Campuswide email: Oct. 19, 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

We are continuing to work on the next phase of the Comprehensive Energy Management Project. This is a status update.

For those new to campus, the core goal behind this project is to advance sustainability. Achieving major energy efficiencies will reduce Ohio State's carbon footprint.

During fall semester we will finalize materials for a Request for Proposals (RFP), which would allow us to seek bids from six teams of energy experts as circumstances permit. We will continue to meet with advisory groups and campus governance groups while the work on the RFP material progresses.

Our work to date has informed us that 1) some of the world's leading experts in energy conservation and management want to help Ohio State meet our goals and 2) we have potential: a partnership could help Ohio State achieve major energy efficiency while preserving the university’s resources for other mission specific priorities.

We need more information to know how that potential translates into reality. An RFP will seek information from possible partners related to all of the university’s requirements: high quality service, major improvements in energy conservation, connections with students and faculty that enrich their academic work, and resources to focus on our core priorities.

This is an innovative way to approach energy use and sustainability while accomplishing our goals. We will continue to keep you informed as the process moves forward. 

Bruce A. McPheron, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost

Geoffrey S. Chatas, M.Phil, MBA
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jay Kasey
Senior Vice President, Administration and Planning