Voinovich School welcomes Nicole Kirchner as new environmental specialist

Sam Miller
November 21, 2016

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs is pleased to welcome Nicole Kirchner as an Environmental Specialist on the energy and environmental program team. Kirchner will focus on the implementation of Zero Waste Initiative projects on campus and work with students who are involved in numerous waste reduction and diversion projects. These collaborative efforts include reaching out to the University community about green event planning, supporting a composting pilot at The Ridges, helping to reduce waste at football tailgates and revisions to the waste reduction benchmarks of the sustainability plan.

Kirchner has a broad range of experience working in plant biology/wetland ecology, community outreach, secondary/collegiate instruction, and environmental education. She will use her previous experiences to work with partners in the community and other waste-related grant projects and contribute to the Voinovich School’s water and energy work.

In 2016, Kirchner graduated from Ohio University with a master of science in environmental and plant biology. After her family had happily settled in Athens and she had positive experiences with the University as a graduate student, she knew she wanted to continue to be involved in the Ohio University community and joined the staff at the Voinovich School.

“The Voinovich School has a reputation of producing top-quality research, promotes an interdisciplinary approach to education and is comprised of a unique combination of faculty, researchers, administrators and other specialists,” Kirchner said. “What stands out most to me though, is how the Voinovich School thrives on cross collaborations between their environmental, entrepreneurial and leadership programs. I truly feel that I’m part of a team here at the Voinovich School.”