New Developments and Opportunities with the ESS Lab

Sep. 10, 2018
The Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of their new lab space and to share some exciting new resources and opportunities.

The Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is pleased to announce the opening of their new lab space and to share some exciting new resources and opportunities.

The ESS Lab is a group of social science faculty members, research staff, and graduate students within the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) that includes the Rural Sociology and Environmental Social Science graduate specialization areas. Together, the group is broadly interested in studying and addressing environmental problems using a variety of theories and methods from sociology, psychology, political science, and communication.  With support from the SENR and a partnership with the Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Discovery Theme and Office of Energy and Environment, the ESS Lab has several exciting new resources to share!

  • A new lab space in room 231 Kottman Hall: The lab contains five new computers with access to numerous analytic software, and two private work/interview rooms with phones, video-conferencing, and recording capabilities. There is also space for survey processing and storage, and additional research equipment such as audio recorders can be checked-out. View photos of the space here and find out more here.
  • SENR now has a student subject pool: ESSREP (the Environmental and Social Sustainability Research Experience Program) provides FREE participants to faculty, Graduate and Honors research projects affiliated with the ESS lab while providing extra credit to undergraduate students! Please email us if you would like more information.
  • An annual Campus Sustainability Survey has been developed with several campus partners, and will be sent to a panel of 20,000 undergraduate students this month. It includes items related to sustainable knowledge, attitudes, and curriculum needs, as well as more detailed investigations into the motivations and constraints behind specific sustainable behaviors. Keep an eye out for the survey report in January 2019, and contact the lab for access to data or for more information.
  • New personnel: SRE/SENR post-doc (Atar Herziger) is responsible for advancing new research opportunities in sustainable behavior (see below), and the Graduate Lab Manager (Emily Walpole) develops and manages lab resources.

Lastly, the lab has been developing several exciting new research partnerships, notably with the ENGIE-Axium energy partners, OSU Facilities Operations and Development (FOD), and Smart Columbus. If you are interested in hearing about more sustainable behavior research opportunities, consider joining our Sustainable-Behavior Working Group (“SuB”) here. The group currently has over 30 graduate, faculty, and research staff members across campus, with the goal of facilitating and sharing research opportunities and resources. For more information, please see the website or email Atar Herziger.

Interested in learning more about the lab’s accomplishments this past year and plans for the future?  View the ESS Lab FY18 Report.

Source: Emily Walpole, walpole.31@osu.edu