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:
- AASHE's 2017 Campus Sustainability Index rating UC as the #1 performer in the Water category
- AASHE's 2017 Campus Sustainability Index highlighted UC for it's work with research at the Miami Groundwater Observatory
- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Gold rating, 2017
- 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 Partner 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. In 2018, the Office grew by hiring a full time Assistant Sustainability Coordinator.
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, a full-time Assistant Sustainability Coordinator and a team of student workers that are known as Sustainability Advocates. The Office of Sustainability facilities a diversity of programs including the UC Bike Kitchen, Bike Share, UC Garden, Athletics and Special Event Recycling, Re*Use Market, Annual Bike Show and Operation Move-In Recycle, as well as hosts and facilitates co-curricular educational opportunites such as the sustainability film, lecture, tour and workshop series, and also organizes more proactive events such as city-wide clean ups and community bike rides. Through providing a diversity of programs that seek to educate, engage, and empower, the Office strives to enhance and create a culture of sustainability at the University.
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator
- Riley Krutza*
- Kyle Wilson
- Chandler Parker
- Mitch Powers*
- McKenzie Hill
- Sudarshan Pandey
- Madison Rossi
- Arun Somasundaram
- Holden Mathis*
* UC Bike Mechanic