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|sustainability represents the diverse and interdisciplinary sustainability movements at the University of Cincinnati.
Recognizing its environmental stewardship role, the University of Cincinnati seeks to incorporate 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; while preserving safety and comfort.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability can be described as each of us doing our part to build the kind of world—economically, environmentally and socially—that we want to live in, and one that we want our children and grandchildren to inherit. It means becoming aware of all interconnections—visible and invisible—in which our day-to-day choices affect the intricate balance of social, economic and ecological systems.
“Humanity has the ability to make development sustainable—to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.” - Our Common Future, World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987
Awards and Recognition
UC's sustainability efforts have been recognized numerous times, including the following:
- Green Umbrella Transit Friendly Destination: Diamond Level, 2015
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education STARS Silver rating, 2014
- Queen City Bike, Bike Friendly Destination: Gold, 2013
- Duke Energy Power Partner of the Year, 2012
- Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions
- Business Courier Green Business Awards: Policy and Design, 2011; Advocacy, 2013; Building, 2014
- US EPA Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award, 2011
- US EPA Parnter of the Year Award, 1997
Office of Sustainability
UC's Office of Sustainability was created in 2010 and reports to the PACES Steering Committee (see above). UC hired a part-time Sustainability Coordinator in 2008, and the position became full-time in 2009.
The Office of Sustainability is within the Department of Planning + Design + Construction with links to Facilities Management and Central Utilities. The staff includes one full-time Sustainability Coordinator and a team of undergraduate student workers. The Office of Sustainability manages several programs including the Bearcat Bike Share, the Bike Kitchen, the UC Garden, Bearcat Recycling, Re*Use Market, and Operation Move-In Recycle, as well as various educational and outreach opportunities. These include the sustainability film series, workshop series, lecture series, Trees for Tomorrow, Arbor Day campus tree planting, Campus Conservation Nationals, environmental literacy certificate program, etc.
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
- Erin Lefever
- Riley Krutza*
- Kyle Wilson
- Alyssa Gardner
- Sandy Spira
- Chandler Parker
- Arun Somasundaram
- Grace Young
- Mitch Powers*
* UC Bike Mechanic