Announcements and other news about Ohio State's innovative partnership for comprehensive energy management.

Annual contributions support response to coronavirus 

May 6, 2020: Ohio State Energy Partners has dedicated $250,000 of its philanthropic contributions for 2020 to emerging needs resulting from the coronavirus crisis, including financial assistance for students, COVID-19-related research and community enrichment through the arts. As part of its commitment to academic collaboration at The Ohio State University, OSEP contributes $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. (Read more)

Grant award winners advance innovation, collaboration

May 13, 2019: Twenty-one projects — tackling issues such as addiction recovery, sustainability and income inequality — have been awarded grants in the second year of philanthropic funding from The Ohio State University’s comprehensive energy management partnership. (Read more)

Report details progress of partnership

Feb. 26, 2019: The university presented the first annual report on the comprehensive energy management partnership to the Senate Fiscal Committee today. The report details progress and performance related to sustainability, academic collaboration activities, capital projects, operations and use of funds to support Ohio State's academic mission. (Read report | View summary)

New scholarships support students with interest in sustainability

Feb. 18, 2019: Ohio State has awarded its first student scholarships from two new endowments created from the academic collaboration portion of the comprehensive energy management project. The grants are awarded to undergraduate, graduate and professional students based on academic ability, financial need, and a demonstrated interest in sustainability. (Read more)

Six student teams win funding for sustainability projects

Feb. 16, 2019: Ohio State Energy Partners has awarded a total of $144,000 to six student teams for their project proposals to make the Columbus campus more sustainable. The teams competed in the first Smart Campus Challenge, a venture capitalist-style sustainability competition. (Read more

Innovation center to focus on technology commercialization

Feb. 15, 2019: Ohio State is seeking design approval from the Board of Trustees for the Energy Advancement and Innovation Center, a hub for technology commercialization first outlined in the university’s comprehensive energy management partnership. The proposed building would be co-located with the Interdisciplinary Research Facility in an innovation district being developed on west campus. (Read more)

Funding available for proposals

Nov. 26, 2018: Ohio State Energy Partners has announced the 2019 Annual OSEP Awards, as part of its continuing commitment to academic collaboration with the university. OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. Working with OSEP, the Energy Academic Collaboration Council will engage the Ohio State community in a request for proposals. (Read more)

One year later: Ohio State energy partnership benefiting campus, students

July 12, 2018: It has been one year since The Ohio State University entered into a 50-year partnership to improve the university’s energy management and sustainability. And the agreement is already leading to a brighter campus and brighter students. (Read more

OSEP launches energy conservation projects

July 12, 2018: Ohio State’s energy efficiency program is shifting into high gear. ENGIE Services will be launching sustainability projects throughout campus in the second year of the university’s comprehensive energy management partnership. (Read more

University’s energy partner contributes $810,000 to academic, student programs

June 28, 2018: Ohio State Energy Partners has funded $810,000 to a wide variety of university organizations in its first year on campus, with contributions supporting academic initiatives, sustainability and other priorities. (Read more

Trustees approve endowments from energy proceeds

June 8, 2018: The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved the establishment of the 11 endowments from proceeds of from the Comprehensive Energy Management transaction, including the $700 million Strategic Initiatives Endowment Fund. (Read more)

OSEP launches website

April 17, 2018: Ohio State Energy Partners has launched its website, which offers news and updates from the company. Ohio State will continue to maintain this website to reflect university news and information. (Go to

Students brainstorm ideas for energy conservation

March 28, 2018: Nearly 50 students from across colleges participated in an INNOVATE-O-thon to develop strategies that would inspire students to reduce their energy consumption. (Read more)

Energy partnership wins another top award

March 20, 2018: For the second time, Ohio State’s public-private partnership for comprehensive energy management has been recognized as the year’s best example of innovative funding. (Read more)

Trustees approve first energy conservation projects

Feb. 5, 2018: Energy conservation measures will improve lighting at dozens of campus buildings and create a more efficient heating and cooling system for a campus laboratory building through capital projects to be launched this spring. (Read more)

University staff benefit from one-time distribution

Nov. 15, 2017: Ohio State distributed $375 to about 8,700 university staff members in recognition of their contributions to the advancement of Ohio State’s collaborative strategic plan and in conjunction with the continuing success of the university’s innovative funding and efficiencies program. (Read Lantern story)

Ohio State wins top national award for 'groundbreaking' energy partnership

Sept. 26, 2017: P3 Bulletin, a publication focused on public-private partnerships, has awarded Ohio State its top award, hailing the Comprehensive Energy Management Project as as "groundbreaking approach" that could be a model for other universities to achieve their academic goals. (Read more)

University to increase student financial aid with funding from new endowment

Sept. 26, 2017: The Ohio State University will increase aid to provide an unprecedented affordability commitment for in-state students. (Read more)

Energy partnership announces academic investments to support Ohio State programs

Aug. 29, 2017: ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure announced $200,000 in academic support to programs aiding women in engineering, student sustainability programs and The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. (Read more)

University launches sustainability and energy innovation partnership

July 17, 2017: The university’s Comprehensive Energy Management Project officially launched on July 6. Approved by the Board of Trustees in April, it will improve Ohio State’s energy efficiency while advancing the next generation of sustainable energy solutions.  (Read more)

Campus update: Planning is under way for transition of energy systems 

May 2, 2017: Ohio State is working with the university’s new sustainability partner to complete the transition of our energy systems during the summer. (Read the campus-wide update)

Moody's: Upfront Payment from Energy Management Initiative Enhances Ohio State's Competitive Position

April 12, 2017: These thoroughly planned partnerships, the magnitude of which sets Ohio State apart from its peers, contribute to a significant increase in financial reserves and greater revenue diversity, credit positives for one of the nation's 10 largest public universities. (Read the report)

Ohio State University trustees approve Comprehensive Energy Management Project

April 7, 2017: The Ohio State University Board of Trustees today approved the Comprehensive Energy Management Project, a public-private partnership that promises to modernize the university’s Columbus campus, create substantial academic benefits and establish a major center for energy research and technology commercialization. (Read more)