CORRECTION: The original version of this story misidentified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a green building certification system, as LEAD, a non-profit organization focused on leadership and sustainable development.
By Kelly Doran, CG News
The search is on for a new sustainability coordinator at Ohio University to replace Sonia Marcus, who left the university in January.
Harry Wyatt, OU associate vice president for Facilities Management, is in charge of the hiring process, which began with a national posting for interested applicants. Wyatt said there were approximately 40 applicants, from which he and a search committee have eliminated about 10 applicants.
The search committee was set up by Wyatt in order to help with the selection process.
The committee consists of Wyatt and a mix of faculty and staff, including Associate Professor Geoffrey Buckley of the geography department and Becky Watts, President Roderick McDavis’ chief of staff, as well as students such as Kayla Gaug, minority affairs commissioner for student senate and Carolina Proaño-Castro, an employee of the Office of Sustainability.
“It’s a really good mix of faculty, staff, and students and people who are very interested in promoting sustainability and are knowledgeable about doing that and are passionate about doing that and are really committed about getting a good person on board,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt is currently working with the search committee to narrow down the applicants. Next, they will invite the applicants to visit campus and hold multiple interviews with them.
The applicant needs a good background in sustainability and in communications, Wyatt said. The new sustainability coordinator also needs at least a bachelor’s degree, but a graduate degree is preferred.
Wyatt said it is an advantage if the applicant has experience at an institute of higher education and in managing sustainability projects with students and gaining student interest. It is also an advantage if they have experience and a certification with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, a green building certification system.
The main duty of the sustainability director is to provide leadership and knowledge for OU on sustainability issues. All other duties, such as co-chairing the President’s Advisory Council for Sustainability Planning, directing OU’s Ecohouse project, surveying the staff members of the Office of Sustainability and building relationships with outside agencies, all relate to this main goal.
There is no time frame for the hiring of the new sustainability coordinator, Wyatt said.