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Sustainable Ohio University Leaders



SOUL is a liaison group aimed at assisting the Office of Sustainability, Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee, and the university further implementation of the Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.


For meeting details and other ways to get involved, click here.



Who is invited to participate?

Any student, faculty, or staff member interested in making a positive impact in sustainability at Ohio University is welcome to become a member. 



SOUL is divided into four different sub-groups that each meet once per month to discuss progress on benchmarks and plan future action steps. Meetings are held on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00PM in Baker 236, and are designed as open forums for any interested university member to attend. Click on the links below to learn more information about the activities of each sub-group and view past meeting minutes. 

Built Environments

1st Wednesday of the month

Addresses issues of land/resource management, parking, transportation, dining, and procurement

Outreach and Education 

2nd Wednesday of the month 

Addresses issues of sustainability literacy, curriculum, degree programs, research, and fundraising

Waste Reduction 

3rd Wednesday of the month 
Addresses issues of recycling, composting, dining education, and material reduction

Energy Efficiency

4th Wednesday of the month

Addresses issues of greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy, building efficiency, and environmental purchasing


Benefits of Participation:

  • Improve skills in leadership, communication, networking, and policy development
  • Potential for regional and national marketing of efforts
  • Gain professional development experience in sustainability and how it applies to a variety of disciplines
  • Contribute to leading efforts in furthering sustainability at Ohio University


History of SOUL

During the drafting of Ohio University's Climate Action Plan, SOUL emerged as an idea conceived by the Behavior Change and Implementation Management Sub-Council for bringing together diverse individuals across campus to implement sustainability goals. They visualized SOUL to be a liaison group creating a link between the Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee, the Office of Sustainability, and the campus community that would enable sustainability leadership among students, faculty, and staff. Following President McDavis' formal approval of the plan in November of 2012, Office of Sustainability staff began organizing the structure and plan for this new group. 

In January of 2013, the first meeting for SOUL was held. Since then, the group has evolved to include four different sub-groups that address the 35 different benchmarks of the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, and has generated a strong membership of sustainability leaders. SOUL meetings are now held weekly on Wednesday afternoons, and participation is continually growing in size and strength.  


Ohio University Sustainability Plan

Ohio University Climate Action Plan

Fiscal Year 2012 Sustainability Plan Report

American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment