President and Provost's Council on Sustainability


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, Director, the Office of Energy and Environment.

PPCS Charter


Chair: Director, Office of Energy and Environment
Vice Provost, Office of Academic Affairs
Senior Vice President, Office of Administration and Planning
Vice President, Director of Athletics, Department of Athletics
Senior Vice President and CFO, Office of Business & Finance
, Council of Graduate Students
, Energy Services and Sustainability
Associate Vice President
, Facilities Operations & Development
Chair, Faculty Council
President, Inter-Professional Council
Vice President, Office of Research
Vice President, Office of Student Life
President, Undergraduate Student Government
Vice President, University Communications
Associate Vice President, Medical Center Facilities, Wexner Medical Center
Faculty Representatives
Regional Campus Faculty Representative, Regional Campuses
Associate Vice Provost, Outreach and Engagement


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 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.


The PPCS provides input and strategic counsel on campus sustainability projects. In 2014–2015, these projects included the implementation of energy conservation measures in multiple campus buildings, replacement of ineffective recycling panel signage with new more informative and uniform signage, and installation of a grind-2-energy system for food scraps produced at the Jerome Schottenstein Center. A project completed in 2014 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. The lake will now be filled using ground water. PPCS members look forward to discovering new opportunities for Ohio State’s advancement in sustainability.


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, complete the Sustainability Fund Application and send it to Sustainability Fund Reporting Requirements and Sustainability Fund Criteria are below. For questions concerning the sustainability fund or the PPCS, please contact

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 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. For more details, click here .