Ohio State University


Ohio State University
Sustainability in Action
Case Type
Program Stories
School Size
Greater than 40,000
Focus Areas
University Department Code
Sustainability Institute

Sustainability in Action

Website | https://si.osu.edu/sustainability-action-database
Newsletter | https://si.osu.edu/news
Twitter | @OhioStSustain
Facebook | @OhioStSustain
Instagram | @OhioStSustain

Ohio State fosters project-based learning opportunities and applied research to advance sustainability knowledge in practice, including on and around its diverse properties, with its external partners, or anywhere you can find a Buckeye. To help coordinate, promote and empower these efforts, the Sustainability Institute facilitates collaboration with academic units and university partners to track and increase the wide range of project-based sustainability learning and applied research activities that occur inside and outside of the classroom environment, including those that use our campus facilities as a living lab. Ohio State leverages their properties and buildings to serve as a learning lab for sustainability research, innovation and learning and to shape new solutions by providing a test bed for applying and scaling research. In collaboration with local municipalities to global industry leaders, Ohio State’s students, faculty, and staff address sustainability challenges at a variety of scales through project-based learning.

Sustainability in Action was created to track and increases the unique sustainability learning, education, and research opportunities occurring on our campus and beyond. It is built out of the Sustainability Institute (SI) and managed by faculty at SI. It hopes to add projects as they are reported so that there is a large database to see all the progress students/faculty have made on their sustainability work.

Fun Facts About the Sustainability in Action Program

The Sustainability in Action program contains a project database that documents project information including short bios, project members, and report links. Such clear documentation of past projects will make it easy to track progress.

Year Program Established | 2023
Country | US
Federal Region of Program | 5
Public or Private Institution | Public
Number of students at institution | 67,772

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City Partners

The Sustainability in Action Database contains information about partner organizations. A few of these partners include the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), Green Columbus, and Blue Print Columbus. These organizations collaborate with OSU mainly through a community project class called AEDE 4567: Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience.

Contact Info

Gina Jaquet
Director, Sustainability Education and Learning
(614) 292-3732

Kim McIlwaine
Executive Assistant
(614) 688-7418

Sustainability Institute at Ohio State
(614) 247-4762
3018 Smith Lab 174 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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