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Our results for the Energy Competition and RecycleMania 2014

recycle mania logoIt's the moment you've all been waiting for, our final standing in the RecycleMania competition. Our weekly recycling rate ended in a total of 34.2%. We were 86 out of 256 competing schools across the nation! Not only did we improve greatly from our standing last year but we managed to make it to the top 100. Wright State University went Green while going for gold this year.

The Office of Sustainability extends Congratulations to everyone who participated and especially to the organizations who make this competition possible for us: RecycleMania, Rumpke, Physical Plant, and especially Gina Reese, Custodial Manager and her Crew!

WSU Wellness Fair

livingwell logoSpeaking of keeping our campus green and healthy, we had a lot of people come out to the Wright State Employee Wellness Fair. Not just to see the Community Garden Table but to see Environmental Health and Safety, Chartwells, and many other cool informational booths. We noticed that a lot of people stopping by asked similar questions regarding the Campus Community Garden. Some questions had to do with Organic Gardening Practices that not only impact environmental health but personal health as well. Needless to say eating a balanced diet that includes a variety of meats, fruits, and veggies is essential to a healthy lifestyle. When our garden produce is donated to food pantries, it allows people to eat healthy despite present income levels and food insufficiencies.

The Community Garden has now been fully planted and we have a special addition this season. Chartwells asked to use one of the beds this season to raised herbs and produce for their catering operation. They've planted the bed and will tend it this summer. Their bed has a variety of tomatoes, cilantro, basil and other herbs. So, be sure to say "Hi!" when you see us working in the garden and if you see someone from Chartwells thank them for their contribution. We certainly appreciate their support.

For those of you interested in volunteering events contact us as:

Interested in local food markets? Check out this link (PDF):

Zip Cars: Car Sharing is Now on Campus!

WSU has recently partnered with Zip Car Inca car sharing corporation that helps students, staff, faculty, and local community members get around 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is a cost-effective way run errands or to get to the doctor’s office from campus. No need to drive to campus, waste gas and time hunting for parking. Zip Cars are both convenient and cost effective.

Reservations can be made at any time and members can join for a one-time fee of just $25!

Read more to get the complete story as well as find out where to sign up >>

Departments of Economics and History to present "Environmental Crises: History, Economics, and Politics"

Wright State University is hosting an interdisciplinary symposium April 4th, 2014, on Environmental Crises: History, Economics, and Politics.

All too often academics' analyses of environmental issues are confined to the narrow bounds of individual disciplines. In an effort to address this challenge, the symposium will bring together scholars from a range of fields in an effort to explore issues of environmental problems at the intersections of urban and rural concerns, and to discuss their scholarship with a diverse audience. Symposium speakers and their topics include:

  • Joyce Barry, Hamilton College (Women's Studies Department), "Gender and Climate Change: Lessons from the Movement to End Mountaintop Removal"
  • Rachel Belz, Ohio Citizen Action, on local environmental activism
  • Harold Perkins, Ohio University (Geography Department), "Consent to Neoliberal Hegemony through Coercive Urban Environmental Governance"
  • Helen Scharber, Hampshire College (Economics Department), "Are We Poisoning the Most Vulnerable? Race and Pollution Exposure among Infants in the U. S."

Presentations and a roundtable-audience discussion will take place 1:30-5:30pm, in the Student Union Discovery Room (163). The event is open to the public, refreshments will be provided, and no registration fee is charged. The sponsors especially encourage participation by regional faculty, students, and the broader public.

Sponsors: Raj Soin College of Business; Office of Sustainability, Office of the President; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Mathematics; Honors Program; History Department; ODE, WSU Chapter; Economics Department.

View flyer (PDF) »

Updates on RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals competitions:

WSU's Current Standings Improve! We’re at the halfway point in RecycleMania this year and our current standing is 91 out of 247 schools in the competition. Our total weekly recycling rate percentage is now 32.9%. That’s 1.04% higher than Wright State's recycling rate at the end of the competition last year! We want would to thank everyone for good recycling efforts and to encourage great continuing participation.

But we’re not done! We still have five more weeks to go. Remember to recycle as much as possible and help WSU Go for Gold this year. Not sure what can and can’t be recycled? Look what can be recycled >>

For regular updates on our current school ranking and to see our progression from last year, visit WSU's profile on RecycleMania’s Website

Curious about CCN Campus Conservation Nationals?
Here’s recent Standings:


Interested in volunteering for events? Questions about RecycleMania? Campus Conservation Nationals? Upcoming Green Sustainable Labs Week events? E-mail us at

Thanks again and keep up the Good Recycling and Energy Conservation Efforts!

