Get Involved!

If you’re an MSES student like myself, you probably love to get involved with as many environmental opportunities and events as you can. Even if sustainability isn’t your major, you may still love the environment and volunteering for good causes. In either case, it is good to be aware of the resources available to you. If you are a student of Ohio University, you are fortunate to have a wide variety of resources at your disposal…you just have to know where to look!

The Office of Sustainability (ohio.edu/sustainability) is a great resource for anyone interested in volunteering, creating a workshop, getting a research project funded, living sustainably, networking, gaining professional development skills, etc. If you visit the office home page, you will currently find a chance to apply for funding to run a sustainability program for Earth Month in April. Students, faculty, and staff can apply for grants up to $500.

Are you interested in gardening? The Ecohouse residents (myself included) have been working with the Office of Sustainability to transform our private garden into a community garden space. If you are interested in having your own garden plot, you can find more information on the Office of Sustainability home page. A community garden plot may be adopted by a student group, a department, or an individual.

How about taking it a step beyond gardening at the Ecohouse….what about becoming an Ecohouse resident for the 2012-13 school year? I have been a resident of the Ecohouse for two years and would highly recommend the experience to anyone interested in learning more about green technology and sustainable living. The application process is quick and more information can be found at ohio.edu/ecohouse.

The wonderful opportunities mentioned here are just a tip of the iceberg. I encourage you to explore the recommended websites and discover new possibilities!

—Kylie Johnson

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