Ohio University's Office of Sustainability offers classroom presentations, staff meeting presentations, tours of the OHIO Ecohouse, and tours of the Compost Facility at no cost. We also have a Sustainability Walking Map so you can facilitate your own tour of the sustainable features of campus should you be unable or uninterested in scheduling a tour or presentation. Please note: the online map is currently undergoing edits and is, therefore, only to be considered a draft.
Many classes and organizations choose to tour the Ecohouse (8133 Dairy Lane) each year. Tours feature the exterior features of the house such as the solar electric, solar thermal, and community garden. They also discuss, through photos of the interior of the house, sustainable living habits. For the safety of our residents, we only offer interior tours to select groups upon request. Otherwise, the interior of the house may be viewed during occasional Open House events sponsored by the residents.
Tours hosted at the Compost Facility (located on Dairy Lane, 0.2 miles southwest of the Dairy Barn) discuss the composting process at Ohio University, examine alternative energy options at the site, and explore waste reduction efforts that we can all adopt into our lives.
During our classroom presentations, students will learn about sustainability at Ohio University. Students will explore how sustainability can be applied to their own lives and disciplines. Time permitting, the presentation will conclude with a Call to Sustain pledge in which the class will be asked to make a commitment to lessen their impact. Presentations generally last 30 minutes, but can be tailored to a class’ unique needs.
The Call to Sustain campaign is a peer-education effort aimed at informing students, faculty, staff, and community members about sustainability and encouraging them make a pledge to lessen their impact on the Earth.
For students: Call to Sustain can be requested as a component of a classroom presentation or our student peer educations can attend other events, meetings, etc. with our giant globes and pledge sign.
For Faculty/Staff: Call to Sustain can be requested as a guest presentation at staff meetings across campus. In such situations, the presenter will be a University employee and will be able to discuss workplace sustainability as a peer education program.
More information about this program can be viewed on the Call to Sustain page.
Any administrative or academic unit interested in learning more about the Sustainability Tracking & Evaluation Program (STEP) is encouraged to invite a member of our team to give a presentation durring an upcoming staff meeting. At that meeting, we will provide information about the program, offer suggestions as to how to tackle its contents and answer any questions from your team. This presentation will take approximately 20 minutes, depending on quantity of questions (longer if your team wants a full sustainability presentation).
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