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How to Get Involved

SOUL is a liaison group aimed at assisting the Office of Sustainability, Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee, and the university in further implementation of the Sustainability Plan and Climate Action Plan.
Our Vision: To transform Ohio University into a model institution for sustainability leadership and action. 
Our Mission: To fulfill the Ohio University Sustainability Plan and Climate Action plan by empowering students, faculty, and staff of different educational and experiential backgrounds to engage in open dialogue, develop strong capacities for leadership, and embed sustainability into every facet of academic, operational, and institutional practices. 

SOUL offers opportunities for individuals with any schedule and desired time commitment to participate in furthering sustainability on campus. Check out our different options for getting involved! 


Sub-Group Meetings 

2015-2016 Calendar 

All SOUL meetings are held from 3:30-5:00pm in Baker 230

Fall 2015:

Wednesday, September 9: SOUL Meeting - Waste Reduction Sub-Group (Topic: Single Stream Recycling)
Wednesday, October 7: SOUL Meeting - Energy Efficiency Sub-Group (Topic: BM1 Strategy)
Wednesday, October 21: Coffee Hour - Energy Infrastructure 101 (Tentative, Guest Presenter: Joel Baetens)
Wednesday, November 4: SOUL Meeting - Built Environments Sub-Groups (Topic: Transportation)
Wednesday, November 18: Coffee Hour - Outreach and Education (Topics: Investing and Fundraising)


Spring 2016: 

Wednesday, January 13: SOUL Meeting, Waste Reduction Sub-Group - Topic: Print Reduction
Wednesday, January 20: Coffee Hour, Waste Reduction Sub-Group - Topic: RecycleMania
Wednesday, February 3: SOUL Meeting, Outreach and Education Sub-Group -Topic: Social Justice Benchmarks
Wednesday, February 17: Coffee Hour, Outreach and Education Sub-Group - Topic: Applying for Sustainability Internships
Wednesday, March 9: SOUL Meeting, Built Environments Sub-Group - Topic TBD
Wednesday, March 23: Coffee Hour, Built Environments Sub-Group - Topic: Canopy Cover
Wednesday, April 6: SOUL Meeting - Energy Efficiency Sub Group, Topic TBD
Wednesday, April 20: No SOUL Meeting...EARTH DAY Celebration at Walter Hall Rotunda (5-7pm)!  Coffee and cookies provided.


Basecamp Online 

Another way to get involved is to sign up on our Basecamp account! Basecamp is our way of managing projects in an online forum, where members can access information from any location and discuss tasks and ideas. There are 35 different "projects" for each of the 35 benchmarks of the Sustainability Plan, and SOUL members are continually making updates by posting status updates, new to-do items, starting discussions and uploading documents. If you are interested in being added to our Basecamp account, e-mail to make contributions even if you're unable to attend meetings. 


SOUL Internships 

SOUL also offers volunteer and internship opportunities for those individuals interested in contributing to the administrative aspects of the program. The SOUL Admin team plays an important role in developing sustainability leadership through marketing, outreach, social media, website design, meeting coordination, member management, and other tasks for SOUL. Our Implementation Manager works with interns to assign responsibilities that both benefit the program and align with student interests and career goals. While working in the office, all interns and volunteers are expected to devote approximately 15% of their time towards professional development. With the help of the Director of Sustainability and our Professional Development Coordinator, students are advised through a skills-set assessment and guided in creating a plan for development of key skills for achieving post-graduation employment. Past interns have chosen to use this time by working on their resume, attending mock interviews or workshops with the Career Center, researching current events in their field of interest, and numerous other activities. Email for more information on internship opportunities.