Sustainability

Mission Statement

As of November 2015, The Ohio State University has established a list of sustainability goals that comprehensively looks at the university's impact on the environment as well as surrounding communities. These goals intend to analyze intergenerational tradeoffs between various social, economic, and environmental aspects. At Ohio State Athletics we are striving to align with campus goals and imbed sustainability into our daily operations. We continue to enhance the condition of our campus as well as neighboring environments through various initiatives such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, and fertilizer reduction. As our athletic facilities continue to expand, we have made it a priority to make decisions based on leaving behind the lightest footprint and reducing our overall impact.

To learn more about sustainability at Ohio State, visit: https://www.osu.edu/initiatives/sustainability/

What is Zero Waste?

Since 2011, Ohio Stadium has employed one of the largest Zero Waste programs in the country. Zero Waste refers to process of diverting 90% of waste from the landfill through recycling, composting and repurposing.

Visit https://fod.osu.edu/zero-waste for more information.

LEED Certified Buildings

In 2014, Ohio State's Basketball practice facility within the Schottenstein Center was approved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification. Future athletic facilities such as the Covelli Center as well as the new Student-Athlete Development Center will be LEED Silver certified.

Visit https://fod.osu.edu/green-building for more information.

Ohio State Golf Course Initiatives

The Ohio State University Golf Club has maintained several important initiatives throughout their courses that contribute to achieving campus wide sustainability goals.

  • Combat soil and rainwater runoff through vegetation buffer strips.
  • Strategic irrigation systems
  • Organic fertilizer application
  • Lab analytics for fertilizer application strategies

Visit http://oee.osu.edu/ohio-state-golf-courses-score-hole-in-one-for-sustainability.html to read more about these initiatives.

LED Lighting at the Schottenstein Center

In order to better align with the broader university's sustainability goals (specifically goal 7b.) the lighting in the basketball practice gym was replaced with LED bulbs. The new lighting not only reduces energy usage, it minimizes utility costs and creates an enhanced atmosphere for the players.