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Pollution Prevention Week

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September 19-25, 2021: Event Schedule


Friday Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19:

  • Ohio Pawpaw Festival: Rain Barrel Display & Storm Water Management Information, Rural Action's Sustainability Village, Lake Snowden, Albany, Ohio
    • The Ohio Pawpaw Festival is a fun-filled, educational community event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the pawpaw (Asimina triloba) and sustainable living. This all-weekend event includes a full line-up of presentations and activities that cover pawpaw uses and a multitude of topics related to sustainability.

Monday, Sept. 20:

  • Pollution Prevention Week Kickoff, OHIO Office of Sustainability, Alumni Gate (Court & Union), 1-2pm: Learn how to get involved!
  • Campus Storm Drain Marking by Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors*

Tuesday, Sept. 21:

Wednesday, Sept. 22:

Thursday, Sept. 23:

Friday, Sept. 24:

  • The Jellyfish Garden: a plastic bag art installation, Campus Recycling & Zero Waste, Athens County Courthouse, 10am-2pm
  • Campus Storm Drain Marking by Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors*

Saturday, Sept. 25:


All events are free and open to the public, except marked with an asterisk (*). All events are tentative and are subject to change based on weather conditions.  Check Ohio University Office of Sustainability FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@OHIOsustainable) and the City of Athens FacebookTwitter, Instagram, (@cityofathensoh) The Government Channel and YouTube for Pollution Prevention Week postings and videos!

Additional Information:

In December 2017, Ohio University was granted a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In June that year, the City of Athens also received an MS4 permit. These permits required development and submission of a Storm Water Management Program (SWMP). Ohio University submitted their SWMP in conjunction with the City of Athens.

The SWMP contains 6 minimum control measures, one of which is Public Education. Ohio University suggested several Public Education measures to meet the EPA's requirements, including the celebration of Pollution Prevention Week. Since 2017 Pollution Prevention Week is recognized annually on the Ohio University campus and in the City of Athens.

Ohio University, the City of Athens, and the Athens Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank the following partners: Athens Hocking Recycling Centers, Campus Recycling & Zero Waste, Ohio University Office of Sustainability, City of Athens Government Channel, the Ohio University Sustainability Film Series, City of Athens Environment & Sustainability Commission, the Ohio University Climate & Sustainability Ambassadors and University Communications & Marketing.