Campus engagement

The Ohio State community actively engaged in discussions of the Comprehensive Energy Management Project in face-to-face meetings; public forums; campuswide emails; updates in campus publications; and this website.

The university has established two committees of students, faculty and staff to provide ongoing advice related to the operations, capital improvements and sustainability aspects of the Comprehensive Energy Management Project. A third advisory committee is focused on development of the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center.

Energy Academic Collaboration Council

The EACC is specifically focused on academic collaboration and campus engagement related to the partnership. Read the charge

Co-facilitators: 

  • Kate Bartter, Director of the Office of Energy and Environment
  • Randy Moses, interim Senior Vice President for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anil Arya, John J. Gerlach Chair in Accounting and MIS, Fisher College of Business

Kate Bartter, Director, Office of Energy and Environmenet

Jeff Bielicki, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering and John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Kate Calder, Professor, Statistics

Molly Ranz Calhoun, Associate Vice President for Student Life

Kip Curtis, Assistant Professor, Environmental History, Department of History, Mansfield

Prabir Dutta, Distinguished University Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Sarah Gartner, President, Inter-Professional Council

Elena Irwin, Faculty Director, Sustainable and Resilient Economy; Professor, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Cathann Kress, Vice President of Agricultral Administration, Dean of College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Randy Moses, interim senior vice president, Research Administration

Keith Myers, Vice President of Physical Planning, Administration and Planning

Michael Papadakis, Interim Senior Vice President of Business and Finance and CFO

Rilee Peebles, Undergraduate Student Government

Giorgio Rizzoni, Director, Center for Automotive Research; Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Sara Rubin, Vice President, Principal Gifts - Office of Advancement

Jay Sayre, Assistant VP, Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability; Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials Research

David Staley, Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Humanities Institute; Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice

Alex Wesaw, President, Council of Graduate Students

David Williams, Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges, Dean of the College of Engineering

Visionary Project Advisory Committee

The VPAC, comprised of EACC members and a representative of Ohio State Energy Partners, is specifically focused on the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center component of the academic collaboration plan.

  • Chair: Randy Moses, interim Senior Vice President for Research and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Elena Irwin, Faculty Director, Sustainable and Resilient Economy; Professor, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Randy Moses, interim senior vice president, Research Administration

Keith Myers, Vice President of Physical Planning, Administration and Planning

Jay Sayre, Assistant VP, Materials and Manufacturing Sustainability; Director of Innovation, Institute for Materials Research

Serdar Tufekci, CEO, Ohio State Energy Partners

Energy Advisory Committee

The EAC is charged with reviewing and providing advice to university leaders on Ohio State Energy Partners' proposals for capital improvements, its operating plans, and other aspects of the energy partnership.  Read excerpts from the concession agreement

  • Chair: Scott Potter, Senior Director - Comprehensive Energy Management

Kate Bartter, Director, Office of Energy and Environment

Zahi Ben-David, Professor, Finance,  Fisher College of Business

Molly Ranz Calhoun, Associate Vice President for Student Life

Mark Conselyea, Associate Vice President, Wexner Medical Center Facilities 

Mike Dixon, Senior Administration Director, Facilities Support 

Christopher Hadad, Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Dean – Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Doug Huffner, Senior Director & Chief Risk Officer

Scott Klute, Senior Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Michael Papadakis, interim Senior Vice President of Business and Finance and CFO

Mike Penner, Senior Associate Athletic Director

Scott Potter, EAC Chair, Senior Director – Comprehensive Energy Management

Daniel Prater, Student, ME - College of Engineering, Sustainability Chair-Lincoln Tower

Paul Sherwood, Assistant Vice President, Director – Facilities Design & Construction  

J.C. Speiser, Manager Debt Operations – Financial Services

Serdar Tufekci, CEO, Ohio State Energy Partners 

Contact information

  • For general questions about the Comprehensive Energy Management Project,  email us

 

Engagement during the evaluation 

The university held a series of meetings in October, November and December 2014 to introduce the project to faculty, staff and students through the university governance process. The university met with more than 30 groups and sought input from three advisory groups throughout the evaluation process. On April 4, 2017, the University Senate passed a resolution supporting a partnership. The Board of Trustees approved the partnership on April 7, 2017. 

Updates about the project also were shared with the full university community through regular email updates and university news channels including onCampus Today, onCampus Weekly and onCampus. In addition, we frequently updated this website and responded to questions or comments submitted through this email address.

These are some of the ways students, faculty and staff were engaged and kept informed about the project:

Advisory groups (See detail)

  • President and Provost's Council on Sustainability
  • Faculty Advisory Group
  • Council on the Physical Environment

Governance, leadership and other campus groups

  • Academic leaders: Council of Deans, Faculty Council and others
  • Employees: Utilities staff and Communications Workers of America leaders
  • Governance: Senate Steering, Senate Fiscal Committee and other governance committees, as well as University Senate
  • Student leaders: Council of Graduate Students, Inter-Professional Council, Undergraduate Student Government 
  • University Staff Advisory Committee
  • Other campus groups: Climate Reality Project, United Students Against Sweatshops

Campuswide communication

Public forums (See detail)

  • Jan. 28, 2016: About 70 people attend Undergraduate Student Government town hall
  • Feb. 4, 2015: More than 130 students, faculty and staff attended two campus meetings hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Media

  • Articles in publications including The Lantern, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, Dayton Daily News and others