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As a student in the Environmental Studies Program, Leah Graham helped to organize and promote Ohio University’s annual RecycleMania program as part of her work as a graduate assistant with the Office of Sustainability. Now, she leads that program and several others at the University of Mount Union and Kent State University, where she works as sustainability outreach coordinator and outreach recycling coordinator respectively. Read More

MSES student Alaina Morman writes for the Voinovich School Blog about her travels. "When I say I traveled around the world and back, I’m not exaggerating. The summer of 2014 will go down as one in which I learned the most about the world and about myself. It’s comical in a way how four months can put four-plus years of higher education to shame. Or rather, I should say, one might think they’ve grasped the workings of the world—until they travel abroad and realize there is so much more to learn by experiencing cultures in situ." Read More

After months of hard work, a research team from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs submitted a Primary Headwater Stream and Wetland Mitigation Conceptual Design report to the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this month. This report is a part of the School’s work related to the ongoing cleanup activities at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in Piketon, Ohio. Read More

An international report on climate change released earlier this year featured writers from all over the world, including a professor at Ohio University. Geoffrey Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies, is one of six lead authors of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dabelko worked on chapter twelve of a section entitled “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.” Read More

What is the connection between the environment and security? Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will answer that question Nov. 12 at the next Ohio University Café Conversations event. Read More

Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?” Since its founding in 1994, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program has been a public forum for debate over non-traditional security issues and the connections between global environmental, population, health, and security dynamics. On September 18, Burke joined New York Times columnist Andrew Revkin and a panel of current and former ECSP leaders to discuss how the field has evolved over the last 20 years and offer their thoughts for what lies ahead. Read More

Environmental education is key to raising environmental awareness and re-connecting people – especially children – to nature. This theory informed two outstanding leadership practicum projects conducted independently by Bruce Underwood and Joe Jennings, both students who graduated from the Voinovich School’s Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies program in 2014. Read More

Although they all work on one campus, it can sometimes seem as though each school at Ohio University is aware only of its individual research and goals. Over the last year, however, one project has joined six OHIO schools over a crucial resource: water. Read More

Two Voinovich School professors received more than $123,000 from the university’s 1804 Fund for projects designed to bring new environmental technologies to campus this year. Read More

Annalisa Weber is a graduate student in the Voinovich School’s Environmental Studies Program. She spent three months this past summer conducting research at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Read More