New for 2014—Campus Conservation Nationals begins Feb. 24!

We are competing for the first time in the Campus Conservation Nationals. CCN is a 3-week competition that will pit our buildings against each other to conserve electricity usage. Competition begins February 24 and ends March 15. Total energy savings will also be used in the nationwide competition with a chance to win a free Energy Dashboard.

Introducing Safe, Green Labs

Coming Soon! A new shade of Green! Wright State’s Green Labs initiative—Safe Sustainable Labs Did you know that laboratories use 4-5 times more energy than an office space per square foot? Green your lab and display your efforts. Learn how to conserve energy and water use, reduce hazardous waste, recycle materials, purchase green, and stay safe.

Mar 24-28 is Eco-Raiders Safe Sustainable Labs Awareness Week.

Learn what an Eco-Raider is (PDF) >>

Looking Back Over the Summer!

Fall, 2013

Hope you all had an excellent summer and that Fall Semester is going well so far! I know I certainly did. Dr. Ramey and I did a lot in the summer months. From the building and planting of the additional plots in our community garden to Food Pantry donations. We were even interviewed and featured in the Dayton Daily News!
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What was perhaps the biggest challenge we had though, was the trail maintenance project. I wouldn't have been able to do it without the help of ROTC and the Grounds Crew here at WSU. Thanks to them we managed to clean up the trails and fix the main bridge. 

Woods I also worked with a group of student workers from the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office on an electronic map of the trails in the WSU Woods. You can access the map at WSU Woods Trails via The more time I spent in the woods, the more I appreciate what a unique asset they are to our campus. I am taking this opportunity to learn as much as possible about the Biology Preserve and get out into the Woods to relax and enjoy their beauty this Fall.

Here's what I found out (PDF) >>

If anyone is interested, we will be harvesting and cleaning up the Community Garden soon for the WSU Food Pantry. If you'd like to volunteer make sure to send us an e-mail at:

Remember to take advantage of the warm weather while it lasts by spending a little time every day outside. Here's to another great year at WSU!

Lindsey Millsaps
"Gifts of Inspiration," Sustainability Intern

What an Improvement...

July 26, 2013

Recycle ContainersA Big Thank You to those who stepped up to meet the Challenge!

There are 30 new green and black recycle containers in place now outside building entrances in the core of main campus. Last summer, we placed 50 identical containers around the perimeter of campus and now we’ve completed the task.
See previous information from Summer 2012 >>

During the Spring 2013 semester, Dr. Ramey, Associate Director, Office of Sustainability headed up a "Thirty more! Challenge" using her "Gifts of Inspiration" funds as seed money and several Deans and others stepped up and met the challenge. A Thank you also goes out to Kevin Watson and Gina Reese for help with ordering and Mike Coyle and the Grounds Crew for placing the containers around the main part campus.

A big round of applause and Thank You’s go out to all listed below who contributed:

  • Thomas Sudkamp, Ph.D., Vice President for Curriculum
  • R. William Ayres, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Graduate School
  • Charlotte Harris, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education and Human Services
  • Lang Hong, Ph.D., Interim Dean, of College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Joanne Li, Ph.D., Dean, Raj Soin College of Business
  • Yi Li, , Ph.D., Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
  • Rosalie Mainous, Ph.D., Dean, College of Nursing and Health
  • Kristin Sobolik, Ph.D., Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Linda Ramey, Ph.D., Associate Director of The Office of Sustainability
  • Mr. Hunt Brown, Director of the Office of Sustainability
  • Mr. Jeff Trick, Director of Physical Plant

Thanks to everyone who helped this improvement to campus happen and remember to Always—Reach Right to Recycle!

The Campus Community Garden in Full Bloom

June 14, 2013

Have You Seen the Garden Lately?

Garden PhotoIf you haven't had a chance, make it a point to stop by the Community Garden located behind Russ Engineering Center and the Student Union. It’s a great spot to watch the progress of the new NEC building that will be started this summer. We have peas, beans, kale, lettuce, onions, cabbage, radishes, melons, squash and potatoes are in coming on strong. Produce grown in the garden goes to the local WSU Food Pantry to help feed those in need on campus.

