Diversity & Collaboration
The Sustainability Institute nurtures an environment where interdisciplinary collaboration and partnerships drive education, research, engagement and solutions for sustainability and resilience challenges. A dedicated team of professionals manages the institute, enabling our faculty to fully utilize the extensive capabilities of the university and our greater community. Our faculty leadership team is comprised of faculty and managers from a spectrum of disciplines who are devoted to the support of collaborative research on sustainability and resilience.
Sustainability is an inherently interdisciplinary topic that transcends any single academic unit, discipline or sector. Sustainability and resilience research draws from the natural, social, medical and engineering sciences, and humanities, as well as from public health, policy, business and law. It’s grounded in earth, environmental and ecosystem sciences.
Sustainability researchers at Ohio State are investigating: What factors and trends reshape our society and determine the limits of human-environment systems? How can we more effectively harness science and technology toward sustainability? What technologies and policies are needed to successfully transition from fossil-based to zero-carbon energy? What incentives and strategies can most effectively lead to more sustainable behaviors and communities?
The societal challenges of sustainability underscore the need for interdisciplinary sustainability education, research and engagement efforts that integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and apply this knowledge through partnerships with local, state, national and global stakeholders to solve sustainability challenges.