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Earth Day 2019

OHIO Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Awards Reception 2019
McCracken Hall

Reuse & Repair Fair and Arbor Day Celebration
Walter Lawn and Walter Hall Rotunda

Free and open to the public.

ReBike Program
Walter Lawn

EV Showcase
Peden Parking Lot

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! 

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Sustainability Awards: 

Sustainability Awards recognize Ohio University and community members for their contributions to sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO’s campuses and in the local 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 open. Please note that award categories have changed slightly from past years. Click here to submit a nomination.

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 available.­ 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

The Ohio University Sustainability Committee 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).­ In the case that a member of the Sustainability Committee is nominated for an award, that member will not evaluate their own application.­ 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 :  Dr. Gilbert Michaud, Senior Lecturer, Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs (2018)

Student Sustainability Leader Award :  Kaitlin Kulich, Journalism undergraduate student (2018)

Staff Sustainability Advocate Award :  Annie Laurie Cadmus, Engagement and Marketing Coordinator, Wellworks (2018)

Exemplary Sustainable Department Award :  Architecture, Design & Construction (2018)

Residential Housing Sustainability Award :  The OHIO Ecohouse (2018)

Office of Sustainability Student Leadership Award :  Meg Little, MS Environmental Studies graduate student (2018)

Innovation Recognition :  City of Athens Environment and Sustainability Commission (2018)