Even after a rather large donation, the garden is almost overstocked in lettuce and kale! If you know of a (relatively) local food pantry that could use a few bags of fresh green veggies, talk to me when you see me in the garden or contact me by e-mail.

Volunteers helping with harvesting lettuce and kale for WSU Food Pantry. Volunteers helping with harvesting lettuce and kale for WSU Food Pantry.



Lindsey Millsaps "Gifts of Inspiration" Sustainability Intern    

Earth Day 2013 and so much to report

Apr 23, 2013

Final Presidential Lecture Speaker for 2012-2013, Van Jones
Last week we were so fortunate to have Green Energy, Green Economy Expert, Van Jones come to campus as the final Presidential Lecture Speaker for 2012-2013. Everyone in attendance will testify that Van Jones presented common sense solutions for economic and energy problems that face our country now and in the future. He was very generous and sincere in conversations with WSU students and everyone who met him at the reception. Those who are understand the impact of the present U.S. energy policies would benefit from reading his best selling book "Green Collar Economy" The Green Collar Economy Solution or a visit to

Campus Community Garden Grows!
Then on Saturday, we had a great crew of volunteers come out to more than double the size of the Campus Community Garden to increase our capacity to grow fresh produce and herbs for the WSU Friends Food Pantry A HUGE Thank You goes out to Bev Denlinger, Mary Jane Walling, John Przybyla, Lindsey Millisaps, Benjamin Virnstin, Araya Gay and Kenny Johnson.

Check out all of the photos from start to finish >>

The wood came from Deconstruct Dayton again this year so it is repurposed, saving trees and embodied energy costs.

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RecycleMania 2013 Final Results are in!
WSU placed 5th in Ohio and placed 105 out of 274 with a 32% recycling to trash ratio. This is very remarkable given that the competition was tougher than ever. A 32% diversion rate is something to be proud of, for this year, and its also the bar we’ve set to surpass in 2014.

Celebrate the Earth all April at Wright State

Apr 09, 2013

Earth Day 2013 may be Monday, April 22, but there are many ways students, faculty and staff can celebrate Mother Nature and sustainability at Wright State University all month long.

“There’s really a bunch of stuff going on and it’s both heartening and encouraging,” said Linda Ramey, Ph.D., associate director of sustainability.


2013 RecycleMania Week 6 Results in

Mar 29, 2013

We are coming into the Final Week of this year's RecycleMania competition. We need to give our numbers in the standings a Real Boost!

Week 6 results show WSU Main Campus at 117 out of 266 participating universities in the overall rankings Of the 15 schools in Ohio, WSU is right in the middle in 7th place.

Reach Right, Recycle, everything you can, as much as you can! Increase the amount of waste that is recycled rather than land-filled. Remember—Reach Right, Recycle!

RecycleMania 2013 is here!

Feb 05, 2013

That's right, RecycleMania 2013 is starting and WSU is once again participating in this national college campus recycling competition. Wright State will be competing against hundreds of other schools from across the country in a several recycling challenge categories.

Not sure what you can recycle on campus? Find out what can go in our co-mingled recycle containers >>

Welcome Our New Sustainability Intern!

Dec 19, 2012

As one of the "Gifts of Inspiration? from the National Office Furniture funds that were awarded to WSU, we have an internship in sustainability education. There were several viable candidates for the position, with responsibilities ranging from office work to gardening. Here's what Lindsey has to say about herself and her interest in her new role:

My name is Lindsey Dianne Millsaps and I am currently working as the environmental sustainability intern. Growing up in Tipp City, I have always been fascinated with wildlife, particularly animals and the effect of environmental factors on their survival rate and what adaptations they develop. That's why I chose to major in Biological Sciences (with a focus in zoology) at Wright State and to apply for the internship under Dr. Ramey's guidance, I believe the environment, as an integral part of our well-being, deserves our protection and proper respect.

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Updated Sustainability Reading List

Oct 30, 2012

Being Green, Making Sustainable Choices=Being Informed. Check out the newest books on sustainable topics on the updated sustainability reading list (PDF) >>

Final Update on 2012 Campus Community Gardening Efforts

Oct 12, 2012

Fall is here and that means the end of the 2012 growing season. As we put the pick the last of the produce (including several pounds of green tomatoes!)

from the Campus Community Garden, we have to stop and think about all of the great comments from folks around campus. It is also a time to think back on the entire project from the building on the vegetable garden bed on March 31st to the first plantings to the ground hog devastation day to the replanting and re-growth. Now it is time to put the garden to bed for winter. Plans are already underway for expanding the garden next year.

