Carbon Neutrality

Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050

In recognition of the global, and local, consequences of climate change, Ohio State pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitment.

Responding to the scientific community’s demonstration that carbon reductions need to accelerate before severe climatic conditions are locked in, Ohio State has launched an effort to address 55% of its 2019 carbon emissions by 2030. A new Climate Action Plan released in spring 2020 outlines plans to improve building energy efficiency, diversify sources of energy and address transportation-related emissions.

Additional accomplishments and initiatives

  • Geothermal well fields provide nearly all the heating and cooling needs for Columbus south campus high-rise residence halls.
  • The university’s efforts to reduce vehicle emissions include expanding access to electric vehicle charging stations across Ohio State campuses.
  • In 2020, Ohio State signed the Sports for Climate Action Framework.
  • Ohio State is a member of the University Climate Change Coalition (UC3), in which North American research institutions collaborate to leverage relationships and expertise to accelerate local climate solutions.

Carbon Emission Reduction (since 2015): 22.3%
Carbon Emission Footprint (2020): 477,614 metric tonnes

Take action

  • Take advantage of Ohio State employee incentives to live near campus to reduce commuting emissions and to use reduced-cost public transportation options.
  • Learn ways to reduce your personal carbon footprint and practice energy conservation by turning off lights when leaving rooms and computers and monitors when not in use.
  • Consider holding virtual meetings rather than meeting in person.
  • Walk or bike to meetings rather than taking a personal or university vehicle.
  • Refrain from charging phones, tablets and watches overnight.