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Time-lapse photos show just how quickly the world's glaciers are disappearing

Popular Science

April 22, 2017

… That's what a new report from the Geological Society of America is trying to convey. In an article titled Savor the Cryosphere, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University and the nonprofit organization the Extreme Ice Survey have attempted to document and convey, through stunning time-lapse photography, videos, and multimedia, the scale of glacial demise and the gravity of what we're losing.

New York International Auto Show Features World's Fastest Electric Car


April 14, 2017

The world's fastest electric car is on display at the New York International Auto Show, and it's helping to teach kids what's possible.
Parked in the yard of the Village Community School, students are getting first-hand lessons in the technology, design and potential of the Buckeye Bullet 3, the world's fastest electric car.
Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research has teamed with Venturi Automobile, a European electric car manufacturer, to develop the Buckeye Bullet.

Engie hoping Ohio State deal first of many U.S. energy contracts

Business First

April 14, 2017

Ohio State University could be the first domino to fall for a French energy company that wants to manage energy for institutions across the U.S. Engie SA and a partner last week won rights to run the university’s heating, power and cooling systems for 50 years. It will pay $1.17 billion, most of it up front, for the contract. Engie executives think that if the company can prove itself, the deal could pay off many times over. They view the agreement as the start of a long-term effort to entice cities, colleges, school districts and hospitals in America to follow in Ohio State’s footsteps.

Ohio State University endowment reaps $1 billion for 50-year energy contract

Chief Investment Officer

April 14, 2017

Ohio State University’s board of trustees has approved a 50-year agreement with Ohio State Energy Partners that will contribute an upfront payment of $1.015 billion to the university’s endowment. It is the largest single investment to date toward Ohio State’s academic mission. Ohio State Energy Partners, which is comprised of energy company ENGIE North America and investment firm Axium Infrastructure, will operate the systems that power, heat, and cool the university’s Columbus campus. It will also install energy conservation measures throughout the campus to meet the university’s sustainability goals.

Engie, Axium win energy management contract with Ohio State

University Business

April 13, 2017

Energy business management firm Engie North America and Axium Infrastructure have been awarded a $1.165 billion comprehensive energy management contract by the Ohio State University.

Under the 50-year concession, the two companies will help address the university’s energy sustainability goals for its 485-building campus in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State's new energy company could build 60-megawatt natural gas power plant on campus

Business First

April 13, 2017

A new natural-gas power plant could come to Ohio State University’s campus as part of its new energy management deal.

Engie, the energy company that last week won the leasing rights to Ohio State’s energy for the next 50 years, could build a 60-megawatt facility in between Ohio Stadium and the McCracken power plant.

Sudden Impact

FF Journal

April 13, 2017

A new welding technique joins temperamental high-strength alloys without changing their base properties. The technique holds promise for automakers looking for advanced high-strength steels to help them tackle multi-material vehicle designs and lightweighting challenges. The sustainable metals pair exceptional strength with reduced mass, are affordable, crash resistant and can add muscle to thin-gauge or fatigue-sensitive parts.

Featured experts: Glenn Daehn, professor of materials science and engineering and Anupam Vivek, research scientist

Ohio State University Provost Bruce McPheron discusses Comprehensive Energy Management Plan


April 12, 2017

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

Want to Hawk Coffee on Campus? Not Without Internships and Background on the Beans

Wall Street Journal

April 11, 2017

Companies often pay colleges for the right to sell sweatshirts or pour coffee on campus.

Now, schools are increasingly looking to leverage those deals into internship slots, sponsorships for food pantries and other projects. ...

Trustees at Ohio State University last week approved a $1.17 billion contract with French energy company ENGIE covering the campus’s heating, cooling and power systems under a 50-year lease of the university’s assets, while improving energy efficiency. Included in that price tag is a dedicated $25 million company-funded endowment for student financial aid, $9.5 million to support five faculty positions and $5 million for at least 10 paid internships a year.

Smart meters coming campus-wide at Ohio State as part of energy deal

Business First

April 10, 2017

The entire Ohio State University campus will be outfitted with smart meters as part of the 50-year agreement the university just inked to privatize its energy operations.

Some buildings already have the meters that provide real-time data about energy usage. But the contract requires an expansion to outfit every building on the Columbus campus.

