Student Energy and Environment News

November 13, 2017

Sustainability News and Updates

Congrats to the Buckeyes on their big win against Penn State! Here are your updates for the week on all things energy and environment at Ohio State.


Apply for Student Sustainability Scholarship Funding

The Office of Energy and Environment is now accepting applications for student sustainability scholarships. The deadline to apply is Nov. 19. Click here for additional information, including the funding application and profiles of past scholarship recipients. The scholarships are valued at $1,000 per award, and will be applied to 2018 Spring Semester tuition and fee expenses.

Energy Partnership Brings New Sustainability and Educational Opportunities to Campus

The Comprehensive Energy Management Project has been the talk of campus since the university announced 50-year public-private partnership in April. ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, both leaders in energy services and sustainability, created Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP) to serve Ohio State’s energy needs. ENGIE Services will operate the university’s power, heating and cooling systems and offers students competitive job and internship opportunities.

100-year flood concerns keep disaster planners awake today

The Olentangy River has been a part of Ohio State University’s history for more than 100 years now. The river has flowed past some memorable graduations, football games and research breakthroughs. It has seen tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff come and go and carried their songs and cheers along its path. But what it hasn’t done in years is what scares the university: flood.

Cleantech UP (University Prize)

Cleantech UP, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is a premier opportunity for university students to tap into entrepreneurial ambition. Students are asked to submit a business plan for their clean energy idea or business, 6-10 finalists will be chosen for a live pitch showcase, and one team will win a $50,000 grant to further develop their venture. The application deadline is Nov. 30.

Where is YOUR cup?

Remember that cup you received when you moved into your residence hall? The MYCup? If you’re not using it, you’re missing out on one of the most comprehensive and innovative college reusable cup programs in the country — not to mention an easy way to be environmentally friendly.


Environmental Film Series “Sonic Sea,” Nov. 13

Join “Sonic Sea’s” creator Patrick Ramage, Director of Marine Conservation, International Fund for Animal Welfare and Rick Livingston, Director, OSU Humanities Institute in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry Room 130. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the impacts of noise on marine mammals and what society can do about it.

Learn about innovative research funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes, Nov. 15

InFACT, Foods for Health (FFH), and Sustainable and Resilient Economy (SRE) Discovery Themes are partnering to offer an event highlighting the exciting and groundbreaking research that has been funded by the programs' seed grants. Presentations are scheduled for 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the reception will take place from 5 p.m. to 7p.m. in Thompson Library's 11th Floor Reading Room. Register.

Is the 1.5°C Target Possible?, Nov. 16

Celebrate Geography Awareness Week, also known as #GeoWeek, hosted by the Department of Geography with a series of events including this Climate Change Speaker Series. Karen O'Brien, professor of sociology and geography at the University of Oslo will be discussing climate change. The talk will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in 1080 Derby Hall.

Continuing the sustainability conversation: "Shale gas development in Ohio and environmental justice", Nov. 17

Areas in Ohio are experiencing a surge in the development of unconventional sources of fossil fuels, especially the use of hydraulic fracturing (HF) technologies to gain access to natural gas trapped in shale rock. Join the panel to explore the environmental, economic and social burdens and benefits of this development at 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Nov. 17 in Room 165, Thompson Library. It will ask whether these burdens and benefits are being shared in an equitable way and whether those who are most affected have the opportunity for fair and meaningful participation in decision-making regarding HF.

Environmental Film Series “From the Ashes,” Nov. 20

“From the Ashes” explores moving beyond coal to protecting the environment and helping the struggling economies of dying mining towns. Tarunjit Butalia, research associate professor, Ohio State Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geodetic Engineering and Tim Lohner, Consulting Environmental Scientist, AEP will be present to discuss these pressing issues with students.

December 2017 EPN Breakfast Club, Dec. 5

Students can attend the December Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club "Beyond Boundaries, Rural, Urban, Political - Acting on Shared Interests Can Promote Prosperity and Sustainability" for free by registering! The panel on rapid growth of urban centers, economic development, water quality, transportation and workforce development will take place at 7:15 a.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.


ACORE Internship Program

The American Council on Renewable Energy is seeking internship applications from students and recent graduates who are committed to making renewable energy the focus of their career paths. Intern program participants engage in research, writing and cross-departmental assistance based on their interests and ACORE's current needs. The deadline to apply is Nov. 17.