President and Provost's Council on Sustainability

About

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. The committee is chaired by Kate Bartter, Interim Director for the Office of Energy and Environment.

Membership

Chair:  Director, Office of Energy and Environment
Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
Senior Vice President, Office of Administration and Planning
Executive Associate Athletics Director for Finance and Operations, Athletics
Vice President and CFO, Office of Business & Finance 
President
, Council of Graduate Students 
Director
, Energy Services and Sustainability 
Associate Vice President
, Facilities Operations & Development
Chair, Faculty Council
President, Inter-Professional Council
Administration Director and Special Assistant to the President, Office of the President
Vice President, Office of Research
Vice President, Office of Student Life
Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization & Knowledge Transfer
President, Undergraduate Student Government
Senior Vice President, University Communications
Vice President of OSU Medical Center Expansion and Outreach, Wexner Medical Center

Development

In 2008, former Ohio State President Gordon Gee signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, underscoring Ohio State's commitment to achieving greenhouse gas neutrality. Recognizing that the university must chart a more sustainable course without diminishing research progress, educational opportunities, or personal safety, the President and Provost's Council on Sustainability was formed to involve campus leaders in collaborative sustainability integration. 

The PPCS has since actively overseen the development of plans to achieve sustainability goals including climate neutrality by 2050 and augment sustainability initiatives across the university. Critically important is the creation of a campus culture that embraces sustainability, communicates its benefits, and rewards innovation. We are confident that the Ohio State community—our most powerful and renewable resource—can meet this grand challenge of the 21st century in ways that benefit both our campus and the world.

Activity

The PPCS provides input and strategic counsel on campus sustainability projects.  In 2012-2013, these projects included a 50 kW wind energy purchase from an Ohio wind farm, removal of the 5th Avenue dam and the start of the Olentangy River Restoration project, and a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) ranking of silver for the University. PPCS members look forward to continued development of an Integrated Energy and Environment Implementation Strategy and discovering new opportunities for Ohio State’s advancement in sustainability.

Involvement

The PPCS is dedicated to interacting with and aiding the broadest possible audience in the University Community in pursuit of advancing current programs, fomenting campus cultural change, and directing sustainable campus policy development. To bring requests for involvement, support, policy change, funding or presentations to the PPCS, please contact energy.environment@osu.edu.