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Role and Mission

The Sustainability committee strives to improve our environmental ethic as a campus and to enhance students’ understanding of important issues such as climate change, waste reduction, and habitat loss. Our committee is not only driven by people that have an extensive environmental background, but also by people who truly want to learn about how they can help the planet. This committee operates under the philosophy that what someone wants to accomplish, we will work on. All ideas are accepted and promoted.

Alyssa Barbuto

Director of Sustainability

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Alyssa is a fourth year from Canton, Ohio, majoring in Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability, with a minor in business. She has previously served as both a committee representative and Deputy Director in the Sustainability committee in USG.

Outside of USG, Alyssa is involved with Time for Change, and works in the Office of Energy Management and Sustainability. On campus, she can most likely be found in the Chadwick Arboretum. Her favorite Ohio State tradition is Beat Xichigan Week. Alyssa loves to be out in nature, so when she is not on campus, she is likely hiking or at a park. 

Alyssa can be reached at

Projects & Policy

Off-Campus Composting

30 Day Green Challenge

  • Please contact Anika Kamisetty.4 with any questions!

  • Challenge will be running from Tuesday, October 1- Thursday, October 31

Seeds of Service

  • First Seeds of Service of the school year will be taking place Saturday, October 19 

  • Contact Lexi Kilbane.50 for more information.

5th Annual Sustainability Fair

  • More information to come!

Sustainable Fashion Showcase

  • More information to come!

  • Want to dress eco-friendly without breaking the bank? Come learn how while grabbing free giveaways and enjoying free dinner from Lavash Cafe!

Environmental Justice Dinner

  • Teach for America and USG have partnered to host a Dinner & Dialogue highlighting issues and advancements in Evironmental Justice. Come network with professionals, researchers, and professors from a variety of fields who are vested in the area of Environmental Justice

  • This event is business casual and a full dinner will be provided. This list will be capped at the first 77 individuals to sign up, and then a wait list will be created following that

  • More information to come!

Plastic Bag Drop-Off

Sustainable Residence Hall Living Guide

Increasing Campus Green Spaces

Sustainable Business Expo

Deputy Directors

Anika Kamisetty.4 (She/Her)

Will Baumgart.11 (He/Him)

Eileen Costello.177 (She/Her)

Lexi Kilbane.50 (She/Her)

Richie Wainio.9 (He/Him)

Troy Tofil.8 (He/Him)*

*Denotes the committee’s legislative coordinator with the General Assembly