Forms, Policies, Publications

Energy and occupant use standards are a part of Denison’s overall energy policy to insure that excellent conditions exist in our academic, residential, and administrative buildings that will enhance the living and learning environment while minimizing energy use.

The goal of an idling policy at Denison University is to eliminate all unnecessary idling time by vehicles on campus to minimize harmful emissions. Implementing an idling reduction policy on campus is in line with Denison’s goal of reducing green house gas emissions.

Denison University is committed to the use and purchase of environmentally and socially responsible materials and products. People authorized to make purchases on behalf of the college are expected to support our commitment to environmental responsibility through the guidelines and procedures contained in this Sustainable Purchasing Policy.

The R.J. Dannemiller Sustainability Award was created in 2013 by former Granville, resident, R.J. Dannemiller. R.J. has a keen interest in the social and environmental aspects of sustainability and wants to recognize those each year by awarding a graduating senior, whose curricular and co-curricular work at Denison has embodied sustainability at its core. Along with recognition and a certificate, the student will receive $500.

Nominations are due March 31 - Award selection will occur in late April.

Denison is committed to reducing its impact on the environment. To that end, Denison operates an extensive campus recycling program to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and to utilize resources in a more responsible manner.  We recognize, however, that recycling is only one part of the issue. To move toward a more sustainable campus, Denison also must strive to reduce its consumption and waste in all aspects of campus operations.

The Sustainability Tracking and Rating System (STARS) is a tool developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to help colleges and universities assess sustainability on their respective campuses. Denison conducted its first STARS assessment in 2012 and earned a Silver rating. In 2016 the college completed its second assessment, earning a Gold rating.

Sustainability is a broad and all-encompassing topic that permeates every aspect of what we do at Denison. We believe that sustainability is one of the biggest challenges for us and for future generations. We believe we must find a way globally to create sustainable ways of living. We also believe sustainability is fully consistent with the mission of Denison University, and the core values and principles of a liberal arts education.

The Denison Sustainability Fact Book and Annual Report is written with the intent of facilitating the dissemination of information and data compiled by both the Campus Sustainability Committee (CSC) and the Sustainability Coordinator. The report addresses the current state of sustainability at Denison, as well as the progress made during the 2015 – 2016 academic and fiscal years.  

Much of the data contained in this report correlates with both the Campus Sustainability Plan and the STARS tracking tool that Denison and many other colleges use to assess campus sustainability. In most cases, a baseline year of 2005 is used to as the starting point for assessment and data is tracked annually.

While sustainability encompasses more than what is included in this report, the data herein, represents key metrics used by the college to assess its progress towards achieving the goals laid out in the Campus Sustainability Plan.

Each year the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Sustainability do a comprehensive analysis of the state of sustainability at the college.

This tour highlights some of Denison University's efforts to become a more sustainable campus.

Sustainability-focused courses at Denison University explore relationships between humans and the environment. Working from a variety of perspectives, these courses explore and analyze at least two types of systems (i.e. cultural, social, economic, political, and/or ecological) and their ability to meet the needs of future generations. These courses purposefully connect actions with outcomes in their relation to environmental issues.

Utility data for Denison University.