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 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
- Feb 2015: Outline of project, including plan for a Request for Qualifications
- June 2015: Results of the RFQ and next steps
- Oct. 2015: Entering phase II, a Requst for Information
- Feb. 2016: Results of the RFI and next steps
- April 2016: End of semester update, plan to issue Request for Proposals
- Oct. 2016: Work continues on RFP materials
- Feb. 2017: University issues an RFP
- March 2017: Three teams bid on Comprehensive Energy Management Project
- March 30, 2017: University recommends energy partnership to support sustainability and academic mission
- May 2, 2017: University and new sustainability partner are working on transition of energy systems
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.
- Articles in publications including The Lantern, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Business First, Dayton Daily News and others