Our Team

The most important asset at the Sustainability Institute is our people — the faculty, staff and researchers committed to generating synergies that will establish Ohio State as a leading public institution of sustainability.

The Sustainability Institute nurtures an environment where interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships drive education, research, engagement and solutions for sustainability and resilience challenges. A dedicated team of professionals manages the institute, enabling our faculty to fully utilize the extensive capabilities of the university and our greater community. Our faculty leadership team is comprised of faculty and managers from a spectrum of disciplines who are devoted to the support of collaborative research on sustainability and resilience.

INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION

Sustainability is an inherently interdisciplinary topic that transcends any single academic unit, discipline or sector. Sustainability and resilience research draws from the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences, and humanities, as well as from public health, policy, business and law. It’s grounded in earth, environmental and ecosystem sciences.

DRIVING QUESTIONS

Sustainability researchers at Ohio State are investigating: What factors and trends reshape our society and determine the limits of human-environment systems?  How can we more effectively harness science and technology toward sustainability? What technologies and policies are needed to successfully transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon energy? What incentives and strategies can most effectively lead to more sustainable behaviors and communities?

CONVERGENCE RESEARCH

The societal challenges of sustainability underscore the need for interdisciplinary sustainability education, research and engagement efforts that integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and apply this knowledge through partnerships with local, state, national and global stakeholders to solve sustainability challenges.

Staff
Kate Bartter
Executive Director
Elena Irwin
Faculty Director
Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics
Mike Shelton
Associate Director
Josh Knights
Director of Partnerships
Gina Langen
Director of Communications
Gina Jaquet
Director, Sustainability Education and Learning
Matthew Griffin
Program Coordinator, Sustainability Education and Learning
Maureen Langlois
Proposal Development Specialist
Kathy Jackson
Program Assistant
Atar Herziger
Post-doctoral Researcher
Environment and Natural Resources
Kim McIlwaine
Executive Assistant
Joan Wall
Editor
Gwyn Dalton
Administrative Manager
Leadership

Affiliated Faculty and Researchers

The Sustainability Institute is building a network of Affiliated Faculty and Researchers to support, connect and extend the sustainability work in which faculty are engaged. We support teams and networks of faculty, other researchers, students and staff at Ohio State working together and with external partners to confront the enormous sustainability and resilience challenges facing our communities.

To become an Affiliated Faculty or Researcher, visit go.osu.edu/joinSI.
 

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