Fall '15 OWU Environmental Travel Course to Costa Rica

OWU Alumni | Sarah D'Alexander (’13) | Practicing Sustainability

OWU Awarded $10k Grant to Fund May Move Out Effort

OWU's Vogel Lecture 2015: "Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland"

OWU Alumni | Sarah D’Alexander (’13) | Practicing Sustainability

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Sarah D’Alexander graduated from OWU in 2013 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology with a minor in Spanish.

She realized her interest in sustainability while participating in environmental projects at OWU. After assessing ongoing problems on campus, she began developing her own courses of action to promote greener practices.

OWU’s Vogel Lecture 2015: “Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland”

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In the 60s, Cleveland suffered through violence, spiking crime rates, and a shrinking tax base, as the city lost jobs and population. When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in the summer of 1969, the city was at tis nadir, polluted, and impoverished, struggling to set a new course. Carl Stokes, the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city and his administration set new policies to combat pollution, improve housing and spark downtown development.

Neighbors Object to Proposed Denison University Solar Panels

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One of the often unanticipated challenges of sustainability is the aesthetic. Solar or wind generated energy may be well supported in the abstract, but in practice even people with strong pro-green beliefs may object to having to see solar panels or wind turbines. Denison University is dealing with this issue as they move to install a series of solar panels in the campus’s biological reserve.