Learn about KSU's ongoing sustainability initiatives through this inaugural e-newsletter.
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Hello and thanks for reading Kennesaw State University’s (KSU) first-ever sustainability e-newsletter! We are proud to say that KSU is increasingly becoming a leader in sustainability, thanks to the many student, staff and faculty-led initiatives across both campuses.

In fact, it can be hard to keep up with all the different sustainability initiatives at KSU. We hope this newsletter makes it easier for interested members of KSU’s community to stay informed and get involved with different sustainability projects on- and off-campus.

We plan to send this newsletter out on a bi-monthly basis. Each newsletter will highlight a student club or activity, a faculty project, and a staff initiative, as well as upcoming events and tips on conserving resources.

Our inaugural edition provides an overview on the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, recent recycling efforts by Housing and Residence Life, KSU’s first cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows, and successful student projects. Read on to learn more!
Photo credit: Dr. RC Paul.
About the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
KSU’s Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability is located in Norton Hall (R2) on Marietta campus; however, we work with multiple colleges and departments across both campuses.

The Office houses Sustainability Director, Dr. RC Paul, who works under Academic Affairs on curriculum development, faculty engagement, and reporting requirements. He serves on numerous committees, including the Presidential Commission on Sustainability, and teaches “Sustainability at KSU” every spring.

In addition, Jennifer Wilson joined in January 2016 under the Division of Facilities Services. She works on a range of operational initiatives, including monitoring and reducing energy consumption, improving recycling, expanding alternative commuting, and managing outreach efforts.

Look for us at the following upcoming events: the Benefits Fair (10/20), which we'll be tabling with Georgia Commute Options; the Fall Festival (10/26), where we'll be hosting sustainability tours, and the Alternative Work Schedule Policy Training (Nov. 17). Also, look for updates on Master Plan presentations in Inform (date TBD),

Want to learn more? Stop by Norton, check out or send us an email - we’d love to meet you! 
KSU Housing hosts recycling, swap-shop

This summer, University Housing partnered with Residence Life, the CARE Center, Volunteer KSU, and the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability to host two successful recycling events.

Students moving out in July participated in a “swap shop” in which they brought items that they no longer wanted (i.e. clothes, appliances, books, and hygiene products) to a common space. Interested students could take anything left behind by others. The CARE Center collected the remaining items and donated them to MUST Ministries. As a result of the Swap Shop, CARE kept reusable items out of the landfill and donated goods to students and others in need.

During move-in, University Housing provided cardboard recycling at all residence halls. Volunteers staffed the dumpsters to breakdown cardboard boxes and prevent contamination. Thanks to these efforts, we recycled tons of cardboard which otherwise would have ended up in the landfill.
Photo credits (L-R): Jennifer Wilson (cardboard recycling) and Marcy Stidum (Swap Shop.)
Meet KSU’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows

This fall, KSU welcomed its first cohort of Sustainability Faculty Fellows. Under this one-year fellowship, select faculty will focus on sustainability research, curriculum development, and projects. This program was made possible thanks to The Office of Academic Affairs and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

This program was launched by KSU’s Sustainability Director, Dr. RC Paul, and builds on his annual faculty workshop: Sustainability Across the Curriculum. Below is a list of this year’s Sustainability Faculty Fellows and a brief summary of their proposed projects.

unded by The Office of Academic Affairs:
  • Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman: Developing an inaugural platform for student presentations on proposed sustainability initiatives for KSU (aka “Owl Planet Projects”), and identifying other ways to further integrate sustainability topics into coursework and research.
  • Ed Akins: Overseeing the launch of LEED Lab, a “multidisciplinary immersion course that utilizes the built environment to educate ... green building leaders.” Through a partnership between KSU’s College of Architecture and Construction Management and Agnes Scott, students will complete Existing Building Operation and Maintenance LEED certification for an actual private-sector building, will be able to add practical experience to their portfolios, and will be better equipped to pursue professional credentials relevant to future employment.
  • Dr. Maria Kalamas Hedden: Developing a Green Marketing Course that will be offered through the Department of Marketing and Professional Sales, Coles College of Business. The course will expose students to sustainability in business and to specific opportunities and challenges marketers will face with regards to "green" issues. 
Funded by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Dr. Pegah Zamani: Seeking to bridge the gap between theoretical design and practical performance of sustainable systems through on-campus case studies and projects; specifically, students will consult with staff from the Division of Facilities Services to design a site plan utilizing green infrastructure as part of an elective course “Ecological Design: Diversity and Complexity.”
  • Dr. Roneisha Worthy: Developing the “ecoPartners Program”, a network of KSU volunteers, to proactively address equity issues by collectively training environmental change agents from diverse backgrounds to advocate for equitable and environmentally-sound decision-making and behaviors at the university level.
Left to right: Ed Akins, Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman, Dr. R.C. Paul, Dr. Roneisha Worthy, and Jennifer Wilson (Sustainability Coordinator). Not pictured: Maria Kalamas and Pegah Zamani.
Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Recognizes KSU

KSU is a founding member of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network (GCSN), a coalition of public and private colleges and universities throughout Georgia. GCSN hosts semi-annual conferences to help campus representatives learn from one another, network, and highlight their successes. Not only did KSU staff, faculty, and students attend the Fall 2016 conference at Emory University, but several sessions highlighted the innovative work taking place at KSU. 

Geography major Hannah Knab presented KSU’s Sustainability Map, which highlights sustainability features on both campuses, such as energy efficient buildings, renewable energy installations, EV charging stations, bike trails, and sustainable dining amenities. Chrissy Rubel, a Theater major and Environmental Studies minor, won the student poster competition for her presentation on the Green Ambassadors Program, a student-led awareness program on KSU’s sustainability initiatives.

Sustainability Faculty Fellows presented on their projects and the ways in which they hoped this program would have an enduring impact on curriculum development and research opportunities at KSU.

Photo credit: Chrissy Rubel.
Green Ambassadors Program

In the fall of 2016, Chrissy Rubel launched the Green Ambassadors program, an initiative in which students provide sustainability education through classroom presentations and on-campus tours. Chrissy, an intern with the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability, developed the program materials and is currently piloting this program on both campuses. She has already presented to more than 600 students and has led five campus sustainability tours.

Please contact Chrissy Rubel at to learn about serving as a Green Ambassador, to schedule a classroom visit, or to arrange for a campus tour

Photo credit: Dr. Vanessa Slinger-Friedman.
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