Voinovich School Environmental Program brownbag focuses on Athens County’s sustainable future

Athens County Commissioner Chris Chmiel will discuss “Athens County’s Sustainability Roadmap” at 12 p.m. on November 4 in The Ridges Building 22, Room 221 during the next Voinovich School Environmental Program brownbag presentation.

Chmiel is heavily embedded and engaged in the sustainability infrastructure of Athens County. In addition to County Commissioner, he also serves as board chair of the Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers, Inc. and the Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC). He is founder and the main organizer of the Ohio Pawpaw Festival and co-owner of Integration Acres Ltd., the world’s largest pawpaw processor, as well as a farmstead goat dairy and creamery. Chmiel graduated from Ohio University’s Specialized Studies Program in 1992 with a program entitled “Wholistic Transition to Sustainability.”

The Athens County Sustainability Roadmap is a three-year plan that lays out the integration of sustainability throughout various county operations. Chmiel will discuss the future of sustainability in Athens County and the creative solutions and strategies planned.

The Voinovich School Environmental Program hosts a Brownbag Lunch Series each semester. These Friday forums include an informal lunch presentation and Q&A related to environmental topics of interest. These Green Events are open to all Voinovich School students, as well as OHIO faculty, staff and students and the community and are part of the Earth Day Every Day Series at OHIO.

Not sure how to get up to The Ridges? Check out the Red Line CATS Shuttle, the Athens Public Transit routes, walk or ride your bike.

For additional information, contact Elissa Welch, welche@ohio.edu.

Upcoming Voinovich School Environmental Program Brownbags include:

Friday, Nov. 18: Michael Pfahl, Associate Professor, Sports Administration, College of Business – Sustainability in Sports

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