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The Master's of Science in Environmental Studies program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is still accepting applications for Fall Semester 2017. Review of applications has begun as of February 1, 2017, but there is still time to apply for this exciting program. Read More

In the backwoods of Athens, Ohio, just up the quiet bends of Pomeroy Road, lies 40 acres of densely overgrown land that hasn’t been touched in 40 years... Read More

Two students in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) program were on the top-placing teams in a regional competition sponsored by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition on climate change. Read More

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - Mother-and-daughter team Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé will present “The Sustainable Food Movement Rising” at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Read More

Explore the Master of Public Administration and Environmental Studies programs at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Spring Open House on March 11, 2016 from 2 – 4:30 p.m. in Building 21 of The Ridges. Read More

Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Associate Professor Derek Kauneckis will be a featured presenter at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting on Global Science Engagement in Washington, D.C. on Climate, Water and the American Farmer. Kauneckis is an expert on climate change adaptation and the intersection of science and policy and will present his conference paper titled Water Supplies, Human Decisions and Policy Institutions. Read More

CE3 and the Environmental Studies Program are pleased to announce the dates of this spring's CE3 Brownbag Lunch Series! Unless otherwise noted, all sessions will take place on Fridays, from 12-1pm in Building 22, Room 221 on The Ridges. Read More

Natalie Kruse Daniels, an Ohio University associate professor of environmental studies, explained at her Science Café on Feb. 3 that when coal is mined, minerals that used to be buried deep underground are exposed. These minerals create a metal-rich acidic discharge that can be washed into streams. Read More

Healthy, local food is something everyone should have access to - and that's the driving message behind the Athens non-profit Community Food Initiatives (CFI). Mary Nally, MSES grad and executive director, is the leader of the community-based organization. Read More

Ohio University was recently named a national winner of the 2015 GameDay Recycling Challenge, which engages hundreds of thousands of collegiate football fans in a waste reduction and recycling competition every fall. Read More

On Fri., Oct. 23, Ohio University Master of Science in Environmental Studies students and CE3 Brownbag attendees were among only approximately 100 explorers this year to visit Crane Hollow Nature Preserve, a biodiversity hotspot deep within Hocking County’s Laurel Township. Read More

“Creating National Parks in a Biodiversity Hotspot” will be the focus of a public session featuring an international delegation of national park directors and non-governmental organization experts from Kosovo and Montenegro on the third floor of Alden Library from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Read More

Wed., Nov. 18, 2015 – Award-winning National Geographic photojournalist Dennis Dimick will lead the celebration of International GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week at Ohio University during the second annual GIS Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Steven L. Schoonover Center for Communication. Read More

People’s latest film, Broken Landscape: Confronting India’s Water-Energy Choke Point, premiered at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in 2015. Since then, it has been selected for a number of film festivals including the Athens International Film + Video Festival. Read More

Ohio University past, present and future appeared last month in Norman, Oklahoma for the annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Journalism (SEJ). Three OHIO Bobcats: a student, an alumnus and a faculty member, participated in the multi-day conference of the country’s leading environmental journalists hosted by Oklahoma University. Read More

Great food, great weather, great company -- these three themes captured the essence of the annual Voinovich Environmental Studies cookout, held on the evening of Thursday, September 3, 2015. Read More

On Oct. 17, Ohio University competed against colleges and universities across the nation in the 2015 GameDay Recycling Challenge, a waste reduction and recycling competition. More than 22,000 football game attendees recycled and composted 7,225 pounds of materials for a 96 percent diversion rate from landfills. That’s almost a third of the weight of the entire Bobcat football team. Read More

On a hill above The Ridges, beside the Ohio University Compost Facility, a huge grey pillowy bladder sits inside an almost unbearably hot glasshouse. The bladder churns food waste and compost and turns it into fuel. It’s an interactive process that makes for a perfect open house – and that’s just what Assistant Professor Sarah Davis and Research Scientist Kim Miller did at their Waste to Fuel: Bioenergy open house on Oct. 7. Read More

Whitman stands next to one of the signs marking the Maromizaha forest boundary. The sign depicts a lemur of the species Indri indri, the largest remaining lemur species. Multiple groups of Indri live in the Maromizaha forest. Karie Whitman knew her professional development in Madagascar last summer was too fruitful to not return. However, she also knew she would need to find significant financial support for future research. Thanks to a Graduate Student Senate travel grant, she is one step closer to that goal. Read More

Derek Kauneckis, associate professor in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, has been invited to the Global Network of Long-Term Observatories on Mountain Social Ecological Systems (GNOMO) workshop at the Rocky Mountain National Laboratory in Gunnison, Colorado. Read More

