Sustainability at the University of Cincinnati
The University of Cincinnati recognizes its role as a leader in sustainable practice, research, and education. UC seeks to consider the environmental, social, and economic impacts of its decisions and commits to incorporating the concept of sustainability into its academic and research programs; the design, operation, and maintenance of its buildings and landscapes; and its organizational structure and management.
UC has dramatically tempered its reliance on coal combustion for energy. Statistics from UC's Utilities Services show current coal usage is around 90 percent less than what it was in fiscal year 2011. For the past year, Utilities Services has been testing alternative solid fuels, including renewable paper pellets, for use in the coal boiler to eliminate that last 10 percent.
The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the USGBC, has released the fifth annual edition of its free Guide to Green Colleges. The guide recognizes the nation's 332 most environmentally responsible colleges, but does not provide rankings. UC has been included in the guide each year it has been published. UC received an overall green score of 91.
UC has officially achieved a rating of Silver in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS)! Read the whole report at the link and see how we compare to other schools.