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March 28, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
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Celebrate Sustainability: Time for Change Week 2017

April 3-9 is Time for Change Week at Ohio State! Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government, the Sustainability Council, Office of Student Life and the Office of Energy and Environment are teaming up to present a series of fun events, talks, outdoor activities and a concert to focus on how we can protect and sustain our Earth. Please plan to attend and alert your students to this great opportunity to support our community. Of note: the Student Sustainability Fair is Monday, April 3, in the Ohio Union; the annual Buckeye Blackout Environmental Concert is Friday, April 7, at the Newport Music Hall; and Seeds of Service is Sunday, April 9. Visit to see the full schedule.

Energy Impacts Symposium Set for Ohio State
The Energy Impacts Research Coordination Network is hosting the Energy Impacts Symposium July 26-27 at Ohio State. This is the first large-scale gathering in the Western Hemisphere dedicated to social science research on energy development. The goals of the symposium include building and supporting a discipline around social science energy research, and organizers welcome sociologists, psychologists, economists, political scientists and public health researchers to attend.

Umit Ozkan First Woman to Win American Chemical Society Energy and Fuels Division Storch Award
Umit Ozkan, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, is a pioneer who has often been the first woman in her field to achieve and be recognized for her accomplishments. Now a new honor joins her long list of "firsts" — in the 53-year history of the American Chemical Society's Energy and Fuels Division Henry H. Storch Award, she has become the first woman recipient.
Her research addresses many critical problems facing our nation in the energy and environmental protection areas and is funded by both federal agencies and industry.

College of Engineering Offers Online LEED Course
Ohio State students, faculty and staff as well as industry professionals can take this Green Building Methods course, in which participants learn about green building methods, techniques and practices and how they can be applied to planning practice. The course focuses on concepts associated with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a green building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to recognize building practices that save money, reduce water consumption, improve indoor air quality, make better material choices, and overall have fewer negative impacts to the environment. The course begins May 1.

Discovery Theme News

Research, Short and Sweet: Sustaining Energy and the Environment

Research, Short and Sweet is a partnership between The STEAM Factory and Discovery Themes at Ohio State. “Leveraging Big Data,” the inaugural session, is Thursday, March 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the STEAM Factory, 400 W. Rich St., Columbus. To register, contact Amy Spellacy. Direct questions about presentations to Charlene Brenner. A “Sustaining Energy and the Environment” program is slated for June 13 at the Materials Innovation Lab. Other sessions Promoting Health and Wellness, Sept. 13; and Fostering Food Production and Security, Jan. 23.

2017 Ohio State Materials Week Runs May 9-12
Registration is open for the 9th annual Materials Week conference, a showcase of materials-allied research at Ohio State and beyond. Presented by the Institute for Materials Research and the Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability Discovery Theme program, the four-day event features sessions including Manufacturing and Materials for Sustainabililty; Materials Innovation; Integrated Design of Materialsl and Innovations in Advanced Microscopy. The keynote speaker is Ayodhya N. Tiwari of ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Zurich, Flisom Company, and Empa–Swiss Federal Laboratories for Material Science and Technology.

Two Ohio State Students Chosen for Young Scientist Summer Program
The Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme program has been sponsoring a cross-disciplinary Integrated Assessment Modeling team involving both faculty and students. Two of SRE’s doctoral students have been selected for the 2017 IIASA Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP), which invites about 50 students each year from around the world who are conducting research in global environmental, economic and social change. The Ohio State students are Shaohui Tang, whose advisor is Brent Sohngen, agricultural, environmental and development economics, and Yaoping Wang, whose advisor is Jeff Bielicki, civil, environmental and geodetic engineering.

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.

From Trash To Treads: Turning Tomato Peels and Eggshells Into Tires

March 15, 2017
Featured expert: Katrina Cornish, Ohio Research Scholar and Endowed Chair in Biomaterials
ALSO: WOSU: Driving on Eggshells: Ohio State Researchers Recycle Food Scraps for Tires
ALSO: Popular Science: Researchers are using tomato peels and eggshells to make tires

What You Need to Know About Trump’s Proposed Climate Cuts
National Geographic
March 11, 2017
Featured expert: Jeffrey Reutter, adjunct assistant professor and former head of Ohio Sea Grant

Upcoming Events

"Time For Change Week" at Ohio State, April 3-9

This week dedicated to focusing on how we can protect and sustain our Earth will feature fun events, talks, outdoor activities and a concert. Ohio State's Undergraduate Student Government, the Sustainability Council, Office of Student Life and the Office of Energy and Environment are sponsors.

Scheduled events:
Monday, 4/3:
Student Sustainability Fair: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room
Conscious College Road Tour: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Ohio Union Great Hall
Sustainability Fashion Showcase: 6:30-8 p.m., Nosker House, Burgee Room
Tuesday, 4/4:
Pollinator Garden Kick Off: 12 p.m., John Herrick Drive East at Aronoff Lab
Pollinator Speaker Panel: 6-8 p.m., University Hall 014
Wednesday, 4/5:
Students for Recycling Bottle Exchange: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ohio Union West Plaza
"Below the Surface: Uncovering Environmental Justice," Environmental Justice Event: 6-8 p.m., CBEC Building, Room 130
Thursday, 4/6:
Students for Recycling Bottle Exchange: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Ohio Union West Plaza
Speaker: "Turning Green" co-founder Erin Schrode: 6-8 p.m., Wexner Theater
Environmental Poetry Session: 9-10 p.m., Kafe Kerouac, 2250 N. High St.
Friday, 4/7:
Peace Fest with TOMS and Yoga Club, 12-4 p.m., South Oval
Buckeye Blackout Concert: 8 p.m.-12 a.m., The Newport Music Hall
Saturday, 4/8:
Best Food Forward Bulk Buy/Bulk Food Presentation: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Scott House
Columbus MetroPark Hike at Highbanks Park: 1-3 p.m., Ohio Union South Turnaround
Sunday, 4/9:
Seeds of Service: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Schottenstein Center
Sierra Club Olentangy Excursion: 2 p.m., Olentangy River

From Summits to Sustainability: REI's Vikram Sahney, April 12
This Environmental Professionals Network signature event features Vikram Sahneyh, vice president of sustainability for REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.), who will share how he aligns his passions and profession to reach ever higher levels of sustainability. REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) is the largest consumer co-op in the United States with over 6 million active members. The outdoor retail co-op is dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Register to attend for free by Wednesday, April 5.