ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of Cincinnati

Submitted on November 5, 2007; last updated on August 12, 2013

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Cincinnati, OH
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 5
Current President or Chancellor's Name Santa J Ono
Current President or Chancellor's Title President
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Mary Beth McGrew
Implementation Liaison's Title Associate Vice President
Implementation Liaison's Department Planning + Design + Construction
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 21+
Stakeholder Groups Represented Community Leaders, Faculty, Students, Staff
Description The University of Cincinnati has a committee called PACES (President's Advisory Council on the Environment and Sustainability) and within this committee there are subcommittees. The largest and most active committee is SACUB, our student committee.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: The University of Cincinnati has a requirement for all new construction, and whenever possible renovations, to be LEED certified projects. This requirement demonstrates the University’s commitment to responsible design and construction. Three of the university's newly constructed buildings are LEED certified.

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

No: No information provided.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: Implemented in March of 2006, the Bearcat Transportation System (BTS) serves as a transit and safety service for the students, faculty and staff at the University of Cincinnati and BTS is catering to the UC Neighborhoods. Also beginning April 30, 2007, all 30,000 University of Cincinnati students, and all 10,000 UC faculty and staff can show their UC photo ID cards to ride free on any Metro bus anywhere in Cincinnati.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

No: No information provided.