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

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.

In 2017, the university and OSEP entered into the comprehensive energy management partnership, which is providing Ohio State with $1.165 billion, launching an unprecedented energy efficiency program and establishing the university as an international leader in sustainability.

As part of its commitment to academic collaboration, OSEP will contribute $810,000 annually to the university or affiliated philanthropic causes. OSEP is a joint venture between ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure.

The company’s first annual contributions will advance important priorities on campus, including drug/alcohol addiction recovery; sustainability; and diversity and inclusion. The arts, student organizations and climate change education are among the beneficiaries. The first of these contributions were announced in August.

The university’s Energy Academic Collaboration Council, which aims to maximize the benefits of the $150 million academic collaboration agreement, advised the company on its contributions.

The first annual contributions include:

Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

            $25,000          Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center

College of Arts and Sciences

            $50,000          Arts and Humanities

            $10,000          Ottoman and Turkish History Lesson Series

College of Engineering

            $50,000          Women in Engineering Program

Fisher College of Business

            $30,000          Distinguished Teaching Fellows

            $30,000          Distinguished Staff and Faculty Recognition Awards

Institute for Materials Research

            $10,000          OSU Materials Week

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

            $50,000          Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Energy and Environment

            $25,000          2018 Climate Engagement Forums

Office of Research

            $100,000       OSEP Research Seed Grant Fund in support of sustainable energy collaborations

Office of Student Life

            $50,000          Collegiate Recovery Community

            $20,000          Women on Fire Retreat

            $50,000          Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Committee

            $50,000          Student Projects Fund for energy projects that engage Undergraduates

            $60,000          Support for sustainability-related Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional student organizations

School of Environment and Natural Resources

            $50,000          Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) Program

The STEAM Factory

            $50,000          The STEAM Factory

University Libraries

            $100,000       Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum