Forms, Policies, Publications

Sustainability report on the annual campus recycling data per year.

Sustainability report on Denison's annual campus waste and recycling amount by year.

Scope 1 and Scope 2 Emissions (Coal, Natural Gas, and Purchased Electricity).

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

Sustainability report on Denison's CO2 emissions from 2004-2012.

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.

Sustainability inventory of Denison's greenhouse gas emissions.

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 Sustainable Food Orientation offers an opportunity to work on projects such as harvesting, preserving (canning, drying, freezing), repairing and building trails, and managing farm animals, and forming bonds and friendships. It allows for up to 18 members of the incoming class and 3 to 5 faculty/staff leaders to practice sustainable farming by living and working on the The Flying J Farm, a sustainable farm located 20 minutes from Denison.

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.

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.

Denison University strives to become an exemplary steward of our natural world and a leader in environmental, economic and social sustainability. We believe that this tripartate approach to sustainable practices will support the well being of the entire college. To further this goal, Denison will incorporate sustainable practices into its daily operations, as well as educate all members of the Denison community on the interdependence of human welfare and the state of the planet.

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.

Third-party product certification labels to look for when making purchases of environmentally responsible products and materials.

Sustainability report on Denison's utility usage

Utility data for Denison University.

Sustainability report on ways to fend off vampire energy used by both computers and other electronics.