Office of Sustainability General Contact Information
Interim Director of Sustainability/Sustainability Specialist
Elaine has been the Sustainability Specialist for Ohio University since June 2014. She has a PhD in Civil Engineering (water treatment) and degrees in Chemical Engineering (B.S.), Chemistry (B.S.), and Bioengineering (M.S.). She is a LEED AP EBOM, has an Engineering Intern certification, and is a member of the USGBC Water Efficiency Technical Advisory Group (WE-TAG). Elaine is the sustainability reporter for the university, creating reports for the Second Nature Carbon Commitment, AASHE STARS, US EPA Green Power Partnership, and the Ohio University Board of Trustees. She also works with the Ohio University Director of Utilities and Environmental Engineer on Climate, Energy and Water initiatives, the Sustainable Investing Advisory Committe and the Sustainability Alumni Network on Money initiatives, and with various professors across campus on Academic (Research) initiatives. Elaine's husband, Doug, is a Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering professor at Ohio University, and one of their 4 sons is an Ohio University graduate student. Elaine enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and watching soccer, playing tennis, biking, reading, and vegetable gardening. Please contact Elaine if you have questions related to initiatives in her topic areas.
Samuel E. Crowl
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, Athletics or Academics (Scholarship) sustainability initiatives.
2017-2018 Graduate Assistants
Tree Care Coordinator
Photo and Bio coming soon
Sustainable Living Coordinator
Vicky Kent is a 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.
2017-2018 Undergraduate Staff
Sustainability Implementation Coordinator
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!
Sustainability Reporting Coordinator