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Energy and the Environment

The protection and restoration of Southeast Ohio’s abundant natural resources has long been a hallmark of the Voinovich School’s research. The School’s Energy and Environmental Management Program has more than two decades of experience working with faculty and staff from across Ohio University and with dozens of local, state, and federal agencies to develop practical solutions to improve our energy, water, air, and land systems. Major initiatives include the Appalachian Watershed Research Group which restores rivers and streams that have long been polluted by acid mine drainage from abandoned coal mines in the region; the Ohio Center for Air Quality which conducts monitoring and modeling of criteria air pollutants throughout the Ohio River Valley; and CE3 which explores the interconnectivity between energy, environmental restoration and economic competitiveness.

In addition, the school is the home of Ohio University’s Environmental Studies program, which offers an innovative, interdisciplinary master’s program and undergraduate certificate, and promotes environmental education throughout the curriculum.