Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

January 10, 2018

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment News and Updates

Ohio State joins international coalition to accelerate local climate action

On Feb. 6, Ohio State joined the newly launched University Climate Change Coalition, or UC3, an alliance of 13 leading North American research universities that will create a collaborative model to help local communities achieve their climate goals and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.

In launching UC3, an initial group of universities from the United States, Canada and Mexico has committed to mobilize their resources and expertise to accelerate local and regional climate action in partnership with businesses, cities and states. All UC3 members have pledged to reduce their institutional carbon footprints, with commitments ranging from making more climate-friendly investments to becoming operationally carbon neutral.

Ohio State Energy Partners Seeking Interns

Ohio State Energy Partners, the energy management partnership between Ohio State and ENGIE/Axium, is seeking interns for positions at ENGIE facilities in Houston and Paris. Interested students can find the positions posted through Buckeye Careers Network or Fisher Connect.

Lake Erie Researchers: Funding Will Support Small Grant Proposals

The Ohio Lake Erie Commission and Ohio Sea Grant College Program are requesting small grant proposals for one-year research projects seeking solutions to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Erie and to identify beneficial uses of Lake Erie dredged sediment. Anticipated funding is three $15,000 small grant proposals. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until funds are spent. For proposal guidelines and information, please contact Kristen Fussell.

ARPA-E Announces OPEN 2018 Funding

OPEN 2018 is seeking innovative ideas to create technology to transform the way we generate, store and use energy, including electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and transportation energy efficiency. OPEN funding seeks to address energy-related technologies and fund potentially disruptive technology concepts not currently supported through other ARPA-E funding opportunities. Concept papers are due Feb. 12.

Applications Open for 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

For your students: Ohio Sea Grant is accepting applications for 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships, a federal program sponsored by NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The Knauss program offers a unique fellowship experience to graduate students interested in marine, ocean and Great Lakes resources and the national policy decisions affecting them. Applications are due Feb. 23. The one-year fellowship of $61,500 provides a stipend and living expenses of $47,000. To apply, contact Ohio Sea Grant Assistant Director of Administration and Research Kristen Fussell.

In addition, applications are open for the 2018-2019 International Joint Commission – Ohio Sea Grant Fellowship at the IJC Great Lakes Regional Office in Windsor, Ontario. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 23. Students who are enrolled in a graduate or professional program in natural resources, public health, marine, coastal, Great Lakes or aquatic-related fields, or the international policy decisions that affect those fields at a U.S. accredited institution of higher education, may apply. Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing a master’s, doctoral or professional degree before Feb. 10 to be eligible.

Ohio Coal Development Office RFP Announced

The Ohio Development Services Agency is issuing 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.

Macron’s pledge to wipe out coal is just as meaningless as Trump’s plan to revive it

The Conversation

January 25, 2018

Featured expert: column author Jay Zagorsky, economist and research scientist

Corals have weaker immunity as the climate warms

January 23, 2018

Featured expert: Andrea Grottoli, professor of earth sciences

Bigger, Faster Avalanches, Triggered by Climate Change

New York Times

January 24, 2018

Featured expert: Lonnie G. Thompson, professor of geological sciences

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.

February EPN Breakfast: For Love of Rivers: Celebrating 50 Years of the Scenic River Act, Feb. 13

Bob Gable, scenic rivers program manager with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, will provide a brief history of the scenic rivers program and an overview of what makes these rivers so special and some of the efforts to protect them. Former First Lady Hope Taft will follow with a discussion of what it takes to keep a scenic river “scenic” when she talks about some of her local efforts to protect the Little Miami State and National Scenic River right in her own backyard.

Water and Cities in Ohio: Are We Prepared for Climate Change?, Feb. 16

The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis is hosting a panel discussion on Friday, Feb. 16 at 12 noon in Thompson Library, Room 165. Panelists will discuss climate change and its effects on cities and city water systems. Read more.

CAR is taking us into the future, Feb. 20

Learn about the great work happening at the Ohio State Center for Automotive Research (CAR) with Maryn Weimer, Senior Associate Vice President, on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 11:30 am at the Longaberger Alumni House, 2200 Olentangy River Road. Her talk will include details on Ohio State’s efforts to improve transportation and sustainability through the Smart Columbus program. Read more.