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Ohio State considering new facility to help it reach zero-waste goal by 2025

Business First

April 3, 2017

Football games at Ohio State University already produce “zero waste.” Now, the university is exploring how to replicate that on a bigger scale to be zero-waste by 2025.

Ohio State is seeking a partner to study what kind of recycling and waste sorting and infrastructure would be needed to reach the goal.

World's Glaciers Melt Away In Dramatic Before-And-After Photos

Huffington Post

April 3, 2017

Photographs released by the Geological Society of America show just how quickly some of the world's glaciers have receded.

The images were compiled as part of a collaboration with Extreme Ice Survey, and released alongside a study that shows the impact of glacial melt on Thursday.

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

Ice Caps, Glaciers Dotting Greenland's Coasts Passed A 'Tipping Point' 20 Years Ago

International Business Times

March 31, 2017

Almost 99 percent of Earth’s land ice is locked up in the form of gigantic ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland. Scientists estimate that if the Greenland ice sheet, which covers nearly 80 percent of the island, were to melt entirely, global sea levels would rise by over 20 feet.

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor, Earth Sciences

ALSO: Huffington Post:World's Glaciers Melt Away In Dramatic Before-And-After Photos

ALSO: Daily Mail: Greenland's glaciers are 'DOOMED' and will raise global sea levels by 1.5 inches by 2100, experts warn

ALSO: Washington Post: Scientists just found a strange and worrying crack in one of Greenland’s biggest glaciers

Ohio State trustees set to vote on $1 billion energy deal

The Columbus Dispatch

March 31, 2017

Ohio State University officials want to go forward with a deal to lease the university's energy facilities to a contractor who will make a $1 billion, up-front payment to the OSU endowment.

Under the deal, which will go before the board of trustees next Friday, Ohio State would sign a 50-year agreement with Ohio State Energy Partners, a new entity made up of Paris-based energy company ENGIE and Axiom Infrastrucure, an investment company.

ALSO: Business First: Ohio State picks French company in $1.1B energy privatization deal – biggest in university's history

ALSO: Business First: AEP among the 44 bidders who wanted to privatize Ohio State’s energy

ALSO: Dayton Daily News: Ohio State ready to sign $1.16 billion energy deal

'You're going back to work,' Trump promises coal miners after signing order

The Columbus Dispatch

March 29, 2017

As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday easing environmental regulations, he said to coal miners standing nearby: "You know what it says, right? You're going back to work."

But it's not quite that simple.

Featured expert: Brent Sohngen, environmental and resource economist

Trump doing what he said he'd do on environment

The Columbus Dispatch

March 30, 2017

Seventy days into his presidency, Donald Trump has made good on most of his pre-election vows to rewrite the government's environmental policy.

Most recently, Trump called on Tuesday for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle former President Barack Obama's climate-change efforts.

Featured experts: Brent Sohngen, professor of environmental and resource economics, and Jeff Bielicki, professor of civil, environmental and geodetic engineering

Company with ties to French government vying for Ohio State energy deal

Business First

March 27, 2017

Ohio State University’s vast energy operations could be managed by one of three corporate teams with global presences.

The companies, unveiled last week, have headquarters as far away as Australia, Canada and France.

Hydrogen-fueled bus makes its debut on campus


March 24, 2017

A unique alternative-fueled passenger bus made its debut on campus and a face familiar at The Ohio State University was first onboard. Hydrogen-fueled with zero emissions, this regular-sized bus will ferry students around campus, and its only byproduct is water. “I think it a great technology and really important for the future. Happy to see it here and looking forward to taking a ride,” said OSU President Michael Drake. He was the first one to hop on the hydrogen-fueled bus as it stopped in front of University Hall.

Trump budget targets Sea Grant funding

Sandusky Register

March 24, 2017

President Donald Trump's budget proposal had unpleasant news for the Stone Laboratory operation on Gibraltar Island, near Put-in-Bay.

The budget blueprint, released last week, proposes that Congress wipe out funding for the Sea Grant program that funds research in Great Lakes states such as Ohio and Michigan and along the U.S. Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts.

Featured expert: Chris Winsslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

Three foreign-connected groups compete to take over Ohio State’s energy systems

The Columbus Dispatch

March 22, 2017

Ohio State University is reviewing proposals from three teams with international connections to lease and operate its energy systems, officials announced.

Also Tuesday, OSU released an unredacted copy of its request for proposals, which it says it withheld because release before receipt of the proposals would have endangered university trade secrets.

ALSO: Business First: From Paris to Australia, Ohio State reveals bidders in energy privatization

Ohio State's energy manager will have to commit $150M to academic initiatives

Business First

March 22, 2017

The companies that win the right to manage Ohio State University’s energy operations for the next five decades will have to provide more than just a hefty upfront sum.

