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:
- Bike Friendly Destination, Queen City Bike and the City of Cincinnati
- Bike Friendly University, Honorable Mention, League of Amercian Bicyclists
- Green Business Award, Transportation Policy and Green Design, Business Courier
- Guide to Green Colleges, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions, Princeton Review
- Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award, US EPA
- Parnter of the Year Award, 1997, US EPA
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. In 2013, the Office added an Assistant Sustainability Coordinator position.
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, one full-time Assistant 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, RecycleMania, environmental literacy certificate program, etc.
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
- Morgan Billingsley
- Xandra Coombs
- Rachel Friedman
- Ron Gillespie*
- Mary Gorsek
- Karl Holland*
- Chuck Marxen*
- Kayla McKinney
- Mary Clare Meyer
- Amanda Morgan
- Ian Surra*
* UC Bike Mechanic