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Kent State Names Melanie Knowles As Its First Sustainability Manager

Posted Oct, 5, 2009

Kent State University recently hired its first manager of sustainability, Melanie Knowles. Knowles will guide the university in becoming more sustainable in its operations, education and community interactions. She will work closely with Kent State's Sustainability Task Force and serve the entire university community.

"Melanie Knowles possesses a strong commitment to sustainability as evidenced by her educational and professional experiences," said Tom Euclide, Kent State associate vice president for facilities planning and operations and sustainability task force co-chair. "She brings an understanding of the challenges facing northeast Ohio and the skill-set needed to drive university sustainability initiatives."

Knowles holds a dual bachelor of arts in anthropology and economics from Miami University and a master of environmental science from the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Miami University. She has worked in northeast Ohio for several years, most notably for the Cleveland Green Building Coalition.

Euclide said as the sustainability manager, Knowles will be responsible for identifying potential areas of improvement, developing and implementing programs and measuring the programs for results.

Knowles said she is looking forward to collaborating with individuals and groups on campus and in the community to decrease the university's carbon footprint, increase energy- and cost-savings and further education about sustainability.

"Kent State University and its community is a diverse and exciting work environment," Knowles said. "I am going to draw heavily upon collaboration because there are so many people and groups with the ideas and energy needed to positively impact the university."

In her new role, Knowles plans to set forth short-, medium- and long-term goals to improve Kent State's sustainability.

Two of Knowles' proposed short-term goals include examining Kent State recycling programs and participating in an energy-savings competition coordinated by the University System of Ohio for residence halls throughout the state.

Euclide said that through the creation of the position of sustainability manager and through the hiring of Knowles, Kent State is strengthening its commitment to becoming a leader in sustainability.

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Media Contacts:
Melanie Knowles, mknowle1@kent.edu, 330-672-8039
Tom Euclide, teuclide@kent.edu, 330-672-9622
Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595