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Earth Day 2020 - 50th Anniversary of Earth Day! 

OHIO Earth Day Events  |  Community Earth Month Events  |  Sustainability Awards

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OHIO Earth Day Events

​​This year Ohio University planned on-campus celebrations for Earth Day, but we have moved all content online.  Please see our Virtual Earth Month page for details and follow our Social Media accounts for updates: @OHIOsustainable, #OHIOearthday.

Watch our April 1, 2020 Introduction to Virtual Earth Month on Facebook  

As individual components of the OHIO Earth Day Celebrations are moved online the information below will be updated and announced on Social Media.

Relaxing Yoga

Start your Earth Day off by participating in a mello yoga session in the comfort of your own home or backyard! Check out Yoga instructors online leading mini-sessions of peace and tranquility that truly "bring us back to Earth."

OHIO Earth Day Parade

Relive the 2019 OHIO Earth Day Parade through a video made by graduate student Vicky Kent.  See the Passion Works Honey for the Heart costumes, hear the noise makers, virtually walk with Rufus, The Bag Monster, and Pawpaw as paraders march through campus and Athens to show our excitement for Earth Day!  

Reduce, Reuse & Relax Fair and Arbor Day Celebration

The Reduce, Reuse and Relax Fair will be held online throughout the month of April on our Social Media (@OHIOsustainable).  Virtual attendees can learn do-it-yourself reuse and repair projects from campus and community members, find out about opportunities, webinars and other online events, and learn about sustainability initiatives. Also, join us to learn about trees on campus and celebrate Arbor Day and Ohio University's recognition as a Tree Campus USA!

Electric Vehicle Showcase

Learn about electric-drive technologies online, including electric automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and skateboards, and checkout our local EV Cruisers Club.  

ReBike Program

The annual ReBike Program sale of salvaged, affordable used bicycles will not be held this semester.  Watch our Social Media for information about ReBike, including a possible sale to be organized early in the Fall.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Sustainability Awards

Follow our Social Media (@OHIOsustainable) and watch President Nellis' noon announcement of award winners on our Facebook page!

The Sustainability Awards are given to individuals and organizations nominated by their peers. The awards are separated into five categories: Faculty Sustainability Award, Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award, Staff Sustainability Advocate Award, Exemplary Sustainable Department Award and Community Sustainability Recognition. 

Community Earth Month Events

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020, but Ohio University will continue our own tradition of celebrating "Earth Day Every Day" throughout the month prior to Earth Day. We have partnered with campus and community organizations to develop a county-wide list of Earth Month activities! Check out the website regularly to see it fill with activities!


Sustainability Awards:

Sustainability Awards recognize Ohio University and community members for their contributions to sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO's campuses and communities during the past year.  The individuals and groups nominated and recognized are integral to the advancement of the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan or to the sustainability of our communities.  These awards are open to all OHIO faculty, staff or students on any of Ohio University's campuses, and the Community Sustainability Award is also open to community groups.

For information about these awards, please refer to the information provided below.

Award Categories

Faculty Sustainability Award: This recognition is awarded to a faculty member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her field through sustainability-related teaching, research, scholarship or service.  Sustainability Hub Coordinators are ineligible for this award.

Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award: This award recognizes one student (or student group) who has excelled in sustainable actions and leadership at Ohio University during their time as a student. This can include class projects, club events, personal behaviors/actions, volunteerism and the like.-- This award is open to both undergraduate students and graduate students.

Staff Sustainability Advocate Award: This award is given to a staff member who has served as an advocate for advancing sustainability initiatives at Ohio University or served in a support role to assist student, faculty, staff or community led initiatives. Office of Sustainability staff members are ineligible for this award.

Exemplary Sustainable Department Award: This award is given to an office or department at Ohio University that has shown great leadership in a variety of sustainable behaviors including, but not limited to, advancing the Sustainability and Climate Action Plans, encouraging health and wellness among its employees, investing in local goods and services, reducing its landfilled waste generation, participating in energy reduction efforts, and engaging in shared office resources. Any Department which completes the Sustainable Tracking and Evaluation Program (STEP) will be automatically nominated in this award category if a certification application was submitted within the past academic year.

Community Sustainability Recognition: Any community member (or group) is invited to be nominated for recognition of their participation in programs that help support community-wide sustainability efforts.


  • All nominees must be current Ohio University faculty, staff or students (exception: Community Sustainability Recognition).
  • You may nominate yourself or someone else.
  • You may nominate more than one person for the same award (please fill out a separate form for each nomination).
  • You may nominate the same person for multiple awards, as long as they are eligible. Office of Sustainability staff and Sustainability Hub Coordinators are not eligible.
  • While you will be asked to provide your name and email when you nominate someone, you may choose to keep your nomination anonymous if you wish.
  • Nominations are due at 5pm on March 11.

Nomination Process

Only online submissions will be accepted. Nominations are due at 5pm on March 11. The nomination will require the following:

  1. Name and email of person (or group/department) being nominated
  2. Name and email of the person nominating (optional)
  3. Award Name
  4. Essay: In 500 words or less, explain why you believe this individual should be recognized for their sustainability efforts. Please address how their actions have advanced the triple bottom line of sustainability at Ohio University.

Selection Process

  • An ad hoc committee composed of previous winners and sustainably-minded faculty, staff, students and community members will review the nominations for the awards.
  • Nominees will be evaluated on their contributions to implementing goals in the Sustainability and Climate Action Plan as well as their leadership role and impact with respect to the triple bottom line of sustainability (simultaneous benefits to people, planet and profitability).
  • Those who are nominated for an award will be ineligible to evaluate their own award category
  • Evaluations will be compiled and the nominee with the highest score will win.

Congratulations to past Sustainability Award Winners!

Faculty Sustainability Research & Advocacy Award: Theresa Moran, Food Studies (2019); Gilbert Michaud, Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs (2018); Colin Gabler, College of Business (2017); Fran McFadden, College of Health Sciences and Professions (2016); Molly Schoenhoff (2015); Ben Stuart, Russ College of Engineering (2014)

Student Sustainability Leader Award: Vicky Kent, Sport and Recreation Pedagogy graduate student (2019); Kaitlin Kulich, Journalism undergraduate student (2018); Zero Waste Initiative Student Leaders (2017); Leigh Wagner, undergraduate student & Annalisa Weber, graduate student (2016); Alex Slaymaker, undergraduate student (2015)

Staff Sustainability Advocate Award: Jennifer Bowman, Voinovich School (2019); Annie Laurie Cadmus, Wellworks (2018); Susan Calhoun, Grounds (2017); Kristen Herbst, Health Sciences and Professions (2016); Andrew Ladd, Campus Recycling & Zero Waste (2015); Loraine McCosker, Voinovich School of Leadership & Pubic Affairs (2014)

Exemplary Sustainable Department Award: Office of Information Technology (2019); Architecture, Design & Construction (2018); Moving & Surplus (2017); Office of Global Opportunities (2016); Campus Recycling & Zero Waste (2015); Culinary Services (2014)

Residential Housing Sustainability Award: (award discontinued in 2019) The OHIO Ecohouse (2018)

Innovation Recognition: The Village Bakery & Cafe (2019); City of Athens Environment and Sustainability Commission (2018); Athens City-County Health Dept (2017); Bruce Underwood (2016); Upgrade Athens (2015)