Director of Sustainability
Annie Laurie has served as the Director of Sustainability at Ohio University since July 2011. While the diversity of the position is quite exciting, her work with students, faculty, and staff on the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) ad-hoc committee emerges as a highlight of her time with the University to-date. She has previous work experience as the Sustainability Specialist at Waubonsee Community College, an Educator with Alliance for Climate Education, and the Student Activities Coordinator at Green Mountain College. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and a MS in College Student Personnel Administration with curriculum emphasis in Sustainability. Annie Laurie, her husband Peter, and their dog Taja all enjoy spending time running on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway and relaxing on their back deck with friends.
Elaine started as the Sustainability Specialist in June 2014. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., University of Michigan), Chemistry (B.S., University of Michigan), Bioengineering (M.S., Cornell University), and has almost completed her PhD in Civil Engineering (Ohio University). Some of her past positions include: process engineer in pharmaceutical manufacturing, floodplain management aide to the Athens City Council, and wastewater treatment research assistant. The title of her dissertation is “Sustainable Treatments of Acid Mine Drainage.” Elaine has lived in Athens since 1999 with her husband and 4 boys. In her spare time, Elaine can usually be found on a soccer field somewhere in Southeastern Ohio, as all six members of her family play soccer. Besides soccer, Elaine enjoys spending time with family and friends, tennis, biking, reading, and vegetable gardening.
Sam’s position with the Office of Sustainability began in June 2014. Prior to joining the office, he taught in Ohio University’s Department of History as a part-time instructor. Sam holds a B.A. in English from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), an M.A. in International Affairs (Southeast Asian Studies) from Ohio University, and is almost finished with a Ph.D. in History (Southeast Asia) at OHIO. Sam grew up in Athens and returned in 1996 after living for many years in Osaka, Japan and Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Institute of International Education. Sam and his wife have three children, and the whole family enjoys playing soccer, hiking, biking, reading, and sustainably renovating their home.
Megan is a second year graduate student in the School of Rehabilitation and Communication Sciences working towards a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. Through her work at the Office of Sustainability as well as in her future career as a physical therapist, Megan aspires to promote personal sustainability through education and opportunities to improve wellness and develop healthy lifestyles. She is also working to further her knowledge and appreciation of local and global sustainability efforts. She enjoys running and hiking and hopes to motivate students to enjoy and develop an appreciation for the natural resources that surround Athens. Megan has played an integral part in the development of OHIO's sustainability reporting process during her time as a graduate assistant in the office.
Nabanita is a graduate student in the School of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Masters in Financial Economics. From India, Nabanita has completed her undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, India. Nabanita worked in a number of crucial roles for several years at a multinational banking organization before coming to Ohio University to pursue a Masters degree. With a sound scientific training and a valuable exposure and experience in the financial sector, Nabanita is well-equipped to lead in her role as a Sustainable Investment Graduate Assistant with the Office of Sustainability. In India, Nabanita trained and lobbied for environmental and social issues, so she is very excited and passionate about her work with the Office of Sustainability. Nabanita strongly believes that sustainable investing is a necessity, and sustainable practices must begin and be practiced at home and in everyday life. Nabanita has an active interest in Indian cuisines and yoga practices. An ardent propagator of healthy and happy living, she thrives on Indian and international music and dancing.
As a second year in the Voinovich School, Tess is pursuing a Masters in Environmental Studies with a focus in sustainability in higher education. Before attending Ohio University, Tess graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina with a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, which is where she found her passion for environmental issues. At Clemson, Tess’ work with a sustainable living-learning community gave her Student Affairs experience that made her perfect for her starting position in the Office as the Education and Outreach Coordinator. In that role, Tess was instrumental in the implementation of the outreach campaign called "Call to Sustain." This year, as the Graduate Assistant for Reporting, Tess is staff editor of the Office e-magazine Routes and assists the Sustainability Specialist with internal and external institutional greenhouse gas reports. Tess also represents the Office of Sustainability as a member of the Athens Environmental and Sustainability Commission, where she is working with community members to enact city-wide sustainability goals. When she is not in the office or working on her thesis, Tess enjoys biking, hammocking, nature photography, and traveling.
