Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

April 13, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Energy partnership to support Ohio State’s sustainability and academic mission

The Ohio State Board of Trustees has approved a public-private partnership to become an international leader in sustainability and provide new resources to advance teaching, learning and research. The Comprehensive Energy Management Project promises to modernize the university’s 485-building Columbus campus, create substantial academic benefits and establish a major center for energy research and technology commercialization.

ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure (ENGIE-Axium) are world leaders in energy services and sustainability. The two companies formed a new consortium to combine their expertise for this project and provided the strongest proposal. Detailed reviews and scoring of the finalists were conducted by groups composed of students, faculty and staff from the university.

Energy Impacts Symposium Set for Ohio State
The Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network is hosting the Energy Impacts Symposium July 26-27 at Ohio State. This is the first large-scale gathering in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to social science research on energy development. The goals of the symposium include building and supporting a discipline around social science energy research, and organizers welcome sociologists, psychologists, economists, political scientists and public health researchers to attend.

Applications Open for University President’s Prize
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
If you know a student who has the potential to make our world a better place and the ambition to transform ideas into action, encourage him or her to apply for the second annual President’s Prize, which provides two graduating seniors with the crucial connections and financial support needed to advance innovative ideas for change in their first year after graduation.
Each recipient will receive:

  • $50,000 living stipend and up to $50,000 in startup funding to implement his/her project
  • Access to a network of agents for change
  • Mentorship from accomplished experts
  • The opportunity to share innovative ideas with Ohio State’s global community of alumni, friends and partners

Applications for round one are due July 14.

Discovery Theme News

Research, Short and Sweet: Sustaining Energy and the Environment
Research, Short and Sweet is a partnership between The STEAM Factory and Discovery Themes at Ohio State. Direct questions about presentations to Charlene Brenner. A “Sustaining Energy and the Environment” program is slated for June 13 at the Materials Innovation Lab. Other sessions include “Promoting Health and Wellness,” Sept. 13; and “Fostering Food Production and Security,” Jan. 23. To register, contact Amy Spellacy.

2017 Ohio State Materials Week Runs May 9-12
Registration is open for the ninth annual Materials Week conference, a showcase of materials-allied research at Ohio State and beyond. Presented by the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme program, the four-day event features sessions including Manufacturing and Materials for Sustainability; Materials Innovation; Integrated Design of Materials and Innovations in Advanced Microscopy. The keynote speaker is Ayodhya N. Tiwari of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, Flisom Company, and Empa–Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology.

SRE Co-hosts National Conference on Resilience
Ohio State will host the U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development (USBCSD) annual summer conference July 18-19. This conference is organized in partnership with Ohio State’s Sustainable and Resilient Economy program, with a focus on scaling up the “circular economy.” The council has developed an award-winning cloud-based platform, Materials Marketplace, which facilitates conversion of waste streams into valuable resources through collaborative networks. The theme of the conference is "Expanding the Circle," and participants will explore cutting-edge topics such as Smart and Resilient Cities, Human and Natural Systems in a Circular Economy, Cyclical and Resilient Supply Networks, and Digital Platforms for Co-Creation of Value.

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

Adding power to the value of trees

April 12, 2017
The shade from trees reliably cools humans and the environment in which they live. Researchers are now trying to show how the energy savings of this ecosystem service can be measured.
Featured expert: Bhavik Bakshi, professor of chemical engineering

Automakers worried federal tax credits may end for plug-ins
The Columbus Dispatch
April 8, 2017
Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research

World's Glaciers Melt Away In Dramatic Before-And-After Photos
Huffington Post
April 3, 2017
Featured expert: Ian Howatt, professor of earth sciences
ALSO: Daily Mail: Greenland's glaciers are 'DOOMED' and will raise global sea levels by 1.5 inches by 2100, experts warn
ALSO: International Business Times: Ice Caps, Glaciers Dotting Greenland's Coasts Passed A 'Tipping Point' 20 Years Ago
ALSO: Associated Press: How the world's glaciers are melting: A visual then-and-now
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center

Trump doing what he said he'd do on environment
The Columbus Dispatch
March 30, 2017
Featured experts: Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics, and Jeff Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering

'You're going back to work,' Trump promises coal miners after signing order
The Columbus Dispatch
March 29, 2017
Featured expert: Brent Sohngen, environmental and resource economist

Trump budget targets Sea Grant funding
Sandusky Register
March 24, 2017
Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

Upcoming Events

Mid-Ohio Food Bank Urban Farm Tour, April 14

Attend this free tour on Friday, April 14 at 3 p.m. to see how urban farms operate.

Waste Management Innovation Conference, April 17
“Toward a Green and Circular Economy” will bring together industry experts from the United States and India, as well as government officials and academic thought leaders, to identify innovative waste reduction technologies and practices that will enable the Indian economy to achieve sustainable economic growth.

April EPN Breakfast Club, April 18
Attend this month's Environmental Professionals Network breakfast club, "Columbus, One Smart and Sustainable City – Using Innovative Technology to Improve People's Access to Opportunity." Read more.

Celebrate Arbor Day, April 21
The 2017 Arbor Day observance at Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens will include the official recognition of Ohio State's Tree Campus USA designation.

March for Science Columbus, April 22
March for Science Columbus occurs April 22 beginning at 10 a.m. in downtown Columbus. Columbus March for Science is a nonpartisan group made up of scientists, educators and science enthusiasts who have joined to represent Columbus in the globally coordinated Marches for Science. The march will end at Columbus Commons, where participants can join the Earth Day festivities planned by Green Columbus. Ohio State's Chapter of Sigma Xi is one of several sponsors of the march.