Ohio State Enters into Sustainability Collaborations with Monaco Foundation

Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, MD, recently signed an agreement with The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable development on a global scale.

The move follows a 2016 visit to Ohio State from H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, who met sustainability-minded students and researchers and learned about the university's sustainability practices, in particular its award-winning Zero Waste program.

The partnership between Ohio State and the prince’s foundation could include internships at the foundation, research cooperation and conferences, roundtables and symposia.

The formal signing of the agreement, held May 12 in Monaco, was attended by Drake; Prince Albert II; Bernard Fautrier, vice president and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; and Gildo Pallanca Pastor, a Monegasque businessman and CEO and owner of Venturi Automobiles, which sponsors Ohio State’s record-holding electric landspeed vehicle, the Venturi Buckeye Bullet.(Photo: From right, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, Bernard Fautrier)

As the collaboration develops, Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research, and Kate Bartter, director of the Office of Energy and Environment, will represent Ohio State in discussions with the foundation, which will be represented by Olivier Wenden, executive director of the foundation, and John B. Kelly, president of the foundation’s United States division.

In June 2006, the prince established the foundation, which encourages sustainable and fair management of natural resources and places humans at the center of its projects. It supports projects that focus on climate change and developing renewable energies, combating the loss of biodiversity, improving universal access to clean water and fighting desertification.

Ohio State’s similar commitments include progress toward meeting sustainability goals as well as leadership in developing scientific and policy responses to the global need for energy and the associated effects on the environment. The university’s scientists and innovators have achieved national and international recognition for their work in materials science, mobility research, climate and environmental science, bioproducts, clean and renewable energy technologies and other sustainability related fields.In March, Ohio State announced the university is moving forward with a Comprehensive Energy Management project — an innovative public-private partnership that launched an unprecedented energy efficiency program.