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Webinar: Academic Collaborations that Achieve Sustainable Operations

This webinar will explore how innovative universities are leveraging comprehensive energy management partnerships to collaborate with private industry, research and deploy new technologies, and meet sustainability goals.

In 2017, The Ohio State University signed a 50-year comprehensive energy management partnership with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), formed by ENGIE North America and Axium Infrastructure. The partnership operates and invests in all the systems that heat, cool and distribute power to the university’s Columbus campus. Sustainability and academic collaborations are cornerstone objectives of the partnership — including near-term goals to reduce overall energy consumption by 25% by 2027 and construct a new Energy Advancement and Innovation Center.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) recent selection of Ohio State and ENGIE to receive a $4.9 million Connected Communities grant will enable the partners to expand on OSEP’s objectives. The resulting project will modernize the energy infrastructure of 20 campus buildings and network hundreds of distributed energy resources to better manage consumption at peak times and utilize renewable energy sources.

This webinar will explain the opportunities available to universities via energy-focused public-private partnerships (P3) with real-world examples. Topics covered will include:

Structuring partnerships to achieve ambitious sustainability goals and fund infrastructure improvements
Creating opportunities for academic collaborations that engage students and faculty across schools and departments
Exploring Ohio State’s Connected Communities project goals and progress