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, Executive Director, the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State.

PPCS Charter

Membership

Chair, Executive Director, Sustainability Institute
President, Inter-Professional Council
President, Council of Graduate Students
President, Undergraduate Student Government
Chair, University Senate Faculty Council
Chair, University Senate Faculty Council on the Physical Environment
Regional Campus faculty member
At Large Faculty member
At Large Faculty member
At Large Faculty member
Assoc. Vice President, Facilities Operations and Development
Senior Administrative Director, Operations Facilities Support
Senior Vice President, Administration and Planning
Vice President, Athletics
Senior Vice President, Business and Finance
Senior Vice President, University Communications
Executive Vice President, Health Sciences
Vice President, Research
Vice President, Student Life
Vice President, Outreach and Engagement

Development

In 2015, President Drake affirmed Ohio State as a signatory institution on 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 involves campus leaders in collaborative sustainability integration. The PPCS actively oversees 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 a wide variety of campus sustainability programs and projects, ranging from the creation of Ohio State Sustainability Goals in 2015 to the establishment in 2017 of a private-public partnership to manage university energy systems, including the implementation of energy conservation measures in campus buildings. All proposals for funding from the Ohio State Sustainability Fund (OSSF) are submitted to the PPCS for input prior to final decisions. Past projects include construction of a CNG fueling station to serve the CABS fleet of CNG vehicles; replacement of ineffective recycling panel signage with new more informative and uniform signage; and installation of a grind-2-energy system for food scraps. A project to assess the feasibility of using groundwater as a feed source for Mirror Lake has led to the installation of infrastructure to permanently eliminate the use of drinking water to fill the lake. PPCS members look forward to discovering new opportunities for Ohio State’s advancement in sustainability.

Ohio State Sustainability Fund - FY 2018 Annual Report

Ohio State Sustainability Fund - FY 2017 Annual Report

Ohio State Sustainability Fund - FY 2016 Annual Report

Ohio State Sustainability Fund - FY 2015 Annual Report

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 apply for funding from the Ohio State Sustainability Fund, complete the Sustainability Fund Application below and send it to energy.environment@osu.edu. Sustainability Fund Reporting Requirements and Sustainability Fund Criteria are below also. For questions concerning the sustainability fund or the PPCS, please contact energy.environment@osu.edu.

Ohio State Sustainability Project Funding Application (PDF)
Ohio State Sustainability Fund Project Reporting Requirements (PDF)
Ohio State Sustainability Fund Criteria (PDF)

University Sustainability Goals Project

During 2015, following a request from the Provost 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. For more details, click here.