Energy and Environment Outreach and Engagement

To effectively address the energy and related environmental issues facing our state, nation, and world, partnerships are essential.

In addition to collaboration among the university’s many energy and related research laboratories, Ohio State facilitates a myriad of external relationships (formal and informal, collaborative and consultative, sponsor and client) with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Ohio-based businesses as well as national and multinational corporations. These partnerships, as well as joint projects with other academic institutions in the United States and abroad, advance our goal of positioning Ohio State as the land-grant institution leader in energy issues.

We can provide energy experts to speak at energy-related programs and public meetings. Contact us at 614-247-4762 for information.

Recent Outreach Activities

Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate Research Forum On May 18, 2018, The Ohio State University and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission hosted a dialog on “Building Resilient Communities in a Changing Climate.” Experts from Ohio State, MORPC, and central Ohio communities presented the challenges facing local infrastructure and the public health resulting from localized climate change impacts, what actions are currently being taken to combat these problems, and how Ohio State, MORPC, and local communities are working together to best prevent, mitigate, and adapt to the effects of our changing environment.

Comprehensive Energy Management Plan The university’s Comprehensive Energy Management Project officially launched on July 6, 2017. Approved by the Board of Trustees in April, it will improve Ohio State’s energy efficiency while enhancing our academic mission, and advancing the next generation of sustainable energy solutions.

Ohio State's First "West-Fest" a SuccessByrd Polar and Climate Research Center, the Center for Applied Plant Sciences, and the Office of Energy and Environment hosted the festival for members of the central Ohio community to see the many science laboratories and research centers housed on Ohio State’s West Campus.

Time for Change Week 2017A week-long series of student-organized events to raise community awareness and activism about energy, environment and sustainability issues.

Ohio State Enters into Sustainability Collaborations with Monaco FoundationOhio 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.

Ohio State Earns Gold Status in Sustainability Rating SystemThe Ohio State University achieved a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The university received high marks by achieving a perfect score in campus engagement and sustainability planning and governance, as well as for its innovation efforts.

Students Flood Theater for DiCaprio's Climate Change Documentary The 2016 documentary "Before the Flood" follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

Prince of Monaco visit highlights Ohio State's sustainability successes HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco came to Ohio State on August 31, 2016 with a message for students: It's up to you to embrace the alternative energy that he believes will steer the world away from global disaster.

Ohio State to play a central role in implementing Smart City Challenge Researchers and facilities at The Ohio State University will play a central role as the collaborative Smart City team comes together under an unprecedented $140 million program to transform Central Ohio into the nation’s premier transportation innovation region.

Ohio State MBA Students Test Sustainable Business Model in Tanzania Each year, over 2,000 Ohio State students travel abroad to conduct research, learn about themselves and others, and better society. In May, Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business Global Applied Projects Program sent six of its Master of Business Administration students to rural Tanzania to investigate a proposed franchise business model that would help Ohio State’s Global Water Institute (GWI) improve clean water access there.

Reflections on Laudato Si, Pope Francis' Encyclical on Ecology Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the first cardinal from Ghana, visited Ohio State’s Columbus campus for a community discussion on global sustainability on Nov. 2, 2015.Turkson has become the face of climate change at the Vatican, having led the drafting process of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, presented at the Vatican conference on climate change on April 28, and introduced the encyclical during a June 18 news conference.

Environmental Film Series for Students: Autumn 2015The Office of Energy and Environment and the Environmental Professionals Network hosted a film series designed to raise awareness of climate change and the economic, health, political and environmental impacts resulting from climate change, on six Tuesday evenings in October and November 2015. Three evenings screened episodes from the PBS series "Earth, A New Wild," and three evenings screened episodes of the Showtime series "Years of Living Dangerously."

Discovery Theme Lecture: Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland visited Ohio State on Sept. 28, 2015 as the Autumn 2015 Discovery Theme Lecturer. Brundtland gained international recognition as a leader on key global challenges, the environment, human rights, sustainable development, and global security issues. She travels and lectures extensively as a leading voice on climate change, for a healthier and better educated world, and a champion of sustainable development.

Ohio State Water Experts Speak to Columbus Metropolitan Club Three experts from Ohio State University discussed the battle for Lake Erie, and for all of Ohio’s water, at the June 3, 2015 Columbus Metropolitan Club Luncheon. FAES Dean Bruce McPheron, Ohio Sea Grant Director Jeff Reutter and Eugene Braig, School of Environment and Natural Resources, discussed managing Ohio's freshwater assets, as well as algal blooms on Lake Erie and other bodies of water.

Ohio State Students Travel to Gain Knowledge on Sustainability Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment provided financial assistance to Ohio State students to attend or participate in conferences or seminars related to energy, environment or sustainability. During the 2014-2015 academic year, 12 students received travel funds to learn about energy, environment or sustainability.

Sustainable Farming Conference to Feature 19 Ohio State Experts The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) 36th annual conference, “Sustainable Agriculture: Renewing Ohio’s Heart and Soil,” was held February 13-15, 2015 and featured Ohio State and industry scientists, specialists and students offering an updated look at some of the important issues facing growers in organic and sustainable agriculture.

Ohio State Motorsports Day at the Ohio Statehouse, April 17, 2014 hosted by Ohio State’s Center for Automotive Research and Office of Energy and Environment, recognized the groundbreaking technologies in transportation and the hands-on education of students undertaken by CAR for more than 25 years. CAR paves the way for students to actively participate in research, design, and development of alternative fuel vehicles that enhance current technology and create the discoveries for future cars, trucks and motorcycles.

enCORE, Ohio State's Entry in 2011 Solar Decathlon, Installed on Campus The enCORE house, a student-designed and -built solar house entered in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, has been rebuilt on campus for research, education, and outreach purposes.

2012 Public and Land Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges, hosted by Ohio State, featured top academic leaders and energy experts in higher education, policy development, industry, research and government to lead the conversation about our country's energy challenges for the next 50 years.

Ohio Energy Project facilitates students’ and teachers’ understanding of the science of energy and its efficient use, in order to empower the next generation of energy consumers. Each year, the Office of Energy and Environment partners with OEP to educate Ohio teachers on the latest in energy research, so that knowledge can be transferred into their classrooms.