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Earth Day 2015


Announcing Earth Day 2015's Sustainability Recognition Program!

Office of Sustainability will host its sustainability recognition awards program on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 (Earth Day) at Ridges Auditorium, 5pm-7pm.­ This event is free and open to the public.  The event's co-sponsor, ReUse Industries, will feature their recycled art competition exhibit and awards..­ More information regarding this exciting collaboration will be announced shortly.


This Sustainability Recognition Program has been developed in an effort to appropriately recognize Ohio University community members for their contributions to a diverse set of sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO’s campuses during the current fiscal year.­ The individuals and groups nominated and recognized are integral in the advancement of the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.­ It is recommended that all nominees are familiar with these plans as they are the basis of evaluation for award winners.­ These awards are open to all OHIO faculty, staff or students on any of Ohio University’s campuses.  The Innovation Recognition is also open to community groups.  



Award Categories

Faculty Sustainability Research & Advocacy Award: This recognition is awarded to a faculty member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her field through sustainability-related research.­ This faculty member has either participated in their own sustainability research or served as an advocate for increased sustainability research and activities at Ohio University.

Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award:  This award is intended to recognize one student (or student group) who has excelled in sustainable actions and leadership at Ohio University during their time as a student. This can include class projects, club events, personal behaviors/actions, volunteerism and the like.­­ This award is open to both undergraduate students and graduate students.

Staff Sustainability Advocate Award: This award is given to a staff member who has served as an advocate for advancing sustainability initiatives at Ohio University or served in a support role to assist student, faculty or staff led initiatives.

Exemplary Sustainable Department Award: This award is given to an office or department at Ohio University that has shown great leadership in a variety of sustainable behaviors including, but not limited to, advancing the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, encouraging health and wellness among its employees, investing in local goods and services, reducing its landfilled waste generation, participating in energy reduction efforts, and engaging in shared office resources.

Residential Housing Sustainability Award: Residential Housing floors (or mods) are invited to participate in the FY14 Housing Sustainability Award. ­Each floor is asked to attend or host at least three sustainability-related programs, events or conversations­throughout the academic year.­ These programs do not need to be directly­sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.­ The nominator must merely be able to explain how the floor has committed to sustainability­on multiple occasions. ­


OoS Leadership Award (Peer Review):­ Office of Sustainability interns and employees are integral in the advancement of sustainability efforts at Ohio University.­ This award is given to the student working in the Office of Sustainability­who has gone above and beyond office expectations by serving as a support system, engaging in activities outside of their job description, offering creative and helpful suggestions and sharing their passion for sustainability with others.­ This award is voted on by peers within the office, though any OHIO student, faculty or staff may nominate an OoS employee.­ For a list of our current student employees, please navigate to the Staff page.


Innovation Recognition:  Any student, faculty, staff or community member (or group) is invited to be nominated for recognition of innovative support, ideas or programs that help support community-wide sustainability efforts.  This category is new in 2015.  

Nomination/Eligibility Criteria
  • All nominees must be current Ohio University faculty, staff or students (exception: Innovation Recognition).­
  • You may nominate yourself or someone else.
  • You may nominate more than one person for the same award (please fill out a separate form for each nomination).
  • You may nominate the same person for multiple awards, as long as they are eligible.
  • While you will be asked to provide your name and email when you nominate someone, you may choose to keep your nomination anonymous if you wish.


Application Process

The online applications are now available.­ Simply click on the award category headings above to be directed to award-specific application forms.  Only online submissions will be accepted.

The application will require the following:

  1. Name of person (or group/department) being nominated (and an OHIO email address)
  2. Name/Email of the person nominating (optional)
  3. Award Name
  4. Essay: In 500 words or less, why you believe this individual should be recognized for their sustainability efforts? Please be as specific as possible.



Selection Process

A selection committee shall be convened in March of each year to review the applications for the Faculty Research Award, The Staff Sustainability Advocate Award, the Student Sustainability Leader Award and the Exemplary Sustainable Office/Department.­ Applications will be judged on a comprehensive scale outlining various facets of sustainability and leadership.­ In the case that a member of the Selection Committee is nominated for an award, that member will not evaluate their own application.­ All committee evaluations will be compiled and the applicant with the highest score will win.

The OoS Leadership Award will be voted on by all Office of Sustainability student and staff employees, interns or volunteers in March of each year.­ The individual with the most votes will win.


Reception Details

The doors to Ridges Auditorium will open at 5pm on April 22 (Earth Day).­ At that time, guests can mingle, review informational displays and enjoy light appetizers. 
Sustainability-related student organizations and departments will be invited to table at the event with informational displays.­ If your organization would like to reserve a space, please email­ Space will be limited to the first ten requests.
A keynote address will begin at 5:15pm, followed immediately by the awards ceremony.
At approximately 6pm, ReUse Industries will begin their awards ceremony.
The remainder of the time will be occupied by an informal open house with educational displays, appetizers and beverages.


If an award winner is not present to collect their award, he/she may pick up their award in the Office of Sustainability after the event.


All of the above details are subject to change.