I had an opportunity to see the Lake Campus Community Garden in person a couple of weeks ago and to taste the delicious vegetable stew that they cooked from their last harvest. Amazing what they have done with the generosity and dedication of many WSU Lake Campus volunteers! Amazing is also the best word to describe their garden space. And Amazing the amount of produce (hundreds of pounds) they donated to community food pantries. Great Job—We, on main campus, are garden green with envy!!!

Read more/view photos (PDF) >>

So, lessons learned from our first year and big plans for next year. Thank you to all who helped out with the garden. Special Thanks to Adam French, our Gardening Guru. Here at Campus Community Garden with Cathy Sayer.
Best of luck, Adam, as you graduate and begin your engineering career.

"Gift of Inspiration" awarded to Wright State University

Oct 4, 2012

In late April 2012, Dr. Linda Ramey entered the National Office Furniture contest that provides $25,000 to an educational institution. In mid-September, Dr. Ramey received a phone call informing her that her entry had won the random contest drawing. On October 3, six National Office Furniture executives visited to award the check and tour campus. The funds will be used for a wide variety of sustainability projects including a sustainability internship, expansion of the campus community garden and student "greening our campus" research projects.

Watch for a New Recycle Container Challenge so we can purchase more of those great new containers for high traffic areas of campus.

Check out the newsroom story >>

Mad River Bike Trail-Extension!

Sept 7, 2012

Great news for commuters and recreational cyclists alike: ground has been broken and construction begun on the extension of the Mad River Recreation Bike Trail. Currently, the 2.6 mile trail runs along the Mad River, connecting downtown Dayton's Great Miami River Trail at Webster Street to Eastwood MetroPark. The extension, scheduled to be completed this fall, will add 3.5 miles of trail from its current terminal at Eastwood MetroPark to Huffman MetroPark and the Wright Brothers-Huffman Prairie Bike Trail. This relatively small section of additional trail has huge implications! Not only will MoMBA, MetroParks Mountain Bike Area now be assessable by bike from downtown, but Wright State University and Wright Patterson Air Force Base will have a safe and reliable bike connection to the rest of the 330 miles of trails in the Miami Valley.

New Recycle Containers Around Campus

Aug 24, 2012

"There's a lot more Green going on! Take a Look around Campus—50 New Recycle Containers. "Reach Right to Recycle!"

Learn more (PDF)→

Campus Community Gardens Lookin' Good!

Jul 3, 2012

If you haven't visited the Campus Community Garden or the Garden of the Senses lately, you are missing out on a treat. We've heard dozens of positive comments from all over campus and by visitors to WSU campus this summer. They just love that we have these gardens on campus and how nice they look. Both of the garden sites are favorites for lunch and break times visits.

The vegetable garden is full of many different varieties of tomatoes, onions, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, kale and peppers. These are mostly heirloom and/or organic plants grown from seeds by folks on campus. We want to thank the many campus volunteers who have helped out lately—Mary Jane Walling for several plants and helping to apply blood meal critter deterrent (sorry about the overspray, MJ!); Bev Denlinger for donating garden stakes and deer deterrent; emeritus Bella Bognar for plants and seeds; Chris Hall for several interesting tomato plants; and Jim Hannah for help with planting and donating Fish Pepper seeds. Just let Adam French, our dedicated VISTA Summer Associate for the Campus Community

Gardens or me, Linda Ramey know your questions so you can learn more about the plants that are in the Garden (located at the rear of Russ/Joshi/the Student Union near the outside ramp leading to the pool). We also need to thank Chris Wadham for helping us figure out a do-able way to water the garden—lugging buckets of water or dragging 200' hose from the pool area was just too much!

The mission of the Campus Community Gardens is both to supply produce to the WSU Food Pantry and Feed Fairborn as well as to educate about locally grown healthy food. We are working with students at two Mini U locations, the Summer Programs Discovery Campers, Dining Services, and others to teach about plants, community gardening, healthy foods and more. We will have more news about some fun cooking events as the produce ripens. Last week, at the Campus Picnic, we had several visitors to the garden, many good questions and more favorable comments. We've lost count of how many people want to know how and when we will expand the Veggie Garden, so there's more growing to do!

