Director of Sustainability
Annie Laurie has served as the Director of Sustainability at Ohio University since July 2011. During her time in this position, she has especially enjoyed developing partnerships with various community organizations and University departments. 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. Please contact Annie Laurie if you have questions related to Campus/Community Engagement, Academics (Curriculum), Food, Grounds or Policy initiatives.
Elaine has been the Sustainability Specialist for Ohio University since 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 Civil Engineering (PhD, Ohio University). She is a LEED GA and has an Engineering Intern certification. Some of her past positions include: process engineer in pharmaceutical manufacturing, floodplain management aide to the Athens City Council, and wastewater treatment research assistant. Elaine has lived in Athens since 1999. Her husband, Doug, is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering professor at Ohio University, and they have 4 sons, one of whom is an Ohio University student. In her spare time, Elaine can usually be found on a soccer field somewhere in Southeastern Ohio, both playing and cheering on Athens soccer teams. Besides soccer, Elaine enjoys spending time with family and friends, tennis, biking, reading, and vegetable gardening. Please contact Elaine if you have questions related to Climate, Energy, Money, Water, or Academics (Research) initiatives.
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. Please contact Sam if you have questions related to Buildings, Transportation, Zero Waste and Academics (Scholarship) initiatives.
Tree Care Coordinator
Kristeena Blaser is a second year student in the Master of Environmental Studies (MSES) program in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She is currently writing her thesis on sustainable textiles and fashion, while testing a sustainability metric she built to measure the sustainability of a fashion company, according to the triple bottome line of sustainability. This year, she is coordinating the university's efforts to become a Tree Campus USA, as well as plan the annual Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration in the Spring. 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 as much as possible. As well as, volunteering at several animal shelters, hiking, going to any music related event she can and eating good food.
Sustainable Living Coordinator
Vicky Kent is a first year graduate student from the UK studying Recreation Studies in the Patton College of Education. She plans to specialize in Outdoor Recreation & Education within her master’s program. As the Sustainable Living Coordinator, Vicky focuses on implementing events and workshops for the Sustainable Living Floor and OHIO Ecohouse. Additionally, Vicky supports the management of the Sustainability Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP). In the future, Vicky aims to continue her studies internationally and is interested in publishing and presenting research which combines her interests in outdoor recreation, sustainability, commerce and education. In her free time, Vicky likes to work out, explore new places, try out new recipes and spend quality time with friends and family.
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 Reporting Coordinator
Mira Cooper is a senior studying Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental and Water Quality Engineering. She is the Student Reporting Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, and with that role comes a lot of data processing, her favorite thing! She deals with taking the data the University provides and turning it into the various sustainability reports the office outputs. Mira hopes to one day impact the way that cities deal with water shortages, water distribution, and water quality. Her biggest dream would be to work for a national geological survey for a country in Europe. When she isn’t at work or in class, Mira can often be found cleaning her apartment as a stress relief, researching workplace productivity, watching cartoons, or trying to put out whatever fire she’s caused by trying to cook.
Sustainability Implementation Coordinator Apprentice
Vanessa is a sophomore studying Urban Planning and Sustainability and Environmental Health. She is the sustainability implementation coordinator. She leads the Sustainable Ohio University Leaders (SOUL) to help them support sustainable efforts on campus. In the future, Vanessa hopes to help cities and their citizens become more aware of their environmental impact. She hopes to improve upon the infrastructure cities already have and help them become more green, beautiful places to live. Vanessa is also the sustainability events coordinator at Campus Recycling and a peer mentor. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her fellow Margaret Boyd Scholars and going to sporting events here on campus! Go Bobcats!