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Sustainability Hubs

Sustainability Hub Structure

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Structure of Sustainability Hubs at Ohio University


Sustainability Hubs details

The Hubs are engagement ecosystems. These engagement ecosystems are not a physical space or an academic department, but an approach to strategic initiatives. Each Hub will be led by a faculty coordinator who recognizes the advantage to approaching challenges collaboratively with input from diverse perspectives. The coordinator will foster connections between faculty, staff, students and community members who are working on sustainability initiatives that have been identified as priorities in the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plan.  The Ohio University Sustainability Committee provides oversight to the Sustainability Hubs, in accordance with the charter of the Sustainability Committee.

Hub participants will be able to connect with each other and with initiatives through:

The Sustainable Infrastructure Hub will focus on the sustainability themes of buildings, energy, water and waste and the Sustainability Project Laboratory. Example initiatives are the Eco-Challenge program, LEED Lab courses, Recycle Mania or GameDay Recycling Challenge, residence hall energy and water challenges, reuse and repair fairs, ENERGY STAR Building Treasure Hunts, or any other types of energy efficiency, smart growth, building improvement, water savings, waste reduction, or renewable energy projects.

The Sustainable Living Hub will focus on the sustainability themes of food, transportation, grounds and student affairs and the Farm to OHIO Working Group. Example initiatives are edible gardens, the OHIO Student Farm, Culinary Services sustainability programs, Bobcat Pass and other alternative transportation programs, food composting systems, the Ohio Ecohouse, student sustainability organizations, or any other projects relating to local foods, active transportation, organic landscaping or sustainable student experiences.

The Sustainable Administration Hub will focus on the sustainability themes of procurement, investments, human resources and climate and the Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors. Example initiatives are flexible work arrangements, sustainable investing, wellness programs, sustainable procurement policies, Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, We Are Still In commitment, and any other projects relating to employee well-being, local purchasing, investment strategies, diversity and inclusion, or carbon neutrality.

2019 Annual Report for the Sustainability Hubs

Hub Coordinators

The Hub Coordinators will oversee and coordinate collaborative sustainability research, engagement, and curriculum efforts at Ohio University. Each of the three coordinators will directly manage one sustainability initiative within the Sustainable Infrastructure, Sustainable Living or Sustainable Administration Hubs described below, while fostering connections for other initiatives within and between Hubs. Coordinators will organize or give one presentation per semester as part of a monthly seminar series on sustainability initiatives and will report annual progress on initiatives to the University Sustainability Committee. Engagement, collaboration, and communication shall be promoted across all university locations: Athens, regional campuses, and off-campus centers. Hub Coordinator goals include:

  1. Launch/advance research or curriculum initiatives that support University sustainability goals, in alignment with the Presidential Strategic Pathways and Priorities.
  2. Engage participants in Sustainability Hub activities, including a monthly seminar series, ensuring that faculty, students, staff, and community are appropriately represented within the Hub.
  3. Report progress toward Hub-related OHIO Sustainability/Climate Action Plan goals and strategies as needed, including through a bi-weekly newsletter to participants.
  4. Contribute to Sustainability Committee meetings twice per year.
  5. Collaborate closely with the Office of Sustainability, other Coordinators, and Hub participants to ensure that administrative and organizational support is provided for OHIO sustainability initiatives.