On the other side of campus, the Garden of the Senses is located between Allyn Hall and the Woods Residential Housing area (just north of the Interfaith Chapel construction site). This is an established garden that needed some TLC. Mike Coyle and his Grounds Crew have been key to this revitalization. Mark Violet, the official keeper of the Garden, has been a problem-solver and a huge help with watering hoses, mulch and more. One other Thank You goes to Prof. Stefan Chinov in the Sculpture Department. Mr. Chinov donated several granite stones, that Jack Hockett from the Grounds Crew put in place. These huge stones help protect the plants when the hoses get moved and they provide a few places to sit while adding to the look and feel of the Garden of the Senses. Curious how the WSU Sculpture Department had granite to donate? There's another interesting story we'll share when we see you in the Gardens.

Read more about the Garden of the Senses→

The Campus Community Garden is up and growing!

May 17, 2012

Just walk between the pool in the Student Union and Joshi/Russ Engineering Buildings and you'll see our funky garden site. There are potatoes and tomatoes, onions and leeks, kale and pepper plants, and green bean sprouts that are about to pop out of the soil. The list of donations, supporters, helpers and folks who stop by to ask questions is very long and growing.

Also, be sure to check out the revitalization efforts going on in the Garden of the Senses. This green oasis on the west edge of campus is coming along nicely too. The Garden of the Senses will once again be a nice spot to relax in the shade, have some iced tea or enjoy your lunch.

Thanks to all of those who have helped out!

We still have a long way to go but the gardens are in place and with the help of two VISTA Summer Associates, we will keep them going and growing this summer and into the fall.

To get on our list of Volunteers, contact

Read news article→

Earth Day Photo Contest RESULTS!

May 1, 2012

It was a very close competition but our eight excellent judges have reached a decision on the numerous Earth Day 2012 Photo Contest entries. We have many talented photographers who captured very creative and interesting views of nature this Spring on both Lake Campus and Main Campus. Likewise, our judges who selected the winning photos represented a diverse group of WSU staff, faculty, students, retirees, and community members. Take a look!

Earth Day 2012 Photo Contest Results

1st place—Kyle Davis"Under the Weather"
2nd placeMoner Ragas"Veins & Arteries"
3rd placeEmily Polander"Wooded Path"

Runners Up:
"Spider"Chelsea Hall
"White Flowers" Tina Vasilescu
"Dandelion"Jeannette Loyer
"Lake Beauty" Ellyn Polander

Honorable Mention:
Lake Campus"Lake View"— Russell Kerfoot
WSU Woods—"Little Wonders"Amanda Phillips
Interesting Perspective"Tall Pines"Jessica Herbst
Nighttime Residents"Deer on Campus"Paul Downing
Dramatic Scene"Pines at Night" Jean Goettemoeller

See photos→

Earth Day Photo Gallery

April 30, 2012

Whether you took a walk in the Wright State Woods, pitched in during the Army ROTC Campus cleanup or did something green on your own, you were not alone. Wright State was buzzing with sustainability activity during Earth Day week.

See photos→

Earth Day Week 2012 - Here We Go!

April 11, 2012

There's a full slate of events planned on campus for Earth Day Week 2012. There are many opportunities to get involved:

  • A walk in the WSU Woods
  • Attend the screening of "Call of the Scenic River"
  • Commit to your own Green Action on
Earth Day is a reminder that we're not the owners, we just lease some space and that we share Earth with other living things on this wonderful planet. Show that you care for our Earth-home by living for tomorrow as well as today.

Think and Act Sustainably - Earth Day, Every Day!

There are so many opportunities to get involved. Check out all the events happening on and around campus (PDF)→

Leaving town for spring break? Save money and make friends by sharing a ride with Wright State Zimride!!

March 9, 2012

Zimride makes it easy to share the seats in your car or catch a lift. And if you add your ride before spring break, you'll be automatically entered to win a brand new iPad (the latest version)!

This year, make your spring break even more social. Share a ride with Wright State Zimride!

Post a ride→

More Results in for RecycleMania!

March 9, 2012

The Recent Results are in!

Grand Champion Competition - WSU ranked 36 out of 240 Universities enrolled in this Category

#1 in Horizon League Wright State University-Main Campus with a 46.53% Recycling Rate.

