February 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Sustainability Studies | 2016-17: The Year of Energy

Windmill Farm in Early morning with Orange Blue Sky

This year, the Sustainability Studies theme is focusing on renewable energy programs and initiatives here at Ohio University, in the Athens community, and elsewhere.

Fall semester, in collaboration with the PawPaw Festival, the theme hosted Lyle Estill, the co-founder of Piedmont Biofuels. He spoke at the PawPaw Festival and gave a public lecture on campus.

In March, the theme is hosting Paul Fenn, Founder & President of Local Power Inc. An innovative leader in renewable energy, Fenn has 20 years of success enabling communities to become energy independent, saving Americans billions of dollars on their electric bills and causing some of the largest greenhouse gas reductions in history. He is the Founder & President of Local Power Inc. and is best known as the creator of Community Choice Aggregation and Solar Bonds.

Fenn is recognized for his innovations in energy policy, law, and finance as well as data analysis, program design, and negotiation. He is giving a public lecture titled “America’s Community Power Revolution” on Thursday, March 23, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Baker Center Theater.

About the Sustainability Studies Theme

Sustainability Studies theme logoSustainability Studies integrates knowledge from many diverse disciplines to explore the complexity of global sustainability issues. Sustainability Studies asks students to think critically about the economic, social, political, cultural and scientific assumptions about humans’ relationships to the environment. Sustainability Studies invites critical exploration of a multitude of complex issues from the local to the global levels by engaging students in visionary conversation and collaborative, real-world problem solving. Sustainability Studies also invites students to explore their own personal values, and envision a meaningful, sustainable future. Sustainability Studies is a strong complement to a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates in Arts & Sciences as well as across Ohio University.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *