Sustainability Committee

Charge and Membership

The committee reviews, analyzes, prioritizes, and recommends actions that will sustain the academic mission of Ohio University. The Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs chair the Committee jointly.

The Committee may review, analyze, prioritize, and make recommendations on:

  • The Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plans and revisions processes;
  • The organization and operation of Ohio University Sustainability sub-committees and Sustainability Hubs;
  • Annual Sustainability reporting, both internal and external;
  • New or revised policies and practices concerning the sustainability themes of climate, water, energy, solid waste, food, grounds, buildings, transportation, procurement, investments, student life, and human resources;
  • Evaluation of decisions, policies, and practices through the sustainability triple bottom line framework of simultaneous benefits to the economy, the environment and society;
  • Evaluation of sustainability grant and award proposals.
  • Other items as needed.

The Sustainability Committee makes its recommendations to the President and the Board of Trustees.


5 Faculty – Faculty members will be as follows:
• 3 – Sustainability Hub Coordinators (may note vote on their own appointments or awards)
• 1 – At-Large, identified via Faculty Senate
• 1 – At-Large, identified via the committee’s administrative chair
1 Graduate Student and 2 Undergraduate Students
8 Ex-officio – the following ex-officio members have voting rights:
• Executive Vice President and Provost
• Vice President for Finance and Administration
• Vice President for Student Affairs
• Director of Sustainability
• Associate Director of Sustainability
• Representative of a Regional Campus
• 2 – Deans or designees
2 Community Members – Community members are non-voting.

Committee Roster


Greg Leblanc

Community Members

Mat Roberts
SOPEC Director of Marketing

Maribeth Saleem-Tanner
Executive Director, Community Food Initiatives


Kelly Broughton

Sam Crowl
Associate Director of Sustainability

Brian McCarthy
Arts & Sciences

Lyn Redington, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Interim Vice President of Advancement

Adam Riehl
Director, Facilities Management

Elizabeth Sayrs
Executive Vice President and Provost


Kyle Butler
Associate Professor
Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE)

Sarah Davis

Ryan Fogt
Sustainable Administration Hub Coordinator
Professor, Geography, and Scalia Lab Director

Daniel Karney

Cody Petitt
Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Students

Brooke Ripley

Undergraduate Students

Caden Hibbs

Ava Wood
Environmental Affairs Senator

All University committees follow the academic-year calendar.

All students serve one-year terms. Faculty, administrators, and staff generally serve three-year terms. Ex-Officio appointments have voting privileges unless otherwise noted.