Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

October 9, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Ohio State Lowers Carbon Footprint by 4.8%

Ohio State
has committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Over the past two years,
the university has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by over 34,000 metric
tons. That represents an overall 4.8% decrease from our Fiscal Year 2015
baseline. Of note, in Fiscal Year 2017, renewable wind energy accounted
for 20.6% of the university’s total purchased electricity. The
university’s new energy agreement with Ohio State Energy Partners; an effort by
Bhavik Bakshi, chemical and biomolecular engineering, to update Ohio State’s
existing Climate Action Plan; and other actions will continue
to drive additional emission reductions through 2017 and beyond.

Ohio State Research Expo, Oct. 17

Get connected to research at the 2017 Research Expo from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Research Commons (3rd floor, 18th Ave. Library). More than 50 exhibitors will be available to help you navigate Ohio State's research enterprise. Learn about funding, data management plans and the PI Portal, and network with fellow researchers. The doors open at 11:30 a.m. for early career investigators. Be sure to stop by the Office of Energy and Environment table and say hello!

Ohio State to study food, energy and water systems in the
Great Lakes region impacted by deglobalization

Ohio State has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine the possible effects of deglobablization and model the scenarios that might play out in the Midwest. The grant, expected to exceed $2.4 million over the next three years, is provided through Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS), a research partnership between NSF and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Water Energy Nexus Funding for Ohio State Investigators

The Ohio Water Resources Center, with the Office of Energy and Environment, is seeking research proposals to address current water and energy nexus issues. Funding of up to $35,000 for two to three research projects is expected. Application deadline is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13. Funding decisions will be made by Jan. 31. Contact Linda Weavers, 614-292-4061 or

Polar and Alpine Research Networking Event

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center hosts a Polar and Alpine Research Networking event from 8:30 to noon Monday, Oct. 16, in Research Commons, 3rd Floor, 18th Ave. Library. Network with faculty and staff conducting research in polar and alpine systems and learn about the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. In addition to sharing current research interests and networking, individuals will be given time to collaborate on project ideas to pursue through NSF Polar Programs.

Ohio State Sustainability Fund Supports Campus Projects

Funding is available to faculty and staff members for sustainability projects that will positively impact any Ohio State campus by advancing current programs, creating campus cultural change, and/or directing sustainable campus policy or project development. Projects eligible for Sustainability Fund awards must contribute to sustainability, provide campus impact, and not be covered by an existing university operating budget. Details and application forms are found on the President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability webpage, under “Involvement.”

InFACT Invites Proposals for Seed Grants

The Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) invites you to submit proposals for its Linkage and Leverage seed grant program. The program seeks to Link (forge transdisciplinary connections among Ohio State faculty, staff, students and external partners) and Leverage (bring new talents, expertise and resources to our initiatives as a result of our collaborative work) to address compelling food security challenges by building on our strengths in climate, environment, technology and agroecosystems; local to global engagements; new food economies; and campus food cultures and education. Proposals are due Oct. 31.

BETHA 2018 Call for Proposals

Proposals for the 2018 Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) Grants competition can be submitted by full-time assistant, associate and full professors. The BETHA Endowment seeks outstanding projects that examine the relationship between science and technology and its impact on broader social and cultural issues. Deadline is Nov. 21. For details, contact

Request for Proposals: The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate

The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.” Proposals that deal with climate change and research that explores more metaphoric meanings of “changing climate” are equally welcome as long as they are interdisciplinary and intentionally collaborative. Application deadline is Oct. 31. Contact Kristina Ward with questions.

Please promote these opportunities to your students:

World Food Day at Ohio State: Inspired by Local, Oct. 16

On Oct. 16, Ohio State celebrates World Food Day with local food samples from our Dining Services facilities. Stop by the World Food Day tent from 1-3 p.m. in the North Area Commons to see what foods come from right down the road.

Energy and Environmental Film Series Returns for Fall Semester

The School of Environment and Natural Resources/Environmental Professionals Network and the Office of Energy and Environment are hosting the third Energy and Environmental Film Series. Six great films will be screened, with discussion afterward led by leading Ohio State and local experts, at 7 p.m. Monday evenings from Oct. 16 to Nov. 20. The films are free and open to all, but students can sign up for the one-credit individual studies course tied to the series, for grad students and for undergrads. Contact with questions.

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.

2017 harmful algal bloom blossoms across Lake Erie, as Toledo mayor wants water designated 'impaired'

September 27, 2017

The harmful algal bloom has blossomed across Lake Erie, covering almost the entire western basin of the lake, with shoots as far east Lorain County.

Featured expert: Chris Winslow, director of Ohio Sea Grant

ALSO: Detroit News: Spread of Lake Erie algae raises alarm across region

Iceberg Four Times the Size of Manhattan Just Broke From an Antarctic Glacier, Fueling Concerns of Runaway Ice Retreat

The Weather Channel

September 26, 2017

Featured expert: Ian Howat, professor of earth sciences

ALSO: CBS News: Iceberg that broke off Antarctica was 4 times the size of Manhattan

ALSO: Chicago Tribune: Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

Native grasses look promising on strip-mine land

The Columbus Dispatch

September 23, 2017

Featured experts: Richard Dick and Nicola Lorenz, soil microbiologists

Was It Bad Luck or Climate Change?

History News Network

Sept. 18, 2017

Featured expert: Sam White, history

ALSO: Time: Where 2017's Hurricanes Fit in the Long History of American Climate Confusion

Algae experts fight to heal Lake Erie

13abc Action News

Sept. 15, 2017

Featured expert: Jay Martin, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering

Smart phones helping farmers fight prevent blooms

Port Clinton News Herald

Sept. 15, 2017

Featured expert: John Fulton, professor of food, agricultural and biological engineering

Upcoming Events

October EPN Breakfast Club, Oct. 10

Plan to attend the October Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club, where the topic is "Privatizing Public Drinking Water Utilities – Can the Public’s Interest Still be Protected?" Speaker James Olson who is a partner with Olson, Bzdok and Howard, Traverse City, and founder and president of FLOW: For the Love of Water, will discuss issues regarding public drinking water in Ohio as well as the rest of the United States. Register online.