sustainability

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Kate Bartter serves as the Director of the Office of Energy and Environment (OEE) at Ohio State. Kate provides the leadership to implement the OEE mission of integrating sustainability across the enterprise of Ohio State, including academics, students, research, campus operations and outreach, and she manages the day-to-day operation of OEE. She also is chair of the President and Provost's Council on Sustainability.

Aparna Dial serves as the University Energy and Sustainability Engineer and the Director of Energy Services and Sustainability at Ohio State, where she is responsible for leadership, strategic planning, development, coordination and implementation of energy and sustainability programs, standards and policies at an institutional level that maximize the environmental and financial performance of the university and establish Ohio State as a national and international leader in the field of sustainability.


The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.