And # 3 in Ohio
1. Stark State College of Technology ranked 7th with 69.78% recycling rate
2. Marietta College ranked 28th with 48.50 recycling rate
3. Wright State University-Main Campus ranked 36th with 46.53 recycling rate

Read more→

The votes are cast—Photo Contest Gallery Display a Big Hit!

February 6, 2012

The "Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest Gallery Display has now ended and just in case you missed it here are attendees' comments:

thank you photo collage

As the plans come together for updating the WSU Tunnel system signage, we will have a scavenger hunt using the winning photos as "landmarks" on permanent display as a way to familiarize folks with those sometimes confusing but convenient Tunnels.

Be sure to watch for upcoming details about the next photo contest this spring as part of our WSU Earth Day Week Celebration.

RecycleMania Update

February 2, 2012

Last year, Wright State University placed 113 out of 288 college campuses in the national RecycleMania Tournament. Help us win this year by recycling materials on campus!

Acceptable Items (PDF)→
Print off the flyer and post it near your nearest recycle container.

Food Deserts in Dayton

Januuary 30, 2012

WSU Newsroom highlights comments of professor about problems with scarcity of fresh, healthy foods in urban areas—area residents live in food wastelands. Learn more in the Dayton Daily News article that spotlights the problem of Food Deserts in the Dayton area. 78-000-area-residents-live-in-food-wastelands

More Connections to Water, Scenic Rivers, the U.S. EPA - MOU signing

Januuary 27, 2012

Water in essential to life and our way of life and the work to preserve our water resources in the Miami Valley was recently recognized by the U.S. EPA. WSU signs Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. EPA


We're in the WSU News Again!

Januuary 9, 2012

The story about the "The Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest came in #10 for 2011 and now the Gallery Reception for the winning pictures is in the news. The photos are on display during January in the Student Union Gallery, so check it out.

View article→

Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest Winning Photos on Exhibit

Januuary 4, 2012

All through January the winning photos are on display in the Student Union Gallery so be sure to stop by. Take in the natural beauty on our campus as capture by 12 very talented students from just about every major across campus.

Check out who won→

Wright State University is a Groundwater Guardian Green Site!

November 21, 2011

The Miami Conservancy District helps communities and universities that operate highly managed green spaces to become Groundwater Guardian Green Sites with practices that protect groundwater resources. Good groundwater and environmental stewardship are recognized by The Groundwater Foundation which sponsors the Groundwater Guardian Green Site program.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites are places with lots of green space—like municipal parks; golf courses; ball fields; educational campuses; and residential, recreational, and office parks—that implement groundwater and surface water friendly practices to maintain the site. To earn this exclusive designation, Wright State University documented groundwater-friendly practices related to fertilizer and pesticide use, water use, pollution prevention, water quality, and environmental stewardship.

Find out more→

Successful Adopt-A-Highway

November 16, 2011

Another successful Adopt-A-Highway Event was held on November 5.

Learn more (PHOTO)→

What's in a Name?

November 14, 2011

What's in a Name? EAG is recycling their more fun, catchy name. They once again...Gang Green: the WSU Environmental Action Group. Same mission but a name that is easy to remember.  Go Green, join Gang Green.

"Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest

October 7, 2011

WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Check out who won→

Dozens of Terrific Photos submitted for the "Get Outside and Click" Photo contest. Now the panel of judges will have a tough time choosing the winners. Finalists will be contacted soon. Watch for the winning photos here. A photo gallery exhibition is planned for Winter quarter.

Here's your chance to get outside and explore Wright State University's campus. Find your favorite spot in nature, click and enter your photo in the "Get Outside and Click" Photo Contest sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and EAG.

Learn more→

Environmental Action Group

September 7, 2011

The Environmental Action Group, also known as Gang Green, is the Wright State University org that works closely with the Office of Sustainability to actively promote learning, living and acting in sustainable ways. More information is available on OrgSync. Upcoming EAG events and meetings will be posted here on the Office of Sustainability website.

Even Easier to Get Around!

September 1, 2011

New Greene CATS Service #60—Enhanced Demand Response transit in the Fairborn-WSU-northern Beavercreek corridor, starting September 6, 2011.

Learn more→

Welcome Freshman

August, 2011

We are glad to see all of the new faces joining the campus community this fall. And we say Welcome Back! to those familiar faces here on the Wright State Campus.

