Motivated to improve complex sustainability challenges, Ohio State has established a new Sustainability Institute. It merges the university’s Office of Energy and Environment and Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme.
Involves more than 30 CFAES faculty
The institute will support and integrate sustainability and resilience research, teaching, and outreach activities across the university, said Gina Langen, the institute’s communications director, and more than 30 CFAES faculty are involved with it—as members of its Leadership Team, as engaged faculty, or both—led by Elena Irwin of the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, who is serving as the institute’s faculty director. See a full list of the institute’s people.
Through the institute, Ohio State “will pursue a more coordinated and inclusive approach to sustainability that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, campus stewardship, and applied solutions,” Langen said. “Our interdisciplinary research capacity, culture of problem solving, and partnerships with industry, government, and advocacy organizations offer strategic opportunities to create transformational change.”