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New sustainability leadership program is recruiting faculty, staff and students

In response to recommendations outlined in the recently adopted Ohio University Climate Action Plan, a new group is being organized on campus. Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) is dedicated to furthering the implementation efforts of the University's Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.

Participants will help strategize to achieve key benchmarks of the plans, engage in professional development activities and serve as sustainability liaisons to the rest of the university.

The group is open to any student, faculty, or staff member, according to Director of Sustainability Annie Laurie Cadmus.

"Individuals can identify their personal interests and the Office of Sustainability will assist them in finding the appropriate level of involvement," explained Cadmus.

"Sustainability is something that is dependent on campus-wide support, so it only makes sense that we create an implementation group that encourages involvement from all areas of our institution," explained SOUL Student Coordinator Katie Lasco. "SOUL offers opportunities to increase skills in leadership, communication, networking, and policy development, and its unique structure will allow us to simultaneously contribute to leading efforts in furthering sustainability at Ohio University."

SOULmates will be given the tools, resources and support necessary to identify key programs and assist in their implementation, assessment and improvement.

There will be a special student information session on Monday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. in Baker University Center 231.The next regular meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. in Bingham House (second floor).

For additional information, go to www.ohio.edu/sustainability or email sustainability@ohio.edu.