The Office of Sustainability website is your "Go TO" place for Green News and Events, Resources and more.

Learn more→

Master Plan Update

June, 2011

Recently, the Campus Master Plan that was approved by the Wright State University Board of Trustees. Look at the first 50 pages to see the history of the process since it started. Pages 52 - 60 outlines of the implementation plan that was approved by the Board of Trustees.

Learn more→

Check out the Free Bookmarks at the Dunbar Libraries and The Sustainability and Environmental Summer 2011 Reading List—Literally, Check them out!

June 20, 2011

Many of the books and DVD’s on this list are award winners and best sellers by top authors. There is something here for everyone—history buffs to business majors, engineers to ecologists and even some for the younger crowd. There’s even DVD’s if you don’t feel like reading today. Be sure to check out the entire list for interesting reading for this summer and beyond!

Learn more→

Move Out Day 2011 Results

June 20, 2011

A Big Thank You to the Students who Donated—The Move Out 2011 events were a Huge Success! 

Learn more→

Check out the surprising links between U. S. National Security and Long Term Sustainability

May 18, 2011

Our military is a vital and valued emblem of our country. These brave Americans devote their lives to our national security. That means now, as it has in the past, protecting the interests of the American way of life and U.S. assets. Surprisingly, military strategists are finding many links between our national security and the sustainability that may make our nation safer and more secure.

Learn more→

Spring Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup Event

April 30, 2011

On April 30, the Wright State University Office of Sustainability and Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences engaged in their fourth Adopt-A-Highway cleanup along I-675 North near Wright State University between exits for Col. Glenn Hwy. and North Fairfield Road.

Learn more→

The RecycleMania 2011 Final Results are Tallied!

April 25, 2011

Wright State continues to improve in the standings for the RecycleMania competition. Each year since 2006, Wright State has increased the percent of recycling on campus. Of course, this increase translates to less waste going to the landfill and that is a very good thing.

Learn more→

Earth Day 2011 Scheduled Events

April 25, 2011

See what's happening around the Wright State University Campus all week long.

Learn more→

Earth Day Photo Contest Winners

April 22, 2011

View winning photos from the 2011 Wright State University Earth Day photo contest.

Wright State's Zimride Social Network for Ridesharing

April 20, 2011

Wright State Zimride is a new, fun and easy way to coordinate your daily commute with friends, classmates and colleagues or to share rides out of town. Zimride is our private network that makes it easy to share the empty seats in your car or catch a ride with other Wright State faculty, staff, and students.

Learn more→

Recyclemania Update!

April, 2011

RecycleMania Final Results Coming Soon! Just as a sneak peek, we met and exceeded our goal set by Wright State University's recycling Point Person, Gina Reese. Gina, Manager, Custodial Services Physical Plant has entered Wright State University in the RecycleMania event each year since she started here in 2006.

View more information, including locations of recycling containers→

Recyclemania Standings!

April, 2011

In the Grand Champion category Wright State University is ranked #90 out of 288 Universities with cumulative recycling at 34.41%. Just as a reference point, Butler University, a school about 1/4 the size of Wright State, is #24 and recycling at a rate of 50%. In Ohio, Wright State is ranked 7th out of 14 (which might be ok if you want to be average) but Butler is #2 in the state of Indiana. Learn more→

Come on, join the crowd and pitch in—Recycle! Beat Butler!

Recyclemania Competition is Underway!

February, 2011

RecycleMania is here!

What is Recyclemania? Learn more→

Opportunity for Summer Internship

March 2011

The non-profit environmental organization,, is currently looking for summer interns and we would like to get in touch with students to see if they might be interested in working with us.

This summer join the community and become an intern in's 2011 Environmental Leadership Program. This is a rare opportunity for you to develop as a leader and learn many of the skills that are necessary if you want to create significant environmental changes in the future.

Learn more→

A Really Cool Solar Tower on Wright State University Campus—even for a day!

February 11–12, 2011

“The solar tower was a temporary tower built by my senior design students. We put it right outside the engineering building to get some attention. We did get some attention. This was a great bunch of students. The tower converts solar energy to electric energy.  We did produce power, but very little. Solar towers are pretty inefficient devices. Never-the-less it was a very good project”.

