Student Energy and Environment News

Nov. 28, 2018

Look here for news, events, opportunities or scholarships and grants related to sustainability here at Ohio State! In this edition, we’ve got a sustainable suggestion for donating clothes and household items you may have at the end of the semester. And in case you’ve missed it, see the details about Smart CampusE Challenge, a competition to support campus sustainability innovation. Prizes include cash and a trip to France!

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Proposals now open for 2019 Ohio State Energy Partners Awards
Ohio State Energy Partners contributes $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes as part of its academic collaboration with Ohio State. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council is engaging the Ohio State community in a request for proposals for that funding to help advance important priorities across the university while also promoting inter-college and community collaboration. Priority will be given to proposals that align with one or more of the following focus areas:

  • Sustainability
  • Leadership
  • Income Equality
  • Nine Dimensions of Wellness
  • Addiction
  • Arts & Humanities

Proposals are due Jan. 14 and must be submitted by a current Ohio State student, faculty member, or staff member; cannot focus on coal or political advocacy; and must align with the University's Strategic Plan. Funding levels range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded on a one-time basis. The online Award Application Form and details are at

… and While You’re Pondering Great Solutions …
Do you have a great idea to make campus more sustainable? Put it into action with Ohio State Energy Partners’ Smart CampusE Challenge, a venture capitalist-style competition for students to support campus sustainability innovation. Teams of three to five students from all Ohio State campuses can propose projects that support university sustainability goals. Projects can impact any of these goals, not just those related to energy. Proposals must be submitted by Dec. 7. Teams with the best ideas will be invited to present their proposals to judges Feb. 16. The highest-scoring team will receive a trip to Paris, France, to attend ENGIE Innovation Week. The top three teams will receive cash prizes and share a total of up to $190,000 to implement their projects! Learn more and submit your team’s idea at

Attention on-campus residents! Donate your gently used end-of-semester clothing and household items at a residence hall lobby. Goodwill responsibly recycles them or sells your items in-store. Proceeds from both activities support programming for people with disabilities and other barriers to find independence through the power of work!
When: Dec. 3- 14
Where: North, South and West Campus Residence Halls
Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability will also have a one-day staff collection on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Collection bins will be available at the Drake Performance & Event Center turn-around starting in the morning.
Check out for more information.

Sustainability Highlights Community Engagement Conference in January
Registration is now open for Ohio State’s 2nd Annual Community Engagement Conference, Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.
Faculty, staff, students and community partners are invited to the conference for two days of insights and new connections that will expand your professional horizons in sustainability. The keynote speakers are Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, environmental policy expert, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland. Register by Dec. 7 for the early-bird price of $85. Special registration for students is just $30 for two days or $20 for one day.
Register and learn more at
Contact: Ben Lewis, or Jared Morrison,

Wear a Sweater – an Ugly one! – and Turn Down your Heat
Student Life Energy Management and Sustainability is holding its annual Ugly Sweater Contest. Help promote energy savings by wearing your most ridiculous sweaters to show that you are taking the #2DegreePledge to turn down your thermostat this winter. Take a picture of your team wearing your sweaters and send it to by 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. This year’s competition will feature winners for two categories: “Ugliest Collection” and best use of the theme “Warm Buckeyes.”

Department of Energy Offers Scholarships
The U.S. Department of Energy is accepting applications for its Scholars Program, which selects talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, for appointments that help prepare and motivate them toward entry and mid-level research, technical and professional DOE positions in the areas of:

  • energy security
  • nuclear security
  • scientific discovery and innovation
  • environmental responsibility
  • management excellence
  • cyber security
  • safeguards and security
  • technological advancement

Appointments are available for a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. Applications for 2019 opportunities will be accepted through 5 p.m. Dec. 17.


Christmas Tree Sustainability: EPN breakfast, Dec. 4
Join a spirited exploration of the environmental trade-offs between real and artificial winter holiday decorations with the Environmental Professionals Network. Discounts are available to students.


AEP is seeking to hire a Corporate Sustainability Intern for January through June 2019, for 20-30 hours per week. The position description specifically requires that candidates undergraduate students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program.