The winning bidders also will be required to invest at least $150 million in what the university calls “academic collaboration.”

Redacted document tells little of Ohio State's energy-systems lease plan

The Columbus Dispatch

March 17, 2017

Today is the day for six teams to turn in bids to lease and operate Ohio State University’s energy systems under a 50-year deal with a massive upfront payment for the university.

Based on what the bids say, Ohio State officials will decide whether to pursue such a deal.

Ohio State reveals law firms and consultants advising it on energy privatization

Business First

March 14, 2017

Ohio State University is using some of the country’s most well-known legal, finance and consulting names to help craft its energy privatization deal.

Barclays Capital Inc., Jones Day, Ice Miller LLP and Burns & McDonnell are among the firms the university is using as it prepares to pick a winner to manage its utility and energy operations for the next 50 years.

What You Need to Know About Trump’s Proposed Climate Cuts

Proposed reductions in environmental and scientific agencies could have big impacts, from the Great Lakes to public health. Here’s what it means.

National Geographic

March 11, 2017

Featured expert: Jeffrey Reutter, adjunct assistant professor and former head of Ohio Sea Grant

Making Tire Filler From Eggshells

Researchers at the Ohio State University hope to gain traction for the idea of mixing carbon black with food waste to produce rubber that meets safety standards

The Wall Street Journal

March 10, 2017

Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, an Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials

Video: Scientists Test Tire Filler Made From Food Waste

ALSO: Yahoo News: Tires Made of Eggshells and Tomato Skins Now a Reality
Waste Management World: Egg Heads at Ohio State University Recycling Food Waste into Carbon Black for Tyres
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Rubber World: Ohio State researchers use food waste as fillers for manufacturing tires
Nanowerk News: Turning food waste into tires
: World Industrial Reporter: Ohio State Uses Food Waste to Partially Replace Petroleum-Based Tire Fillers
: U.S. News & World Report: Potential New Use for Food Waste: Tires
: R&D Magazine: Science Converts Food Waste into Tires
ALSO: WOSU: Driving on Eggshells: Ohio State Researchers Recycle Food Scraps for Tires
Popular Science: Researchers are using tomato peels and eggshells to make tires
Smithsonian: From Trash To Treads: Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tires

Lightweighting Goes Beyond the Low-Hanging Fruit


March 2, 2017

Automakers, suppliers and researchers are reaching beyond the low-hanging fruit when it comes to making vehicles lighter.

For example, Ohio State University is studying “civilized explosive welding.” Essentially, a thunderbolt rams one material into another to create a welded joint.

The technology is intended as a way to join dissimilar materials and avoid corrosion. “It’s an early stage technology we’re committed to,” Glenn Daehn, professor of metallurgical engineering, said last week at the Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit in Detroit.

Ohio State study: Global teamwork on scientific research growing

The Columbus Dispatch

February 26, 2017

When soil scientist Rattan Lal says his work is global, he means it.

Lal, who was born in India, did much of his early research in Australia and Nigeria. As a professor of soil physics at Ohio State University's School of Environment and Natural Resources, he now leads an independent international scientific union headquartered in Austria and regularly takes part in video conference calls with colleagues in Brazil and Germany.

Antarctic ice crack could cause big rise in sea level

New York Post

February 24, 2017

A massive crack in an Antarctic ice shelf — 110 miles long and 1,500 feet wide — appears set to create a gigantic iceberg larger than Rhode Island, potentially leaving an “unstable configuration,” according to researchers.

Featured expert: Ian Howatt, professor of geography

Money, resources pouring in to Smart Columbus transportation program

The Columbus Dispatch

February 23, 2017

Turning Columbus into the epicenter of intelligent-transportation testing won't come cheap.

Columbus has gathered an additional $277 million in local matching resources for its Smart Columbus program since winning a federal grant last summer.

…Another $93.7 million is in the form of research, more than half of which will come from Ohio State University.

About $27.7 million is in cash, including about $10 million from the Columbus Partnership, $2 million from Ohio State and $9 million from the city and county.

ALSO: WBNS-TV: WATCH: Mayor Ginther provides update on Smart Columbus initiative

(David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, delivers remarks about 17 minutes into the video)

Columbus, Ohio, region boosts smart mobility research

Ohio State University expects to test driverless cars on campus next year


February 21, 2017

The 11-county region that includes Columbus, Ohio, is pushing ahead with smart city tech research, including funding focused heavily on smart mobility and driverless vehicle testing.

Last month, the State of Ohio and Ohio State University (OSU), based in Columbus, announced $45 million in funds for a new 540-acre Smart Mobility Advanced Research and Test Center, as an expansion of an existing 4,500-acre Transportation Research Center (TRC).