Contact:
Doug Neidigh
OCSS Director
Office: (417) 873-7641
dneidigh@drury.edu

About Us

Our Mission
The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS) is committed to improving the competitiveness and sustainability of businesses and organizations by providing professional, technical assistance, research and training to reduce waste, conserve resources, and save money.

Our Organization
Founded in 2008, OCSS is a non-regulatory program offered by Drury University. Originally funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources – Air Pollution Control Division, OCSS has grown in both staff and program offerings to address a range of sustainability initiatives throughout the region. The program also serves as an extension of the university’s Environmental Programs, which feature environmental science, studies, and health, by connecting students and the university to organizations seeking sustainable solutions.

Our goal is to promote sustainability in the region through the implementation of strategies that reduce pollution, conserve resources and save money. We achieve this goal by working directly with businesses, non-profits, and public entities to highlight the connections between economics, the environment, and societal well-being. By offering services related to pollution prevention, resource management, energy conservation, and environmental enhancement, we help organizations meet their own immediate needs, while simultaneously contributing to the assurance that the needs of future generations will also be met.

OCSS receives support from Drury University, as well as a variety of grant funds through the state of Missouri and the United States federal government. As such, we are able to provide most of our services at little to no cost for the client. In addition, we ensure complete confidentiality, and will not divulge any information about our clients without permission. Although partially-funded by public funds, OCSS is not a regulatory organization, nor do we provide guidance on environmental regulatory compliance.

As part of the Springfield community, OCSS also works closely with other environmental organizations in the region. OCSS staff participates in the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks - Environmental Collaborative. In addition, we routinely provide expert presentations for area organizations, local governments, and regional workforce development programs.

Our Staff
OCSS achievements would not be possible without the knowledge and expertise of its personnel.

Douglas “Doug” Neidigh serves as the Director for OCSS. Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from Illinois State University and a Masters in Public Health from Missouri State University. He is a Registered Environmental Manager with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals and a Certified Energy Auditor with the Association of Energy Engineers.

In addition, Doug has over 16 years of experience in environmental and energy management. His experience includes environmental and facilities management positions in private industry, environmental management consulting, and providing pollution prevention and energy conservation technical assistance to industrial, commercial, and institutional organizations through both an established state agency and university-based technical assistance programs. He has successfully implemented ISO 14001 programs, as well as a Pollution Prevention (P2)/mercury reduction grant program with 20 hospitals under the EPA Illinois P2 program. Through these experiences, Doug has gained substantial expertise at conducting environmental assessments, onsite research projects and P2 project implementation. Doug also teaches P2 and environmental health courses at DU.

Amy Strickland supports Doug in OCSS operations by serving as OCSS’ Project Manager. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Drury University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental policy from Missouri State University. Amy’s research interests include organizational development, policy implementation, and change agent strategies. She is also a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and teaches sessions for Drury University's Certificate in Environmental Sustainability.

Prior to joining OCSS, Amy worked with the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation as the statewide coordinator for the Missouri Geographic Alliance, one of 52 alliances in a nationwide network. In this position, she was responsible for coordinating geography education activities in Missouri, developing and evaluating professional development programs, spearheading a strategic planning process, and working on educational policy issues.

Contact Information
Doug Neidigh
900 N. Benton Ave.
TSC 205
Springfield, MO 65802
417.873.7641 - office
417.873.7050 - fax
dneidigh@drury.edu

Amy Strickland
900 N. Benton Ave.
TSC 215
Springfield, MO 65802
417.873.7054 - office
417.873.7050 - fax
astrickland@drury.edu