Student Energy and Environment News

September 18, 2017

Sustainability News and Updates

Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed watching the Buckeyes at home again! Here are your updates for the week on all things energy and environment at Ohio State.


2017-2018 Student Funding Available for Research, Scholarship, Travel and Student Projects

The Ohio State University is dedicated to advancing education, research, and innovation related to energy, the environment, and sustainability. To further those goals, the Office of Energy and Environment offers student funding in three areas: research, scholarship and travel. Research grants are open to all full-time, degree-seeking Ohio State students interested in researching a particular energy, environment, and/or sustainability-related issue on or near campus. Applications are due Oct. 9.

Blend Burgers at Traditions Locations Are a Sustainable Success

When 10 Student Life Dining Services chefs tried a new blend burger of half mushroom and half beef, half of them preferred the blend burger over the traditional burger without knowing the ingredients. After making the decision to serve students the blend burgers, Dining Services tested them for about six months, training the chefs to cook them correctly and introducing the burger slowly so students didn’t respond negatively to the change. “After that successful testing, we went all out,” says Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life Dining Services.

Funding Available Through Connect and Collaborate Grants Program

The Connect and Collaborate Grants Program incentivizes faculty, staff and students and their public/private sector community partners to submit letters of intent until Sept. 29 for programs with potential to catalyze engaged, collaborative teaching and research activities benefiting the community and university. Grants up to $70,000 are available. Email for more information.

Coca-Cola Student Sustainability Grants Now Open!

Thanks to the generosity of Coca-Cola, the Office of Student Life is proud to offer the Student Sustainability Grant for student-led initiatives that support The Ohio State University’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases, conserve resources and promote sustainability. Seed funding of $500 to $15,000 is available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students or student groups for projects that directly contribute toward reduced environmental impacts on campus. Additional funding may be available and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Encourage students to apply for a Gilman Scholarship

The Office of International Affairs urges faculty and staff to encourage their students to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, a U.S. Department of State grant program that enables students with limited finances to study or intern abroad. The scholarship is open to U.S. students who receive the Federal Pell Grant at a two-year or four-year college or university. Contact Hannah Hackworth for more information.


Student Sustainability Leaders Conference, Sept. 23

All Ohio students are invited to Student Sustainability Leaders: Networking Our Future, a student-run, student-centric conference celebrating undergraduate and graduate contributions, and supporting future leaders in sustainability careers. The event will be held at the University of Dayton’s River Campus. Registration for the event is free! Students of all academic disciplines are invited to attend and present research and scholarship. Registration is now open and will close on Sept. 9. For carpooling to Dayton, contact

Receive FREE LED light bulbs during the OUAB Farmer's Market, Sept. 28

Light Up with LED is a student-led project to promote energy efficient practices among Ohio State students. LED bulbs use less energy than other bulbs and last more than twice as long. Through this program, participants will be able to trade in non-LED bulbs and receive LED bulbs in return. Register here. For more information, visit or email When participants trade in their non-LED bulbs, they will receive a reusable tote bag with their LED bulbs and information on other energy conserving behaviors!

CHPPE Open House, Oct. 6

The center for High Performance Power Electronics (CHPPE) at Ohio State will hold a one-day open house event right after 2017 ECCE. Learn about CHPPE’s latest research and projects, take a lab tour, talk to professors and students, as well as enjoy the beautiful scenery of Columbus. CHPPE is located at 205 Dreese Labs, 2015 Neil Ave. Contact for more information.

DesignColumbus: Sustainable Building Education Day and Trade Show, Oct. 10

This day-long sustainable building and design conference will at takes place this year at 8 a.m. on Oct. 10 at the Ohio Union. Learn from project team presentations, single presenters, seminars, and panel discussions that address your educational needs. Sessions discuss Innovative Sustainable Design Solution on “real” projects and conceptual designs in all phase of design/construction. The conference is co-sponsored by U.S. Green Building Council Ohio and Constructions Specifications Institute. The event is open to the public and students, but you must register online.


OSU Compost Program

The program is looking for someone to work the Worthington Market location on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. beginning immediately! This is a great position for students or anyone else looking to make some extra cash on the weekends. You will also receive free composting! Contact Ray at if you are interested.

OSU Pilot Program

The curbside composting pick-up pilot program is finally ready to launch! If you or someone you know is an enrolled Ohio State student living off-campus within these boundaries: E. Arcadia Ave. on the North, Chittenden Ave. on the South, the Olentangy River on the West, and the railroad tracks just east of N. 4th St. on the East, you are eligible for free or discounted home