Have you checked out the Environmental Professionals Network yet?

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN)—a service of the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR)—connects Ohio’s environmental professionals and others passionate about our natural resources through in-person and online activities. The network hosts monthly breakfast programs and virtual events focused on innovative and pressing environmental topics, such as bipartisan approaches for wildlife conservation, inclusive strategies for land management, and collaborative approaches to solving emerging water pollution issues. EPN aligns inspirational speakers with compelling topics aimed at helping participants build their networks and grow professionally.  

Through this network, participants also have free access to many online networking capabilities, such as marketing, querying, information sharing, and more. Participants are also encouraged to create and share content such as job postings, reports, and event announcements.  

In its eight-year history, over 3,000 unique individuals have participated in EPN breakfast programs, and this year, the network surpassed 2,200 online participants.

Virtual programs are free to the public but require registration. Not available during a program time? No problem! Programs are recorded and shared on EPN’s YouTube Channel.  

To learn more about EPN and its past and future programs, click here.  

February's program, A World of Sustainable Pathways, a Focus on Cardinal Health, aired on Feb. 9. The recording of the program is available on the EPN YouTube Channel.

Below, you will find a program overview: 

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health Inc. is an integrated healthcare services and products company, providing customized solutions for hospitals, health systems, pharmacies, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories, and physician offices worldwide. Cardinal Health is Essential to Care™ by providing clinically proven medical products and pharmaceuticals and cost-effective solutions that enhance supply chain efficiency from hospital to home. Backed by nearly 100 years of experience, with approximately 50,000 employees in 46 countries, Cardinal Health ranks among the top 25 on the Fortune 500.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Cardinal Health’s mission is more important than ever. Through collaboration with industry partners and the U.S federal government, Cardinal Health is manufacturing and distributing critical pandemic response inventory for more than 100,000 medical products in unprecedented demand. 

Cardinal Health understands that the long-term health of communities, its colleagues, customers, and partners depends on a sustainable world. The strategic function leading Cardinal Health’s global sustainability effort is its Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability Team (EHSS). This team provides a unique glimpse into the path of an EHSS professional and the opportunity one has to achieve rewarding sustainability results in support of Cardinal Health’s global operation.

Join this program to learn about how intergenerational SENR alumni and leaders of Cardinal Health’s EHSS team—Andrew Wehr (’95), Mike Bellantis (’10), and Caleb Thomas (’11)—have influenced the sustainability journey of this Ohio-based Fortune 500 company.

You will also learn from the leaders of Net Impact, an Ohio State student organization that explores the intersection between business and sustainability. Members will share their sustainability aspirations and provide a student’s perspective on what sustainability should encompass going forward. The corporate world, like many pillars of society, is early in its sustainability journey. Join this EPN virtual event to explore lessons learned from one leading company’s experience in calculating and reducing its global environmental footprint.