Ohio State Energy in the News

Task force to study how to execute Kasich’s order to combat harmful algal blooms

The Columbus Dispatch

August 14, 2018

Featured experts: Elizabeth Dayton, soil scientist, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Chris Winslow, director, Ohio Sea Grant

Ohio State begins planning $50M energy research lab

Business First

August 14, 2018

Ohio State University has sent out a call to start brainstorming first drafts to design a $50 million research hub called the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, part of Ohio State's partnership with Engie and Axium Infrastructre.

In 2017, Engie and Axium won a 50-year, $1.165 billion contract to be Ohio State’s energy supplier.

Study: Warmer Soil Releasing More Carbon

Voice of America, August 10, 2018

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science. director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

Six New Sustainable Business Practices

IGS Energy Resource Library

August 2018

The importance of sustainability and its impact on business practices has become undeniable. Recently there has been a global shift away from consumer-based economies and cultures to ones that are conserver-based. This shift, it is argued, will create more jobs, wealth and a higher quality of life for ensuing generations than current practices of consuming and degrading resources that are in finite supply.

Featured Author: Neil Drobny, Fisher College of Business

Mirror Lake: Ohio State unveils the revamped campus landmark


August 10, 2018

You can once again walk around Mirror Lake at Ohio State University.

The campus lake and surrounding area have been undergoing reconstruction the last two years. Changes were made following the death of a student who jumped into the lake.

Mirror Lake set to reopen after major renovations

Fox 28

August 6, 2018

One of the iconic landmarks on Ohio State's campus is getting ready to reopen. A two-year renovation is over and later this week, students and staff will be able to once again head down to Mirror Lake.

Warmer soil releasing more carbon, worsening climate change

Associated Press

August 1, 2018

Even the dirt on the ground is making climate change worse, a new study finds...

...If something isn’t done, “we are really in trouble,” said Rattan Lal of Ohio State University, who wasn’t part of the study. He added that proper soil conservation techniques — such as avoiding plowing, off-season cover crop and leaving crop residue on the ground — can help keep more of the carbon in the soil.

Featured expert: Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science. director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

U.S. says driving would be riskier if fuel standards were tougher

The draft of an administration proposal says that people will drive less if their vehicles get fewer miles per gallon, lowering the risk of crashes.

Associated Press via Newsday

July 31, 2018

The Trump administration says people would drive more and be exposed to increased risk if their cars get better gas mileage, an argument intended to justify freezing Obama-era toughening of fuel standards...

...Giorgio Rizzoni, an engineering professor and director of the Center for Automotive Research at Ohio State University, said, "allow me to be skeptical. To say that safety is a direct result of somehow freezing the fuel economy mandate for a few years, I think that's a stretch."

Featured expert: Giorgio Rizzoni, professor of engineering and director, Center for Automotive Research

OSU redesigns lake hoping to end tradition of jumping in before Michigan game

Dayton Daily News

July 31, 2018

After nearly two years of construction, Mirror Lake — a crown jewel of Ohio State’s main campus — is being refilled with water, lined with new landscaping and outfitted with Wi-Fi.

University officials are hopeful that the new design will permanently end the long-standing tradition of jumping in the lake before the Michigan-OSU football game.

Mirror Lake now filled with water, slated for August completion

Business First

July 27, 2018

Ohio State University is nearing its last steps in the restoration of Mirror Lake, a project the school undertook in late 2016.

Now, the lake is filled to the brim with water – but it isn't nearly as deep as before.

Live from the Ohio State Fair: Agriculture and Algal Pollution in Ohio's Lakes

WOSU All Sides

July 26, 2018

For more than a decade, algal blooms have turned many Ohio waterways into thick, green mush, choking fish and turning the water toxic to humans. Runoff from farm fields is the biggest culprit...

...Join us today for a conversation on agricultural and algal pollution in Ohio lakes as we broadcast live from the Ohio State Fair.

Featured expert: panelist Jeffrey Reutter, PhD, former director, Ohio State University Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Algal blooms spread beyond Chippewa Lake

The (Medina) Gazette

July 25, 2018

Hands shot in the air after Medina County Park District capital projects coordinator Nate Eppink asked, “Has anyone in the room been affected by algal blooms?”...

...Chris Winslow of the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory used Lake Erie as an example of a body of water that has sustained multiple algal blooms in recent years.

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

Lake Erie dead zone poses annual problems for Cleveland drinking water, altering smell, taste, color


July 25, 2018

Lake Erie's harmful algal blooms typically spend the summer in the Western Basin, but as the lake warms and winds from the west blow the blooms eastward, they merge with a separate, less toxic bloom of a different type of algae in the Central Basin.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, retired director of Ohio State's Sea Grant and Stone Lab

AEP, state take steps to prepare high-school students for future in workforce

The Columbus Dispatch

July 25, 2018

American Electric Power has joined with the state of Ohio to create a college- and career-readiness program for high schoolers.

… ONE was approved in the most recent state budget, Burgess said, so Ohio’s high school class of 2018 saw the first eligible students. As the program grows and attracts more employees to serve as mentors, the volume of participants will grow, too.

“I definitely see the program continuing to build,” Burgess said. “For one, there is a growing list of businesses across the state who support the initiative ... and Ohio State (University) is supporting this, too.”

For Columbus, a city is only smart if the public is behind it

Digital Trends

July 25, 2018

Columbus, Ohio, may have won the nationwide Smart City Challenge, but all the grant money in the world won’t help it prepare for the future if the city doesn’t also win over public opinion

… Meanwhile, Ohio State University and Honda have partnered to build a nearby autonomous vehicle testing facility.

What’s the value of a clean beach? Here’s how economists do the numbers

The Conversation

July 24, 2018

Millions of Americans head outdoors in the summer, whether for a day at a nearby lake or a monthlong road trip. For environmental economists like me, decisions by vacationers and outdoor recreators offer clues to a challenging puzzle: estimating what environmental resources are worth.

Featured expert: Timothy Haab, professor of environmental economics

Biology: Coral becoming more vulnerable, studies find

Columbus Dispatch

July 22, 2018

Australian biologists recently reported an increase in major coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef over the past 40 years.

Featured expert: column author Steve Rissing, professor of biology

Ohio State Producing New Crop Of Urban Farmers


July 18, 2018

About 30 urban farmers tend land in Columbus, up from just five a few years ago. About a quarter of the farmers grow vegetables full-time for their income. The Ohio State University Extension office, the outreach arm of CFAES, wants to encourage more people to start an urban farm.

“We have a project right now where the university is committed to buying about 40 percent of its food purchases from local sources," says Mike Hogan, associate professor at Ohio State Extension in Franklin County. "And we’re working with families very close in the University District to help them develop microbusinesses where they learn how to grow food that the university is willing to purchase."

Melting Permafrost Has Revealed Thousands Of Hidden Microbial Populations


July 18, 2018

Predicting climate change can be tricky, in part because there is so much that we just don't know. But new research on microbes and viruses in Sweden's thawing permafrost – aka a thick subterranean layer of soil that has remained completely frozen for two years or more – may hold some answers. The results have been published in Nature, Nature Microbiology, and the ISME Journal.

Featured expert: Virginia Rich, assistant professor of microbiology

The surprising way fracking's microbes could illuminate heart health

The Daily Beast The Daily Beast

July 17

...And while fracking has faced plenty of environmental vitriol, it could have the potential of being a live simulation of how microbes thrive in crevices. That’s because microbes seem to do just that in the crevices created by fracking.

Featured experts: Kelly Wrighton, assistant professor, and Mikayla Borton, graduate research associate, microbiology