Motivated to improve complex sustainability challenges, Ohio State has established a new Sustainability Institute, which merges the Office of Energy and Environment and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme. The institute will support and integrate sustainability and resilience research, teaching, and outreach activities across Ohio State, said Gina Langen, the institute’s communications director, and more than 30 CFAES faculty are involved with it—as part of its leadership team, as engaged faculty, or both—led by Elena Irwin, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, who is the institute’s faculty director. See a full list of the institute’s people.
Through the new institute, Ohio State “will pursue a more coordinated and inclusive approach to sustainability that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, campus stewardship, and applied solutions,” Langen said. “Our interdisciplinary research capacity, culture of problem solving, and partnerships with industry, government, and advocacy organizations offer strategic opportunities to create transformational change.”