There's always a lot going on at Hiram, and in the region!  Environmental Studies faculty and students are especially active in hosting, co-hosting, and attending various events.  Below is a select list of some of what's coming up...and a little scrapbook of what we've done. 

Join Us to Celebrate Earth Day at Hiram!


“Re-Energizing America: Become a Part of the Sustainable Energy Revolution”

Internationally renowned author and educator Dr. Dan Chiras, of The Evergreen Institute, dispels some of the myths surrounding climate change by discussing the numerous social, economic, and environmental impacts of our current energy path.  He offers many practical and sustainable solutions to help you, your community, college, state, and nation transition to a clean, affordable, and reliable renewable energy future.  Chiras founded the Evergreen Institute's Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building, where he teaches workshops on energy efficiency, solar electricity, solar hot water, small wind energy, green building, natural plasters, and natural building.

“Home Performance”

Substantial energy use reductions are just a side benefit to a comfortable home and a path to reducing climate change.  Energy efficiency can be a tough sell, like eating your veggies as a kid.  But 30-70% energy use reductions are possible with our homes!  Home Performance is the art and science of making homes comfortable, longer lasting, healthier, and more efficient. Efficiency and reducing our carbon footprints are side benefits—but very substantial ones. Join Nate Adams, Founder of Energy Smart Home Performance and learn how a local company is working to affect market transformation by getting the broad market to “eat their veggies” and like it.

“Community Engagement for Environmental Justice”

Every place has a story. Drawing on the perspectives of the 'Place Matters' movement for civic engagement, community organizer Kim Foreman, Project Coordinator at Environmental Health Watch in Lorraine, Ohio, brings environmental activism to the home-front through a workshop that will explore the unique experience of the larger Cleveland area- from its history as a steel town within the infamous rust belt to current challenges of environmental justice and community health.  As Cleveland strives to fulfill its potential as a "green city along a blue lake" amidst the complexities of a rapidly changing world, an understanding of the distinct character of our common public identity, alongside the practical skills to engage effectively on multiple scales, offer the most optimistic vision of a healthy, equitable and sustainable future. Kim Foreman will bring her extensive experience working at the grassroots level to facilitate the development of students as empowered citizens within their communities.


Hiram students are invited to participate in the first annual Ideas Generator, an open forum for those who wish work alongside an assembly of peers to develop and refine thoughts on environmentally-themed campus initiatives or projects. Event facilitators will then select one idea from among the contributions and work with the inspired student (or students) to develop a comprehensive proposal to present to decision-makers at the College.

IF YOU WISH TO SHARE YOUR IDEA, please complete and submit the online Registration Form by April 15th.  Then come prepared to give a brief pitch of your idea on April 26th. There are no limits to your creativity, but all entries must:

  • be clearly articulated
  • address topics of environmental sustainability as they apply to Hiram College
  • propose a viable plan within the College’s organizational capacity

For more information on submitting, please contact Devlin Geroski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Caitlin Joseph at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Our first annual Environment and Society Forum with Joel Salatin was a great success and a whole lot of fun!  Salatin visited classes, shared meals, talked with area farmers, and gave a rousing evening lecture.  Thanks to all who helped make it happen!





A group of students and faculty ventured out to Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, to see David Suzuki accept the Inamori Ethics Prize on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.  A passionate environmentalist, a global leader on issues of sustainable ecology and social justice, and a long time activist working to address climate change, Suzuki is a powerful voice on behalf of biodiversity, future generations and the planet.


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