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OHIO celebrates Earth Day

With sustainability recognition awards

The Ohio University Office of Sustainability will host the inaugural sustainability recognition awards program on April 22, Earth Day, in Walter Hall Rotunda from 4 to 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is being done in conjunction with ReUse Industries.

This family-friendly event will include educational displays from local and on-campus environmental organizations as well as live music performed by the Tempo Tantrums, an Ohio University a cappella organization. Free food and drinks will be provided throughout the event.

Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from Jennifer L’Heuruex, a local business owner and potter who will introduce the keynote speaker, Leslie Schaller, who is the director of programming at ACEnet. Schaller will speak about the history of the sustainability movement in the region and inspire others to celebrate Earth Day and all that is accomplished as a community.  

The Office of Sustainability’s Award Ceremony will begin immediately following the keynote speaker. This recognition program was developed in an effort to recognize Ohio University community members for their contributions to a diverse set of sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO’s campuses during the fiscal year.­

“This year’s reception is focused around an awards ceremony and celebration because we realized last year that so many people are already doing great, sustainable programs all year round,” explained Annie Laurie Cadmus, director of sustainability at Ohio University. 

ReUse Industries will have recycled art on display and will announce their award winners at 6 p.m. Award winners will be recognized and awarded a certificate of achievement and a piece of pottery made by Jennifer L’Heureux.  

Parking is available at metered lots on campus. After 5 p.m, many lots are free to the public. Visit www.facilities.ohiou.edu/parking/ for more parking information.

For more information about the event, visit www.ohio.edu/sustainability/programs/earth-month.cfm.