What is Sustainability?Sustainable Society Living and operating so that future generations inherit a habitable planet able to support prosperous human activity indefinitelyEnterprise Sustainability “a business approach that creates long-term shareholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks that derive from economic, environmental, and social developments.” - Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes
Why is Sustainability Important?Companies are realizing the benefits of sustainability Companies who invest in sustainability initiatives outperform those who merely follow regulationsOhio State is strategically investing in sustainability From operations, curriculum, to research, OSU is heavily invested in sustainabilityStudents are being recruited for their knowledge of sustainability More and more recruiters are asking about students knowledge of sustainability and how it can help their organization
Sustainability Touches Every DisciplineNo one organization or department owns sustainability Sustainability is inherently interdisciplinary. It is an aspect of almost all majors and all organizations in some wayMany courses offered in sustainability are elective Many of the courses dealing with sustainability aren’t part of the required curriculum, so students don’t get credit for taking these coursesSkills needed are diverse and come from a range of experiences It is difficult to communicate the various experiences one needs to be a leader in sustainability, so often those experiences go misunderstood by recruiters
What are Employers Looking For?“What kind of extra curricular experiencedo you look for when hiring an recentgraduate for a sustainability related job?” “I look for skill. I dont care if you wereMe the president of this club or that. Show me what you did, what you know, and how it will add value to my organization”.The Question: Net Impact How do we give students an experience Board Member which provides meaningful, quantifiable, and rigorous skills in the area of sustainability?
Campus Wide Sustainability CertificateQuantify, manage, and communicate sustainability skills This program will be a way to package all campus related sustainability experience into one aspectOpen to all OSU students Applications will open in April and close late May applicants will be accepted depending on interest and qualificationRadical partnerships All projects, events, workshops, and courses offered at OSU and elsewhere relating to sustainability will count toward the certificate. What can your organization contribute?Student Led, Student Driven Entire certificate program will be administered and ran by student leaders. Student leaders may receive a stipend or conference sponsorship (depending on funding)
Sustainability Certificate ComponentsThe Certificate will have four major components students will have to complete: Theory Practitioner Project LeadershipGiving students Having students Giving students Having studentsthe background experience real the opportunity to lead knowledge to examples of work on and organizations, understand sustainability complete a plan events, and concepts and related initiatives sustainability manage projectsissues related to in related project in in order to build sustainability industry, governm order to gain the leadership through ent, and other practical hands on skills necessary to individual and entities experience in scale their impactmultidisciplinary sustainability perspectives
Sustainability Certificate Program Students will attend, complete, and enroll in approved courses, events, projects, and workshops in order to earn enough points toward their certification: Theory Practitioner Project Leadership• Sustainability • Sustainability • On campus • Be on event course work related site sustainability planning team• Academic visits related project • Be an officer of speakers • Corporate • Service sustainability• Academic sustainability projects related club research speakers • Sustainability • Project• Self study • Industry related projects manager on related for local sustainability conferences businesses project • Internships • Case competitions
Example Certificate Category Activity Points Theory Engineering 694R - Resilience Engineering 4 Honors Thesis on Fraccings Effect on the Environment 7 Book Report on "Hot, Flat, and Crowded" 2 International Poverty Solutions Workshop 1 14 Practitioner Site Visit to Alcoa Plant 3 Site Visit to Quasar Energy 1 APTE Conference 2 Net Impact Green Supply Chain Symposium 2 Green Building Expo at 4-H Center 2 Net Impact Central Yearly Conference (3-day) 5This is an example of a Silver Interview with Josef Fiksel on Resilience 1 16Level Certificate Project Living Labs Recycling on Campus Project 6 ESS Energy Audit Workshop 3 5 Campus Energy Audits 5 Seeds for Social Change Workshop 5There are 4 Levels: Part Time Internship with Algae Ventures 7Certified: 40 Points Member of Solar Decathlon 7 33Silver: 60 Points Leadership VP of Marketing for Students for Recycling 5Gold: 90 Points Planning Team for Sustainability Summit 4 Project Manager for Living Labs Recycling Project 4Platinum: 140 Points 13 Total Points 62 Silver Level of Award
Organizations, Colleges, Departments andother entities send President sustainabilityrelated events, projects, and educational President Organizationalopportunities. StructurePresident then funnelsopportunities to various VPs Theory VP Practitioner VP Leadership VP Project VP Point Allocation Process VPs will get more info on the event, assign points to the opportunity, create a quiz on Carmen, write a brief of the event, and Students will complete the post it onto Carmen. All opportunities will Students in Program various point opportunities be aggregated and sent out each week in a presented by leadership. weekly digest email. They will then go to Carmen and submit a quiz. Students can check progress within the grade function of Carmen.