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Earth Day 2017


Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day in 2017 will fall on the last Saturday of classes for the Spring 2017 semester.  Therefore, Earth Day will be celebrated in non-traditional formats throughout the month of April.  We are currently seeking additional partners for the 2017 celebrations. We have partnered with campus and community organizations to develop a county-wide list of Earth Month activities! Check out their website for a full listing of programs! 

The annual Sustainability Awards reception will take place on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 5-7pm in Walter Hall Rotunda. 

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Sustainability Awards: 

This Sustainability Recognition Program is an effort to appropriately recognize Ohio University community members for their contributions to a diverse set of sustainable behaviors on all of OHIO’s campuses during the current fiscal year.­ The individuals and groups nominated and recognized are integral in the advancement of the implementation of the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.­ It is recommended that all nominees are familiar with these plans as they are the basis of evaluation for award winners.­ These awards are open to all OHIO faculty, staff or students on any of Ohio University’s campuses.  The Innovation Recognition is also open to community groups.  

Nominations for the 2016-2017 awards are now open.  Anyone can apply for the award until April 17 at 8am  For information about these awards, please refer to the information provided below.  


Earth Day Arbor Day, Schedule of Events: 


Outdoor Celebration
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Walter Lawn

Join us for lawn games, seedlings and an Arbor Day art installation! Free and open tot the public.


Awards Reception 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Walter Hall Rotunda

5:00pm: Doors Open
5:15pm: Keynote Speaker, Joseph Brehm
5:45pm: Sustainability Awards announced (including Sustain OHIO essay competition)
6:15pm: Sustainability Open House




Award Categories

Faculty Sustainability Research & Advocacy Award: This recognition is awarded to a faculty member who has made exemplary contributions to his or her field through sustainability-related research.­ This faculty member has either participated in their own sustainability research or served as an advocate for increased sustainability research and activities at Ohio University.

Student Sustainability Leader(s) Award:  This award is intended to recognize 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 or staff led initiatives.

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.  New in 2016: Any Department which completes the Sustainable Department Certification program will be automatically nominated in this award category if a certification application was submitted within the past academic year.  

Residential Housing Sustainability Award: Residential Housing floors (or mods) are invited to participate in the Residential Housing Sustainability Award. ­Each floor is asked to attend or host sustainability-related programs, events or conversations­throughout the academic year.­ These programs do not need to be directly­sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.­ The nominator must merely be able to explain how the floor has committed to sustainability­on multiple occasions. ­


OoS Student Leadership Award (Peer Review):­ Office of Sustainability's student interns and employees are integral in the advancement of sustainability efforts at Ohio University.­ This award is given to the student working in the Office of Sustainability or enrolled in ES4900/5900 ­who has gone above and beyond office expectations by serving as a support system, engaging in activities outside of their job/course description, offering creative and helpful suggestions and sharing their passion for sustainability with others.­ This award is voted on by peers within the office and Spring 2016 ES4900/6900 class, though any OHIO student, faculty or staff may nominate an OoS student employee (or student enrolled in ES4900/5900 during the current academic year).­ For a list of our current student employees, please navigate to the Staff page.


Innovation Recognition:  This award was added in 2015 in response to a desire to recognize innovative community efforts aimed at improving the sustainability profile of Athens County!  Any student, faculty, staff or community member (or group) is invited to be nominated for recognition of innovative support, ideas or programs that help support community-wide sustainability efforts.  

Nomination/Eligibility Criteria
  • All nominees must be current Ohio University faculty, staff or students (exception: Innovation 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 8am on April 17


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 8am on April 17.

The application will require the following:

  1. Name of person (or group/department) being nominated (and an OHIO email address)
  2. Name/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 be as specific as possible.



Selection Process

A selection committee shall be convened each year to review the applications for the Faculty Research Award, The Staff Sustainability Advocate Award, the Student Sustainability Leader Award and the Exemplary Sustainable Office/Department.­ Applications will be judged on a comprehensive scale outlining various facets of sustainability and leadership.­ In the case that a member of the Selection 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.

The OoS Student Leadership Award will be voted on by all Office of Sustainability student and staff employees, interns and students currently enrolled in ES4832/5832 in April of each year.­ The individual with the most votes will win.


Reception Details

The doors to Walter Hall Rotunda will open at 5pm on April 19..­ At that time, guests can mingle, review informational displays and enjoy light appetizers. 
Sustainability-related student organizations and departments will be invited to table at the event with informational displays.­ If your organization would like to reserve a space, please email­ Space will be limited to the first ten requests.
A keynote address will begin at 5:15pm, followed immediately by the awards ceremony.

The remainder of the time will be occupied by an informal open house with educational displays (poster presentations) and student/community organizations marketing their efforts.


If an award winner is not present to collect their award, he/she may pick up their award in the Office of Sustainability after the event.


All of the above details are subject to change.