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Sustainable Living Hub

The Sustainable Living Hub is led by Dr. Kim Thompson, Associate Professor of Instruction in Environmental & Plant Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Photo of Dr. Kim Thompson

The Sustainable Living Hub focuses on the sustainability themes of food, transportation, grounds and student life.  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 Living Hub categories.

Food-related SDGs
Click the image to see the Food category draft
Transportation-related SDGs
Click the image to see the Transportation category draft


Student Life-related SDG icons
Click the image to see the Student Life category draft
Grounds-related SDG icons
Click the image to see the Grounds category draft

Dr. Thompson came to Ohio University in 2014. She serves on the Green Roof Infrastructure subcommittee of the Sustainability Executive Committee and the Ohio University Science Fair committee.  Dr. Thompson is the faculty advisor for The Green Initiative and The Plant Club and represents OHIO on the Greater Ohio Living Architecture (GOLA) Center’s Steering Committee.

Dr. Thompson initiated and led an interdisciplinary group of faculty, administrators, and students to fund and install a vegetated rooftop on the Schoonover Center for Communication. Her focus is on supporting and engaging students in creating green spaces on campus, reducing their carbon footprints, and advocating for policies and decisions that will help us achieve our sustainability goals on campus and in the community.  Please visit her Schoonover Green Roof Project website.

Dr. Thompson's key initiative will be the research and development of green roofs on campus and in the community.

Other Sustainable Living Hub initiatives:

Dr. Theresa Moran, the previous Sustainable Living Hub Coordinator, led an initiative to advance OHIO's institutional procurement of regional food and, on a parallel track, advance the OHIO Student Farm (338 West State St., Athens, OH  45701) as a site of interdisciplinary and experiential learning.  The Farm to OHIO Working Group which evolved from these efforts will continue as a partnership with Culinary Services, the Center for Campus and Community Engagement, Community Food Initiatives and Rural Action, funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation. 


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