Automakers worried federal tax credits may end for plug-ins

The Columbus Dispatch

April 8, 2017

If federal tax credits for plug-in electric vehicles come to an end, get ready for a sales implosion.

This is the conclusion of Edmunds.com analysts who point to the impending end of a $7,500 credit, and say automakers and elected officials need to be ready for what likely will follow.

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, director of the Center for Automotive Research

Ohio State’s big, complicated energy deal explained

Columbus Dispatch

April 7, 2017

The $1.1 billion energy deal approved by an Ohio State University Board of Trustees committee on Thursday and up for a vote before the whole board today is big, unusual and complicated. The parties are OSU and Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), made up of the French energy company ENGIE and a Canadian investment firm called Axium Infrastructure. Ohio State explains the deal.

Ohio State’s Endowment Gets $1 Billion with Campus Energy Deal


April 7, 2017

Ohio State University’s endowment will jump 25 percent in size with a $1 billion payment from two companies that will lease the school’s energy assets for 50 years.

The school’s board of trustees on Friday approved a public-private partnership with French company Engie SA and Montreal-based Axium Infrastructure Inc. to run and manage its energy and electricity systems in exchange for annual payments expected to exceed $54 million.

…“Like many universities, we have an interest in sustaining and using our energy resources in an efficient and also responsible way,” Michael Drake, the school’s president, said in an interview.

ALSO: The Street: Ohio State University Increases Endowment by $1 Billion After Leasing Energy Assets

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Ohio State trustees excited for '50-year decisions' to change physical campus

Business First

April 6, 2017

Ohio State University decision-makers are thrilled as the university moves ahead with detailed planning for five major projects spanning the campus. Trustee Bob Schottenstein said Thursday at a meeting of the university’s master planning committee that the projects are “50-year decisions” that present an enormous opportunity to reshape the campus. The full Board of Trustees is expected to approve five requests for qualifications at a meeting Friday.

Ohio State University to lease energy facilities; will receive $1 billion upfront payment

Plain Dealer

April 6, 2017

Ohio State University has proposed leasing its energy facilities in a deal that will immediately result in a $1 billion payment to the university.

Trustees on Friday are expected to approve the agreement with ENGIE-Axium to operate the systems that power, heat and cool Ohio State's Columbus campus under a 50-year lease of the university's energy assets.

Reach Beyond Career Comfort Zone, Ford Exec Says

2017 SAE World Congress Experience

Wards Auto

April 6, 2017

The auto industry needs sharp, young, female engineers, and the recruiting cannot begin soon enough for Kimberly Pittel, a 32-year Ford veteran engineer who worked her way up from the plant floor to a group vice presidency.

…In a casual new “executive interview” format at the SAE World Congress, Pittel fields questions from Carla Bailo, a fellow engineer and former Nissan North America executive who now is assistant vice president-mobility research and business development at Ohio State University.

Ohio State’s billion dollar plan ramps up sustainability efforts

Daily Reporter

April 5, 2017

As the focus on “going green” increases, many people and organizations alike are focusing on sustainability and how to reduce their carbon footprint.

Ohio State University is a large proponent of sustainability and has an ongoing mission to make the university a global model of sustainable operations.

As part of this mission to meet sustainability goals, the Board of Trustees at Ohio State will consider a public-private partnership to support OSU’s sustainability and academic mission this Friday.

Professor sues Ohio State to force release of energy deal details

The Columbus Dispatch

April 5, 2017

A retired Ohio State professor is suing the university for withholding details of a proposed $1.1 billion deal with a French energy company.

The suit, filed Tuesday, asks the Ohio Supreme Court to order Ohio State to make public a “concessionaire agreement” that spells out terms of the proposed deal with Ohio State Energy Partners, a newly created entity that includes Paris-based ENGIE and the investment firm Axium Infrastructure.

REI sustainability exec speaking at Ohio State on April 12

Business First

April 4, 2017

The executive in charge of sustainability at Seattle outdoor retailer REI is coming to Ohio State.

Vikram Sahney will speak at the school on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. The event is free to the public but registration is required – more details are here. His appearance is sponsored by the local chapter of the Environmental Professionals Network.