Education and Administration Coordinator
Lauren is a first year graduate student in the Patton College of Education pursuing a Masters in Recreation Studies. Lauren grew up in Cincinnati and received her B.A. in Studio Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She is hoping that her time as a student at OHIO will help with future plans of opening her own summer camp. At the Office of Sustainability, Lauren is currently working on programming for the new Sustainability Residential Learning Community offered to first year students. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, painting, spending time outdoors, and developing/printing film photography.
Katie is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Business Management and an Environmental Studies Certificate within the Honors Tutorial College. This is Katie's third year serving as a student leader in the Office of Sustainability.She offers management and implementation support as she works toward administering the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) group in accordance with the Climate Action Plan. In the past, Katie has served as the Professional Development Coordinator, Primary Liaison for the Transportation Sub-Committee of the OU Presidential Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning, and sophomore class representative for the College of Business Select Leaders Development Program. Her academic research is focused on the causal relationship between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance, and she aspires to have a career that integrates the fields of business and sustainability. Apart from work and classes, Katie enjoys practicing yoga, reading historical fiction, rock climbing with friends, playing intramural soccer, and studying classical piano.
Lead Undergraduate Staff and Project Assistant
Nick is an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Geography and GIS. He is currently appointed as a teaching and project assistant for the recently implemented SOUL course. He will help facilitate a dynamic sustainability class involving leadership, guest lectures, and SOUL project support. For the past two years at the office, Nick has focused on alternative transportation issues that relate to the Climate Action Plan. In the future, Nick plans to earn a graduate degree in the applied environmental field with a focus on climate change and sustainability. He hopes his education will allow him to travel and conduct research in different parts of the world. Nick enjoys road and mountain biking, supporting local establishments, attending concerts and festivals, and traveling throughout North America.
At the Office of Sustainability, Liz is responsible for serving as a support to her peers in their professional development efforts, helping them with their goals for the future as well as their skills and abilities in the present. She is a senior majoring in Psychology and is also earning an Environmental Studies Certificate. Her career goal is to study Clinical Health Psychology at the doctorate level and study the relationship between mental health and physical health, specifically nutrition and diet as they relate to overall well-being. Outside of school and work, she is a member of the student organization Eco Reps and aids in research in a human psychophysiology lab. Her interests include reading, yoga, blogging about health topics, and entertaining her kitten Pangur.
Special Events Coordinator
Leigh is a senior pursuing a degree in Community Health Service and Applied Nutrition. She is the Event Planning intern and oversees all the event planning that goes on within the office. She is active in coordinating events such as Earth Day and Campus Sustainability Day. Leigh has always had a strong interest in sustainability and hopes to continue work in sustainability after graduation. She is also involved in various organizations on campus such as The Student Alumni Board and Ohio Transfer Ambassadors. When she is not balancing her time with work and academics, she enjoys playing with her dog, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Hallie is a junior studying Environmental Studies within the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College. As the Meeting Facilitation and Grants Lead for the SOUL Administrative team, her duties include attending all SOUL meetings and posting minutes, planning and facilitating meetings, and managing grant applications for the Office of Sustainability. Her sustainability interests include environmental justice, helping others to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, and conservation education. She aspires to become an environmental lawyer for a non-profit environmental protection firm and eventually a member of the United Nations Environment Program. At Ohio University, she is secretary of the Achievement, Leadership, and Service Scholars (ALSS), a writer for College Green Magazine, a student research scholar for the Kanawha Project on climate change, and a Templeton Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys sketching, hiking, belly dancing, and baking.
Cheyenne is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Geography and English. As the Educational Coordinator, Cheyenne helps to advance sustainability literacy on campus through several different mediums. Her job includes utilizing communications and marketing techniques via social media; leading tours at the Ridges, Ecohouse, and Compost Facility; and planning and attending education and outreach events for the Office of Sustainability. Cheyenne has a passion for wildlife and resource conservation, and she hopes to one day work in conservation. Cheyenne is a member of Wildlife Club and Sustainable Investing Advisory Committee (SIAC). In her free time, she enjoys pilates, thrifting, spending time outdoors, spicy foods, going to the zoo, and attending music festivals.
Nigel is in his final year of formal schooling to become a math teacher, though, "My education will be in no way complete once I finish school." He plans to live out of a backpack and travel the world in the cheapest way possible for many years while searching for a place to settle down that will afford him the freedom (from bureaucracy) necessary to teach as best he can. This is Nigel's second year of experience with small scale organic sustainable agriculture, and he continues to seek well-tested techniques and invent new ones.