Sustainable Infrastructure Hub
About the Sustainable Infrastructure Hub:
The Sustainable Infrastructure Hub focuses its attention on the sustainability themes of buildings, energy, water, and waste. Please click on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) icons below to see sections of the 2021 Draft Sustainability & Climate Action Plan in the Infrastructure Hub categories.
The Sustainability Project Laboratory
All Hubs of the Office of Sustainability contribute to the Sustainability Project Laboratory. The Sustainability Project Laboratory is a database of sustainability-related project proposals. This resource hosts projects and project ideas that can be adopted by faculty, staff, and students for course projects, capstone or senior projects, theses, and more.
Propose a sustainability project that will result in a simultaneous benefit to people, the planet, and prosperity (for faculty, staff, or community members)
Request a sustainability project for an Ohio University course or for research (for faculty or students)
The History of the Sustainable Infrastructure Hub
The Sustainable Infrastructure Hub was first led by Dr. David J. Bayless, Loehr Professor of Mechanical Engineering within the Russ College of Engineering and Technology in 2019 and 2020. Dr. Bayless was at OHIO from 1995 to 2020 and held numerous university leadership positions, including Director of the Robe Leadership Institute, Director of the Ohio Coal Research Center and Fellow at the Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Service. For the State of Ohio, Bayless served as Director of the Center for Algal Research and Commercialization at Ohio University as designated by the Ohio Third Frontier Wright Projects Program. Dr. Bayless is now the Department Chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T University.
As Sustainable Infrastructure Hub Coordinator, Bayless implemented the Sustainability Project Laboratory (SPL), a database to match faculty, staff, and community-led sustainability projects needing student assistance with faculty or students looking for real-world local problems to solve. He also launched the Triple Bottom Line Cost-Benefit Analysis (TBL-CBA) working group, a group of students, faculty, and staff who meet weekly to create a cost-benefit analysis tool to evaluate projects in the SPL.