February 1, 2020 at 5:30 pm

Sustainability | Creating a Sustainable Workplace: Fostering Belonging at OHIO, Feb. 27

Ryan Fogt , portrait

Dr. Ryan Fogt

The OHIO Sustainable Administration Hub kicks off its spring seminar series with “Creating a Sustainable Workplace: Fostering Belonging at OHIO” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

Additional spring seminar series meetings will be at 5 p.m. March 26 and April 23 in the same location.

Dr. Ryan Fogt, Associate Professor of Geography and hub coordinator, has partnered with Cat Russell of University Human Resources and Dr. Jan Huebenthal, assistant director of the LGBT Center within the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, to present a panel on sustainability initiatives in OHIO human resources, a theme of the Administration Hub.

Russell and Huebenthal’s presentation, “Creating a Sustainable Workplace: Fostering Belonging at OHIO,” will address the building of sustainable work cultures for staff and faculty. They will discuss research that indicates that a strong sense of belonging is a key predictor of success, well-being, and retention, and that people who feel that they belong happily outperform their peers and make excellent co-workers.

What is OHIO doing to create work cultures that support belonging and nurture sustainable, healthy campus communities? What are the strategies to work towards such cultures? Panelists will explore these and other questions and speak to their initiatives, projects, and efforts across campus, specifically those led by Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources.

As one of three faculty coordinators working with OHIO’s Office of Sustainability, Fogt’s Hub focuses on sustainability initiatives connected to the themes of Climate, Procurement, Human Resources and Investments.

In 2019, Fogt created the Climate and Sustainability Ambassadors Program, which provides opportunities for students to collaborate with others passionate about sustainability and climate literacy, to partner with local schools to further climate change education, and to help OHIO reach goals in the Ohio University Sustainability and Climate Action Plans.

The first 10 attendees to ask a question will receive free coffee.

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