Clean Energy in the Age of Coronavirus

  • July 23, 2020
  • 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
  • Virtual Event

Organization: Green Energy Ohio

As Ohio begins to emerge from the initial phase of pandemic response, we are all wondering what comes next.

Join us for our fourth conversation! Colleges and universities across Ohio are committed to clean energy and sustainability initiatives in the classroom, through research, and as part of facilities planning & management. We will talk with two leaders in the academic community who are engaged in these efforts on their campuses.

Register here.

The fourth conversation will take place on

Thursday, July 23 from 12:15 to 1:15 pm


Gilbert Michaud, Ohio University

Melanie Knowles, Kent State University


Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, where he primarily teaches courses in the school’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. 

His applied research portfolio focuses on renewable energy policy, electric utilities, state politics, and economic and workforce development. He received a faculty sustainability research award from Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability in 2018.  

Dr. Michaud holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as well as an advanced certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University. 

As Sustainability Manager for Kent State University, Melanie Knowles focuses on sustainability implementation and education. Campus sustainability initiatives include energy efficiency, renewable energy, LEED construction projects, reducing waste and increasing recycling, transportation options including bike sharing and car sharing, and increasing sustainability across the curriculum. 

Melanie’s education includes a B.A. in Anthropology and Economics, a Master of Environmental Science, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management. 

Her professional experience includes the Cleveland Green Building Coalition, the City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development, and the private sector.

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