The Academic Perspective

Gilbert Michaud, Ohio 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. 

Melanie Knowles, Kent State 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.