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​​Thursday, April 18, 2019


Sustainability Awards Luncheon 
232 McCracken Hall
(by invitation only)

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. Attendance is by invitation only, and lunch will be prepared and served by the Restaurant, Hotel and Tourism students from the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences, led by Professor Thom Stevenson.

OHIO Earth Day Parade
McCracken Hall to Walter Hall Rotunda
(gather starting at 12:30pm on McCracken north lawn)

Put on a Passion Works Honey for the Heart costume, pick-up a noise maker, walk with Rufus, The Bag Monster, and Pawpaw as we parade through campus and Athens to show our excitement for Earth Day! The parade will meet at 12:30 pm on the McCracken Hall Lawn. We will start marching at 1 pm and will conclude at Walter Hall Rotunda where you can visit the Reuse and Repair Fair and other OHIO Earth Day Celebrations activities! 

Reuse & Repair Fair and Arbor Day Celebration
Walter Hall Rotunda & Bicentennial Park

Free and open to the public.

The Reuse and Repair Fair features approximately 20 tables where attendees can get hands-on and learn clothing repair, partake in do-it-yourself projects and learn about sustainability initiatives. We invite everyone to stop by the Fair and meet our campus and community partners! Learn about trees on campus and answer questions to win a free tree sapling! There will be fruity snacks to try from the Blender Bicycle and get a chance to high-five a human-sized pawpaw.

Electric Vehicle Showcase
Peden Stadium Parking Lot

Come meet members of the EV Cruisers Club and learn about electric-drive technologies, including electric automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and skateboards.  There will be various types of electric vehicles in the Peden Stadium parking lot for viewing, come check out a Tesla 3, Nissan Leaf, electric motorcycle and bicycles, and other awesome vehicles!

ReBike Program
Walter Hall Rotunda Lawn

Need an affordable used bicycle? ReBike is a great place to buy a salvaged “as-is” bike for $40. ReBike is held outside the Walter Rotunda. Bikes are sold first-come, first- serve. Arrive early, so you can have first pick!

Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2019, 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.

Nominations for the 2018-2019 awards are now closed. Please check back next year. 

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.-

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.

Exemplary Sustainability 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.

Nomination/Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applications are due at 5pm on March 14.

Application Process

The online applications are now closed. Simply click on the award category headings above to be directed to award-specific application forms. Only online submissions will be accepted. Applications are due at 5pm on March 14. The application 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, why you believe this individual should be recognized for their sustainability efforts? Please address how their actions have advanced 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 applications for the awards.- Applications will be judged 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 not review their own award category - All committee evaluations will be compiled and the applicant with the highest score will win.

Congratulations to past Sustainability Award Winners!

Faculty Sustainability Research & Advocacy Award: 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: Kaitlin Kulich, Journalism undergraduate student (2018); 

Staff Sustainability Advocate Award: 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: Architecture, Design & Construction (2018); Moving & Surplus (2017); Office of Global Opportunities (2016); Campus Recycling & Zero Waste (2015); Culinary Services (2014)

Residential Housing Sustainability Award: The OHIO Ecohouse (2018)

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