Campuswide email: May 2, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are working with the university’s new sustainability partner to complete the transition of our energy systems during the summer.

Ohio State Energy Partners, formed by ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure, will begin by evaluating buildings and installing smart meters to gather building-specific data about energy use. This is the first step in improving our energy efficiency by at least 25 percent within 10 years.

Also this summer, ENGIE will seek to hire all eligible utilities department employees. If these staff prefer to remain university employees, Ohio State will identify positions at departments across campus and provide at least the same rate of pay.

This autumn, we will engage students, faculty and staff in discussions on advancing our opportunity to become an international leader in sustainability. Focus areas will include:

  • Beginning conceptual work on a $50 million Energy Advancement and Innovation Center for energy research and technology commercialization
  • Identifying next steps for a $15 million endowment to advance sustainability efforts in areas outside the scope of comprehensive energy management
  • Establishing an Energy Advisory Committee with student, faculty and staff representatives to review proposals for energy conservation measures, among other responsibilities

We look forward to continuing to work with you to strengthen Ohio State’s position as a national flagship public research university. Information about the Comprehensive Energy Management Project will continue to be updated at

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