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
$100,000 Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum