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UC Sustainability

UC Sustainability

Campus Initiatives

The University is dedicated to not only reducing its environmental impact, but also to creating sustainable, regenerative systems that give back to and improve the health of the landbase.  Under the tabs to the left, you can find more information about the many initiatives on campus to reduce our environmental impact.  For a comprehensive portrait of sustainability at UC, take a look at UC's 2019 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. Below you will also find information about the national sustainability in higher education organizations in which UC participates, as well as maps of some of UC's sustainability features:

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Introduction to the ACUPCC

On April 27, 2007, the University of Cincinnati signed the charter to join the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, know under the affiliation of Second Nature.

The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment is a high-visibility effort to address global warming by garnering institutional commitments to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions, and to accelerate the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The Commitment recognizes the unique responsibility that institutions of higher education have as role models for their communities and in training the people who will develop the social, economic and technological solutions to reverse global warming.

Presidents signing the Commitment are pledging to eliminate their campuses’ greenhouse gas emissions over time. This involves:

  • Completing an emissions inventory. 
  • Setting a target date and interim milestones for becoming climate neutral.
  • Taking immediate steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Integrating sustainability into the curriculum and making it part of the educational experience.
  • Making the action plan, inventory and progress reports publicly available.

As a signatory institution, UC is making strides in many areas to reduce its environmental impact and achieve climate neutrality.  For more information on these initatives, click on any of the tabs to the left.



Introduction to AASHE

UC is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  AASHE provides resources, professional development, and a network of support on campus sustainability topics to member institutions.  AASHE envisions a prosperous, equitable, and ecologically healthy world. In such a world, higher education plays a vital role in ensuring that people have an understanding of the interdependencies between environmental, social, and economic forces and the skills and abilities to meet sustainability challenges.  Anyone affiliated with UC may access AASHE member resources by signing up for an AASHE account with an email address.

AASHE also administers the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).  This is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.  STARS is the most thoroughly vetted and extensively tested campus sustainability framework for colleges and universities.  The University of Cincinnati completed its first STARS Report in March 2014 earning a Silver rating. In the Spring of 2017, the University of Cincinnati completed its second STARS Report and received a Gold Rating. In the spring of 2020 UC completed its third STARS report, and recieved another Gold rating. 


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