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The Office serves as the catalyst, convener, and champion of sustainability ideas and actions at OSU. We oversee the management, implementation, and development of a comprehensive sustainability program with the mission to minimize OSU's environmental footprint, support new initiatives for sustainable development, encourage and promote integration and collaboration with OSU's academic, research, and education programs, and realize meaningful operational cost savings through efficiency programs.

OSU's Commitment to the Sustainable Development GoalsThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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around the world and #8 in the US for its contribution to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
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and #4 in the US for Clean Water and Sanitation, which measures how universities ensure access to water and sanitation for all through research and action. 
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in Sustainable Cities and Communities. This assessment focuses on how universities strive to preserve and promote art, culture, and environment in their communities.
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and #2 in the US for Zero Hunger, which measures how universities contribute to end hunger, achieve food security, and promote sustainable agriculture. 

AASHE STARS Silver RatingRanked in the 2022 Edition of the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges#18 in the nation among higher education institutions in the EPA's Green Power Partnership#8 in the US for its contribution to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

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75% of all academic departments offer courses that include sustainability in 2021.


On average, 72% of OSU's electricity is generated by wind power!


Check out their sustainability plan!


OSU composted 103.06 tons of landscape and yard waste in 2021!

Food & Dining

Biodegradable cups and straws are used at several locations on campus!


OSU recycled 370.65 tons of recyclable materials in 2021!


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