Dr. Sarah Davis, assistant professor at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, has been published in the October 2015 issue of the New Phytologist. The journal publishes timely research on the broad principles of plant science, and Davis’s article addresses large-scale analyses of the environmental impacts of agriculture. Read More

Sharing insights in multiple formats is an approach students are developing in the Environmental Studies Program at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Grace Keyes, a Voinovich Scholar and Environmental Studies certificate student, provides the latest example with her post “Building Climate Resilience in Conflict-Affected States: A Neglected Agenda” on the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat. Reposted below, Keyes’ writing in this policy friendly form gives readers easy ways to further explore these complex climate change and security research topics. Keyes will be visiting the Washington-based Wilson Center next month as part of the Voinovich School’s transboundary conservation and peacebuilding study abroad program in the Balkans. Read More

During her two years at Ohio University, Tess Phinney has devoted herself to university sustainability. Much of that hard work paid off last month when she and the Office of Sustainability received a "Silver" rating on the Sustainability, Track, Assessment and Rating Systems (STARS) Report. Read More

Jen Bowman, a senior environmental project manager at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, offered a class over spring break on methods and equipment used for gathering and assessing environmental data from the field. Her plan was to spend four hours outside every day. However, when Athens had a level 3 snow emergency, she had to adapt. Read More

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will partner with several universities across the country in an environmental study on tribal lands. The partnership stems from a $4.5 million grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to integrate research and Extension to help Great Basin and Southwestern tribal communities develop plans, policies and practices for sustainable agriculture and water management. Read More

Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability is proud to announce that the University has received a “Silver” rating on its first Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System report. Read More

The archives at Alden Library hold vast troves of materials that many students don’t get a chance to explore. This year, the Voinovich Collections Fellow, Geoff Dabelko, aims to bring those materials out of the archives and into the classroom. Read More

Dr. Alex Dehgan, a world renowned entrepreneur, expedition leader, diplomat and development official -- specializing in creative science, technology and leadership -- recently visited Ohio University’s Voinovich School and Environmental Science Program. Read More

Close to half of all arable land on earth is dedicated to pasture or cropland. But it is not just to feed the world’s growing population anymore. Increasingly we are growing our energy, using biofuels to meet our intensifying energy demands while developing more sustainable and less fossil fuel-based energy sources. Read More

The host of "Science Fridays" visits Ohio University to talk about sharing scientific information though unconventional paths. Read More

Ohio University feeds thousands of students, faculty, staff and visitors every day, and all of those meals produce a lot of leftovers. A new project led by Dr. Sarah Davis, assistant professor of environmental studies at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, aims to guarantee that those leftovers are used as efficiently as possible. Read More

As a student in the Environmental Studies Program, Leah Graham helped to organize and promote Ohio University’s annual RecycleMania program as part of her work as a graduate assistant with the Office of Sustainability. Now, she leads that program and several others at the University of Mount Union and Kent State University, where she works as sustainability outreach coordinator and outreach recycling coordinator respectively. Read More

MSES student Alaina Morman writes for the Voinovich School Blog about her travels. "When I say I traveled around the world and back, I’m not exaggerating. The summer of 2014 will go down as one in which I learned the most about the world and about myself. It’s comical in a way how four months can put four-plus years of higher education to shame. Or rather, I should say, one might think they’ve grasped the workings of the world—until they travel abroad and realize there is so much more to learn by experiencing cultures in situ." Read More

After months of hard work, a research team from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs submitted a Primary Headwater Stream and Wetland Mitigation Conceptual Design report to the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this month. This report is a part of the School’s work related to the ongoing cleanup activities at the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) in Piketon, Ohio. Read More

An international report on climate change released earlier this year featured writers from all over the world, including a professor at Ohio University. Geoffrey Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies, is one of six lead authors of the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dabelko worked on chapter twelve of a section entitled “Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability.” Read More

What is the connection between the environment and security? Geoff Dabelko, professor and director of environmental studies in the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will answer that question Nov. 12 at the next Ohio University Café Conversations event. Read More

Global crises like the Ebola outbreak force us to consider what “security” really means, said Sharon Burke, senior advisor for the New America Foundation. “Is security getting our kids to school and food on the table…or are you talking about military security and defense threats that require a weapon to counter?” Since its founding in 1994, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program has been a public forum for debate over non-traditional security issues and the connections between global environmental, population, health, and security dynamics. On September 18, Burke joined New York Times columnist Andrew Revkin and a panel of current and former ECSP leaders to discuss how the field has evolved over the last 20 years and offer their thoughts for what lies ahead. Read More

Environmental education is key to raising environmental awareness and re-connecting people – especially children – to nature. This theory informed two outstanding leadership practicum projects conducted independently by Bruce Underwood and Joe Jennings, both students who graduated from the Voinovich School’s Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies program in 2014. Read More

