Director of Sustainability
Annie Laurie has served as the Director of Sustainability at Ohio University since July 2011. While the diversity of the position is quite exciting, her work with students, faculty, and staff through the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) and the newly created Sustainability Living Floor emerge as highlights of her time with the University to-date. She has previous work experience as the Sustainability Specialist at Waubonsee Community College, an Educator with Alliance for Climate Education, and the Student Activities Coordinator at Green Mountain College. She received her bachelors degree in Communication Studies and a masters in College Student Personnel Administration with curriculum emphasis in Sustainability. Annie Laurie, her husband Peter, and their dog Taja all enjoy spending time running on the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway.
Elaine started as the Sustainability Specialist in June 2014. She has degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S., University of Michigan), Chemistry (B.S., University of Michigan), Bioengineering (M.S., Cornell University), and has almost completed her PhD in Civil Engineering (Ohio University). Some of her past positions include: process engineer in pharmaceutical manufacturing, floodplain management aide to the Athens City Council, and wastewater treatment research assistant. The title of her dissertation is “Sustainable Treatments of Acid Mine Drainage.” Elaine has lived in Athens since 1999 with her husband and 4 boys. In her spare time, Elaine can usually be found on a soccer field somewhere in Southeastern Ohio, as all six members of her family play soccer. Besides soccer, Elaine enjoys spending time with family and friends, tennis, biking, reading, and vegetable gardening.
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Sam’s position with the Office of Sustainability began in June 2014. Prior to joining the office, he taught in Ohio University’s Department of History as a part-time instructor. Sam holds a B.A. in English from Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), an M.A. in International Affairs (Southeast Asian Studies) from Ohio University, and is almost finished with a Ph.D. in History (Southeast Asia) at OHIO. Sam grew up in Athens and returned in 1996 after living for many years in Osaka, Japan and Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Institute of International Education. Sam and his wife have three children, and the whole family enjoys playing soccer, hiking, biking, reading, and sustainably renovating their home.
Special Projects Coordinator
Kristeena Blaser is a first year masters student studying Environmental Studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She plans to get certificates in Enviornmental Sustainability, International Studies--War and Peace and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. This year, she is coordinating two major projects involving the universities switch to a single stream recycling system and measuring the tree canopy cover around campus in a hope to understand the amount of carbon being sequestered by the trees. Kristeena recieved her undergradute degree from Ohio University in Political Science (B.A) with a minor in Plant Biology and a certificate in Environmental Studies. In her free time she enjoys traveling, this summer she plans to spend in Thailand, studying Sustainable Development. As well as, volunteering at several animal shelters, hiking, going to any music related event she can and eating good food.
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Elizabeth Rose is a masters student studying Recreation Studies in the Patton College of Education and she is the Education and Administration Coordinator Graduate Assistant with the Office of Sustainability. This year, she supports the sustainable residential learning community and initiates outreach programs to target the campus community. Elizabeth has degrees in Interpersonal and Public Communications (B.A University of Akron) and Business and Organizational Communications (B.A University of Akron) as well as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate (Kent State University). Prior to joining the Ohio University community, she was an English Teacher in Jinhua, China. She values global experience and cultural exchange as well as personal sustainability.
Lead Undergraduate Staff
Cheyenne is an undergraduate student studying Environmental Geography and English. As the Educational Coordinator, Cheyenne helps to advance sustainability literacy on campus through several different mediums. Her job includes utilizing communications and marketing techniques via social media; leading tours at the Ridges, Ecohouse, and Compost Facility; and planning and attending education and outreach events for the Office of Sustainability. Cheyenne has a passion for wildlife and resource conservation, and she hopes to one day work in conservation. Cheyenne is a member of Wildlife Club and Sustainable Investing Advisory Committee (SIAC). In her free time, she enjoys pilates, thrifting, spending time outdoors, spicy foods, going to the zoo, and attending music festivals.
Daniel is a senior studying Civil Engineering in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, who is also planning to continue towards a masters degree for Structural Engineering at Ohio University. As the Reporting Coordinator, he will organize, assess, and make recommendations for improvement upon existing data collection procedures. He will also create an assessment of opportunities for regional and main campus advancement on issues relating to sustainability. Daniel hopes to continue his passion for sustainability by implementing his knowledge for the subject toward future construction and rehabilitation of buildings. In his free time, he enjoys playing and watching all types of sports, traveling to new places to experience the culture and try new foods, and relaxing on the La-Z-Boy recliner researching and learning about all types of subject matter.
Sustainability Implementation Coordinator
Olivia is a sophomore at Ohio University studying journalism and global studies with a focus on environmental studies and political science. As the Sustainability Implementation Coordinator, she manages the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders group (SOUL) in its work to support sustainable efforts on campus and implementation of the Climate Action Plan. In the future, Olivia hopes to cover environmental policy for an online publication, and her dream job is to work for National Geographic. She is the managing editor for College Green Magazine, the state editor for The New Political, and the communications representative for Undergraduate Student Senate. In her free time, Olivia likes to workout, watch animal videos, drink good coffee and have good conversations.
Sustainability Grants Manager
Hallie is a junior studying Environmental Studies within the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, who is also pursuing a certificate in War and Peace Studies.As the Grants Manager for the office of Sustainability, she researches and writes grants for projects within and connected to sustainability at Ohio University. She also is a regular attendee of SOUL and helps manage the website. Her sustainability interests include environmental justice, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and conservation education. She aspires to become an environmental lawyer for a non-profit environmental protection firm and eventually a member of the United Nations Environment Program. She is a member of STAND Against Genocide, Students for Law, Justice and Culture, and a Templeton Scholar. In her free time, she enjoys sketching, hiking, and baking.