Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

February 22, 2018

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment News and Updates

Climate Change Planning Under Way for Central Ohio

A task force led by researchers at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center has released a draft action plan to help central Ohio prepare for climate change. The public is invited to review and comment on the report through March 9, after which the task force will present a finalized document to the Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther. BPCRC researchers collaborated with more than 75 local stakeholders and technical experts to develop the action plan, which outlines recommendations for adapting to extreme heat, deteriorating air quality, flooding, varied water quality and other changes that are expected to come with climate change. The report also addresses considerations for emergency preparedness and protecting vulnerable populations.

Ohio State Energy Partners Hiring Interns

As part of Ohio State’s newly established energy partnership, OSEP is offering 10 internships each year, for placement on Ohio State campus and in various Axium and ENGIE offices across the globe. Currently, internship applications are being accepted for summer positions in ENGIE offices in Houston and Paris. Third and Fourth year students in Business, Mechanical Engineering or Electrical Engineering are particularly encouraged to apply. See more at the Buckeye Careers Network.

Ohio Coal Development Office RFP Announced

The Ohio Development Services Agency issued an RFP for project proposals focused on expanding the use of Ohio coal in an environmentally acceptable and cost-effective manner. Emission-reducing, economical and ultimately greater use of Ohio coal and/or its combustion products must be a result of the proposed project. Funds awarded through this RFP will be for projects located and/or for work conducted in Ohio that benefits and/or uses Ohio-mined coal. Deadline for proposals is March 12.

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.

Fluence, Battery Makers to Gain as Arizona Considers Storage Goal


February 9, 2018

Featured expert: Ramteen Sioshansi, integrated systems engineering

Companies drawn to city’s talent, collaboration

The Columbus Dispatch

February 8, 2018

Opinion column by David B. Williams, executive dean of the professional colleges and dean, College of Engineering

Upcoming Events

Dept. of Geography Lecture: Michael Mann, Feb. 9

Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist from Penn State University, will present “A Return to the Madhouse: Climate change Denial in the Age of Trump,” on Friday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 in Haggerty Hall, Room 0180. Mann and two colleagues wrote the original paper highlighting the “Hockey Stick” curve that initiated intense conversations about the role of human activities in Earth’s marked warming during the second half of the 20th century.

EPN Breakfast: Flooding-A National, State and Local Issue, March 6

Chad Berginnis (Association of State Floodplain Managers) will address national flood laws, such as the National Flood Insurance Act and Water Resources Development Act, as a tool in protecting U.S. citizens. Through an extended program in conjunction with the Water Management Association of Ohio, Cynthia J. Crecelius (principal of CC Consults) and Shawn Arden (associate with EMH&T), will focus on state-specific flooding issues and management. The breakfast begins at 7:15 a.m. at the Nationwide/Farm Bureau 4H Building.

World Water Day 2018, March 22

Ohio State will celebrate World Water Day 2018 on Thursday, March 22, with an awareness event from 12 to 3 p.m. on the South Oval. Academic, research and administrative units as well as community organizations will present information on what we are doing at Ohio State to improve water quality, curb water usage and make clean water available to everyone. Stop by the World Water Day 2018 tent to learn what colleagues are doing in this important field of research.

CURA Speaker Series: Christopher Impellitteri, March 30

Christopher A. Impellitteri (U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Research Program) will present "Green Infrastructure Research in EPA's Office of Research and Development" at noon Friday, March 30, in Thompson Library, Room 165.