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New recycling grant assists initiative to process organic waste on campus

Friday, September 6

Ohio University was awarded a recycling grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that will support a 12-month initiative to improve organic waste collection on campus.

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OU opens the door to more local food in dining halls

Thursday, September 5

Ohio University earlier this year announced that it’s now buying food both from the Chesterhill Produce Auction in Morgan County and from the university’s Student Farm on West State Street for its dining halls and markets.

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Fall 2019 Sustainable Administration Hub Seminar

Tuesday, September 3

Fall 2019 Sustainable Administration Hub Seminar

Dr. Ryan Fogt, the OHIO Sustainable Administration Hub Coordinator, will kick off the fall Sustainability Hub Seminar Series on Wednesday September 4th at 5pm in Baker Center’s Front Room.  This semester the Seminar Series will be held on September 4th, October 3rd and November 6th at 5pm in the Front Room.

Fogt, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of OHIO’s Scalia Lab, will present “Sustainability: A challenge of and solution to global climate change” and information will be provided on the OHIO Climate and Sustainability Ambassador Program.

The Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors, a group within the Sustainable Administration Hub, strives to provide a local effort to strengthen climate change literacy and action on sustainability.  Ambassadors are advocates for the Office of Sustainability and participate in outreach and education on aspects of sustainability, especially climate change, on campus and in the community.

The Program provides opportunities for students to collaborate with others passionate about sustainability and climate literacy, to partner with local schools to further climate change education, and to help OHIO reach goals in the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

Students interested in the CSAP can apply for the program here.

As one of three faculty coordinators working with OHIO’s new sustainability structure, Fogt’s Hub focuses on sustainability initiatives connected to the themes of Climate, Procurement, Human Resources and Investments.

To learn more about the Sustainability Hubs and the Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors program, attend the Sustainable Administration Hub Seminar on September 4th at 5pm in the Front Room.

Dr. Ryan Fogt, the OHIO Sustainable Administration Hub Coordinator, will kick off the fall Sustainability Hub Seminar Series on Wednesday September 4th at 5pm in Baker Center’s Front Room.  This semester the Seminar Series will be held on September 4th, October 3rd and November 6th at 5pm in the Front Room.

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OU takes new "greener" approach to fighting pests

Wednesday, August 21

Ohio University just got a little greener with a new approach to pest control. On July 1, just in time for back-to-school preparations, the university approved an Integrated Pest Management Plan (IPM) that focuses on minimizing risks to humans and the environment when treating the Athens campus for natural pests, such as invasive insects and weeds.

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Ohio EPA awards OHIO grant to expand zero waste efforts

Tuesday, August 6

Ohio University was recently awarded an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Recycling Grant of nearly $130,000 which, combined with internal matching funds, will allocate more than $160,000 toward a 12-month project to improve the collection and processing of organic waste on campus.

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Ohio University in People for Bikes City Ratings Top 25

Tuesday, May 28

As we take a look at our City Ratings top-25, there are clearly some lessons that we can learn from college towns about supporting infrastructure. 

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Theresa Moran and Art Trese: Experiential Learning on the OHIO Student Farm

Thursday, May 23

Experiential learning has become a priority at Ohio University since President Nellis named the creation of an engagement ecosystem one of his strategic pathways in 2017. Faculty have been connecting their students with community initiatives and needs by structuring their courses with more reflection on doing. 

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National Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 17

Athens County is celebrating National Bike to Work Day again this year with pit stop stations around the county.

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2019 Sustainability Award Winners

Thursday, May 9

As part of its annual Earth Day celebrations, Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability announced the 2019 Sustainability Award winners at a lunch of Indian cuisine prepared and served by Professor Thom Stevenson and his students in the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism Program within the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences.

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Earth Day Celebrations: The Post

Wednesday, April 17

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability and Voinovich Zero Waste Initiative will host their annual Earth Day celebrations, showcasing sustainability initiatives across campus and the surrounding Athens area.

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