Dr. Linda Ramey, associate director, office of sustainability recently received Honorable Mention in the Journal of Sustainability 2014 SNAP Awards!

The Sustainability Now and Powerful (SNAP) competition is an annual national project of the Journal of Sustainability Education to recognize efforts of leaders in the field of sustainability who are making a difference in their area.

Dr. Ramey was nominated by Cathy Sayer, former Director of Community Service Learning her work with the Campus Community Gardens, including the Garden for the Senses revitalization.

The last three years the Campus Community Garden has supplied hundreds of pounds of fresh, organically-grown produce to support area food pantries.

So many changes with sustainability on campus!

Fall is in full swing so be sure you get outside and enjoy the beauty of our natural areas including our 200 acres of Woods. Share your best pix with us at

So many Sustainability changes on campus!

As of August 31st, Mr. Hunt Brown retired as the Director for the Office of Sustainability. We will miss Hunt's dedication to sustainability but in the spirit of sustainability here at WSU, we will continue to Green our campus.

We will also miss the WSU Campus Community Garden. Last Friday afternoon several students volunteered for a "USGBC Green Apples, Green Schools" event helped clear the garden of the produce including tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and kale. This harvest will be the last donation of fresh produce made this year to the Dayton Food Pantry. Over a hundred pounds of organically grown vegetables have been donated this year.

There will be several other opportunities to help with sustainability projects like the "Make a Difference Day" project at the Ruskin School Learning Garden later in October.

You may not realize that the Garden has been privately funded for the last two years out of Dr. Ramey's "Gifts of Inspiration" funds. The intern who tended the garden for the last 19 months, Lindsey Millsaps, was also funded from the same monies. Lindsey has now also departed for England to study Ornithology for the next 10 months. We will also miss Lindsey and wish her the very best in her studies abroad.

Best of luck to both Hunt and Lindsey!

As you watch the Pedestrian/Bike Bridge construction across I-675, also watch for more information about the possibility for a Bike Trail Connector to and around campus.

WSU Sustainability Welcomes 2014-15!

WSU Sustainability Welcomes 2014-15!

As you arrive or return to campus this for the start of Fall Semester 2014, be sure you look around campus.

Look around as you come on to campus and as you walk from class to class. In addition to even more recycle containers around campus, we now have 2 Zip Cars.



And two new charging stations for EV's (electric vehicles) in 2 locations.

So look around, check out what's taking place on campus. Watch the progress of the new buildings going up. Take time this fall to take a relaxing hike on one of the many trails in our beautiful two hundred acres of Woods that are right on campus.


One good way for you to have your own adventures is to Get Involved! Join a club, make new friends, do community service projects. Be sure to let us know what other Green Initiatives you'd like to see on campus and let us know:




August is Here and We're Overgrowin!

We're just getting past the middle of the growing season and all our veggies and fruits are ready to be picke! We've donated everything from cucumbers, potatoes, watermelons, tomatoes, and kale to the Dayton Good Neighbor House Food Pantry: a grand total of 100 pounds of produce!

Volunteers are always welcome. If you're interested in helping us harvest, donate veggies, or weed the garden feel free to e-mail our sustainability intern Lindsey at

If you have any questions for the Dayton Good Neighbor House you can call them at (937) 224-3003 or visit them at 627 East First Street Dayton, Ohio 45402.

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Have You Noticed Our New Signs?

Image of SignThat's right, one of our front beds is filled with plants generously donated by Chartwells here on campus. They will be tending to the garden throughout the season and in honor of that we had new signs made for them. The garden itself is starting to really pick up and we'll be making our first donations very soon.

Donations just don't go to the pantry here on campus, but to the Dayton Food Pantry as well.

If you know of another pantry in the Fairborn area of would like to donate some food yourself, send us an e-mail. Also, let us know if you'd like to donate any plants or volunteer for our de-weeding event at:


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Sustainability Events

5th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care

Thursday, March 26 - WSU will be co-hosting the 5th Annual Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care at the Sharonville Convention Center. This yearly event is relevant to not only medical and nursing faculty, staff and students, but also to those involved in engineering and others with interests in sustainable design, construction and operation.

This year, SSHC will feature nationally renowned Health Care expert, Richard (Dick) Jackson, as the keynote speaker. He is a Professor at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a pediatrician, he has served in many leadership positions in both environmental health and infectious disease with the California Health Department, including the highest as the State Health Officer. For nine years he was Director of the Center for Disease Control's National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta and received the Presidential Distinguished Service award. In October, 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. The symposium has clinical and infrastructure panels as well.

More detailed information and a registration link can be found at:

"Growing Cities" Local Food Film at the Neon Theater!

Join us May 2nd 3:00 p.m. for the screening of "Growing Cities", a film about urban farming in America. This documentary examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power local food grown in cities has to revitalize our communities and change the way we think about food and eat.

Contact Linda Ramey ( for details and ticket information.

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