The Ohio State University wins APPA Sustainability Award

Facilities Operations and Development recognized as leader in sustainable practices

By: Jon Griffith

Published on July 25, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) has received the 2017 APPA Sustainability Award. FOD’s sustainability work includes recycling and zero waste initiatives, green building guidelines, energy conservation projects and more.

The APPA Sustainability Award honors educational institutions that have implemented programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, create a green and/or sustainable environment, or otherwise benefit the educational institution supporting student success and environmental stewardship.

“Receiving APPA’s Sustainability Award, following our 2016 APPA Award for Excellence, reaffirms that Ohio State is considered a leader in the facilities field,” said Mary Lynn Readey, Ohio State’s associate vice president of Facilities Operations and Development.

In 2015, Ohio State set lofty universitywide sustainability goals developed by faculty, staff and students. As part of this effort, FOD continues to work with the Office of Energy and Environment and other key partners to drive toward Ohio State’s resource stewardship goals.

The APPA Sustainability Award marks the second year in a row the national organization has recognized Ohio State. In 2016, FOD won the APPA Award for Excellence in Facilities Management. Additional sustainability-related honors received during the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Big Ten Champs in GameDay Recycling Challenge (5th straight year)
  • Tree Campus USA recognition from Arbor Day Foundation (6th straight year)
  • 8th place in total recycling category of RecycleMania (out of 320 schools)
  • The Big Ten Named Collective Conference Champion in EPA Green Power Challenge

APPA recognized recipient institutions July 21 during an awards banquet at the 2017 APPA Annual Conference. FOD has three main divisions that include Design and Construction, Environmental Health and Safety and Operations, along with a focus on Energy Services and Sustainability.


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