Although they all work on one campus, it can sometimes seem as though each school at Ohio University is aware only of its individual research and goals. Over the last year, however, one project has joined six OHIO schools over a crucial resource: water. Read More

Two Voinovich School professors received more than $123,000 from the university’s 1804 Fund for projects designed to bring new environmental technologies to campus this year. Read More

Annalisa Weber is a graduate student in the Voinovich School’s Environmental Studies Program. She spent three months this past summer conducting research at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Read More

A new report on hydro-diplomacy from the Climate Diplomacy Initiative was launched at World Water Week, which took place in Stockholm from August 31 to September 5. Read More

Ohio University has added a new bachelor of science degree program in energy engineering (EnE) to begin in fall 2014. Applications are currently being accepted. “Energy is considered one of the grand challenges for engineering and touches each of our lives, so we need to do the best that we can to prepare future Russ College graduates to contribute to a long term sustainable energy future,” said Robe Professor Greg Kremer, chair of the department of mechanical engineering that will administer the new program. Read More

The Geography Colloquium series presents Dr. Jon Barnett of the University of Melbourne on “Climate Change and Human Security: Key Findings from the 5th Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” on Friday, Oct. 10, from 3:05-4:30 p.m. in Walter Hall 235. Read More

International environmental politics are constantly changing, and even experts sometimes struggle to keep up with the latest developments. Since its first publication in 1995, however, Green Planet Blues: Critical Perspectives on Global Environmental Politics has been a foundational resource for understanding the scope of environmental issues. Read More

Voinovich School professor and Environmental Studies Program director Geoff Dabelko recently sat down for a Q&A with James Madison University’s student newspaper, The Breeze. Read More

Ohio University’s environmentally-focused education abroad programs offer students the chance to immerse themselves in hands-on learning experiences in a wide range of overseas settings. Four programs illustrate the diversity of locations and environmental topics students and their faculty mentors will tackle in the coming school year: Canada, Costa Rica, Scotland, and the Balkans. Read More

Caleb Hawkins is a second year Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies student at the Voinovich School. On Tuesday, Sept. 2, he gave the following speech during the 2014-2015 Voinovich School Welcome Reception. Read More

Ed Newman is a living legend in Athens, Ohio. Not only did he help initiate the City of Athens’ curbside recycling program — the state’s first — but he also transformed Ohio University’s waste management plan and inspired college sustainability programs across the U.S. and Canada. Read More

Climate change and its connections to national security have been in the news recently as prominent reports and assessments highlight a wide variety of challenges. Read More

As the director of Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics, and the Environment, Scott Miller connects faculty across the university, allowing them to work together and create ideas that affect policy here in Athens and across the country. Previously, Miller was a student in the environmental studies program at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Read More

The news media spend too much time covering the symptoms of climate change and not enough discussing the phenomenon of climate change itself. Read More

Jen Bowman, senior environmental project manager at the Ohio University Voinovich School, has paired up with Gary Conley, research supervisor for University’s Air Quality Center at the Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment, to begin looking at the health of Wills Creek and White Eyes Creek in Coshocton and Muskingum Counties. Read More

Dylan Drugan coordinates energy efficiency programs across eight states for American Electric Power. He had an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA, and experience in the corporate world. But it was his decision to seek a master’s degree in environmental studies from Ohio University that led him to AEP. Read More

It would be reasonable to suspect that mobile phones would help Kenyan pastoralists adapt to drought and anticipated climate change in central Kenya. That was the hypothesis MSES student Jeremiah Asaka investigated as part of his Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Read More

When it started in 2007, the Kanawha Project focused on introducing Ohio University faculty to environmental sustainability topics that they could incorporate in their classes. Now the project is moving in a new direction. Read More

In the fight to garner more interest among high school students for pursuing a STEM major, one Ohio University program takes the lead – with a boat. Read More

Ohio University professor Kelly Johnson often finds herself knee deep in streams. Net in hand, she leads her biology students through lessons about life in southern Ohio’s waterways — and the lack thereof. Read More

Dr. Sarah Davis, assistant professor at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, is a leading expert in energy bioscience and has recently published several articles about her research. Working alongside many national and international colleagues, Dr. Davis’ research informs the scientific community and industry by providing data and modeling results on the impacts of biofuel development and usage. Read More

Geoff Dabelko has been studying the links between the environment and security for most of his career. Read More

A new and improved version of CE3's watershed data website is now available for public use. The site is called and it allows users to view detailed information about the quality of several Ohio watersheds and track the progress of current reclamation efforts. It is funded in part by the American Electric Power Foundation (AEP). Read More

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepares to announce its Fifth Assessment Report from Working Group I on Friday, Sept. 27, in Stockholm, researchers continue to test hypotheses that help shape the climate change picture. Read More