3/27/2013 12:49:49 PM

Wednesday Shout-Outs {OSU's Paw of Approval}

It's time for our (mostly) weekly shout-outs.

Each Wednesday we are featuring several people who are working hard to fight climate change and save polar bears.

This week we are giving just one (really big) shout-out to Ohio State University. They were given the Paw of Approval Award by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, one of our Arctic Ambassador Centers.

The Paw of Approval Award recognizes a company or organization that works to reduce its impact on the environment, especially in the areas of greenhouse gas and carbon reducing strategies.

Hardy Kern is one of PBI's Climate Alliance grads and is now attending OSU. He's a member of the Columbus Zoo's Arctic Action Team and is involved with sustainability efforts on the OSU campus.

Kern said, "I wanted to give the award to the university for its outstanding commitments to sustainability and sustainable practices. It has several departments committed to the environment and making sure that the university is a leader in sustainability. By 2050, the University aims to go completely carbon neutral, a goal which it is well on its way to. Below are some basic facts and figures about the university and what it is currently doing.

"Additionally, in a community of nearly 50,000 they do a fantastic job of fostering a spirit of togetherness and a real awareness of the rest of the world. It's a great place to go to school."

Ohio State Sustainability Accomplishments - The Numbers

Wind Energy Purchase

I. 20 Year Contract with Iberdrola Renewables LLC

II. 26% of all Columbus campus power will be supplied by Blue Creek Wind Farm

III. Approximately 50 Megawatts/Year

IV. Offsets 130,000 Tons of Carbon/Year

Geothermal Wells

I. 411 Wells drilled on south campus

II. ~31% of the south campus residential heating and cooling will come from this. (Offsets ~6880 Tons of Carbon/Year)

III. ~50% of heating/cooling for William Hall complex. (Offsets 837 Tons of Carbon/Year)

Ohio Union

I. Constructed using 25% recycled materials

II. 20% of construction materials were regionally made and shipped I

III. 50% of glass used was recycled

LEED Certification Requirements

I. As of this year, any university building costing at least $4 million will have to be LEED certified to some level - preferably Silver

Paper Recycling

I. University requires all copy paper on campus to be at least 30% recycled

II. Saves 8,000 trees and 3,000,000 gallons of water

Byrd Polar Research Center

I. Significant Contributions to the study of climate change as evidenced by ice cores and climatic activity in the North and South Poles   


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