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.
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.
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.