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Sunday, April 20,2014

OU to host first sustainability awards Tuesday

The Ohio University Office of Sustainability will host the inaugural sustainability recognition awards program this Tuesday, April 22, in the Walter Hall Rotunda from 4-6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public and is being hosted in conjunction with ReUse Industries.

According to a news release, this family-friendly event will include educational displays from local and on-campus environmental organizations, as well as live music performed by the Tempo Tantrums, an Ohio University a cappella organization. Free food and drinks will be provided throughout the event.

Those attending will have the opportunity to hear from Jennifer L'Heureux, a local business owner and potter who will introduce keynote speaker Leslie Schaller, director of programming at ACEnet in Athens. The release said Schaller will speak about the history of the sustainability movement in the region and inspire others to celebrate Earth Day and all that is accomplished as a community.

The Office of Sustainability's Award Ceremony will begin immediately following the keynote address. The release said the recognition program was developed in an effort to recognize OU community members for their contributions to a diverse set of sustainable behaviors on all six of OU's campuses during the fiscal year.

"This year's reception is focused around an awards ceremony and celebration because we realized last year that so many people are already doing great, sustainable programs all year round," Annie Laurie Cadmus, director of sustainability for the university, said in the release.

ReUse Industries will display recycled art pieces and announce their award winners at 6 p.m. Award winners will be awarded a certificate of achievement and a pottery item made by L'Heureux.

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