—Jim Menart

Learn more, view presentations, and some really cool photos→

Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannet Presentations

February 8–9, 2011

Presidential Lecture Series Speaker Alison Gannett visited the Wright State University campus on Feb. 8–9, 2011.

Alison Gannett is a world-champion big-mountain freeskier, founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation, champion endurance mountain biker, founder of the infamous Rippin Chix Steep Camps, and an award-winning global cooling advocate.

Learn more and view presentations→

IMPORTANT–Take a Look at the Latest on the Campus Master Plan

December 14, 2010

The Wright State University Building and Grounds Committee and an Ad Hoc Faculty Campus Master Plan Committee met several times during the Fall 2010 term in response to the previous University Master Plan Proposals

Please review the final report and look carefully at the graphic on page 2. 

This Final Report will be presented to the University Senate at the January meeting.  We are nearing the end of this Campus Master Plan process so it is important that you stay informed and provide input to your Senate Representative.

How to Actually Keep Those New Year's Resolutions This Year

December 30, 2010

View Dayton Daily News article: How to Actually Keep Those New Year's Resolutions This Year »

PHOTOS: Wright State University Participates in America Recycles Day

November 17, 2010

Wright State University participated in the 2010 America Recycles Day on November 15, 2010. Proudly wearing their "I Recycle, Do U?" t-shirts, students demonstrated how easy it is to toss many items into the Greenspot Recycle containers all over campus. View recycling photos from campus »

Area Colleges Going Green, Saving Millions

November 10, 2010

View Dayton Daily News article: Area Colleges Going Green, Saving Millions »

AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference Overview

October 21, 2010

Returning from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Charged Up (with renewable energy, of course)! Read more about the conference »

PHOTOS: Wright State University Participates in National Solar Tour

October 5, 2010

Wright State University hosted its first National Solar Tour on campus Saturday, October 2. Thanks to our great group of volunteers and representatives who helped out. View photos and presentation from the event »

Wright State University Part of the ASES National Solar Tour

September 28, 2010

Wright State University is hosting a stop on the 2010 Ohio Solar Tour on Sat., Oct. 2, showcasing the array of solar thermal panels atop the Student Union used to help with heating the indoor swimming pool.

Sustainability Moving Forward in the Wright State University Dorms!

September 1, 2010

The Wright State University dorms and the Office of Sustainability, in keeping with the goals of the to make our campus greener, will be implementing programs targeting energy and resource conservation and waste reduction. We will be targeting reduced electricity and water use, as well as increased recycling.

Wright State Signs Sustainability Declaration

May 26, 2010

Wright State University has signed the Talloires Declaration, an action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research and operations at colleges and universities.

Sustainability: Recycling (PDF)

Dialogue, March 2010, page 10

Recycling is has been called the face of sustainability; the perception is that if you are not doing recycling well, you probably are not serious about sustainability. Therefore, we need to do this well.

Wright State Students to Spend Spring Break Working in Appalachia

March 17, 2010

About 20 Wright State University students will be helping Appalachians in southeast Ohio to promote sustainability as part of their service-learning course “Engagement with Appalachia.”

Sustainability: An Introduction

Dialogue, November 2009

The Wright State Strategic Plan (adopted 6-13-2008) includes the following affirmation of the importance of sustainability: Sustainability—the necessity of preserving our planet compels us to weigh the impact of our decisions, both short term and long term.

Diggs Laboratory Awarded LEED Gold Certification

The Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research is rated LEED NC-Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. This prestigious award places Wright State University at the forefront of green building design, since Diggs Laboratory is the first laboratory in Ohio to receive the LEED-NC Gold status.

Ohio's First Master's Degree in Renewable Energy to Fill Statewide Need for Qualified Workers

November 26, 2008

Companies in Ohio are applauding the state's first master's program in clean and renewable energy. Wright State University, the University of Dayton, Central State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) will join forces to start the two-year program.

New Sustainability/Service Learning Course Impacts Honors Students and Faculty Member (PDF)

The Equation, Spring 2008, page 7

Group warns Ohio's future bleak if greenhouse effect is unchecked

Dayton Daily News, December 20, 2007

Brown Named university's first director of sustainability

Dialogue, January 2008

Huntting W. (Hunt) Brown, lecturer and former assistant chair in Wright State’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been named the university’s first director of sustainability. Brown will identify Wright State’s ongoing sustainability efforts, and with faculty, staff and student involvement, explore potential new initiatives.

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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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