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Voinovich School workshops for manufacturers recognized for excellence

Austin Stahl September 25, 2012

CE3 OEEF Award Plaque
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) is recognizing Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs with the “Outstanding Project” award for three workshops the School hosted in June 2009, January 2010 and October 2010.

The workshop series, held in partnership with The Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA), was titled, “Ohio Businesses and the New Energy Climate,” and aimed to help businesses integrate energy efficiency and environmental sustainability into strategic planning.

The School worked with OMA’s members to design a program with content targeting the energy agenda of the influential trade group in Ohio, a state dominated by manufacturing. In 2010, the industry supported nearly 17 percent of the state’s GDP, the highest of any sector, with an output of $80 billion, fifth in the nation.

Ohio also regularly ranks as a significant energy consumer in the United States. In 2010, the state used the fifth highest amount of energy in the industrial sector and emitted the fourth largest amount of carbon dioxide from the electric power industry nationwide.  The project was designed to help Ohio manufacturers adapt to the expected regulation of greenhouse gases – legislation projected to significantly affect the state’s economy.

The workshops included a combination of presentations, panel and small group discussions, case studies from manufacturers, and analyses of real-world situations. The full curriculum developed by the Consortium for Energy, Economics, and the Environment (CE3) at the Voinovich School helped participants prepare for the possibility of regulations, remain profitable, and become more sustainable by reducing energy use: assets that are becoming increasingly important in the business world today.

While federal regulations capping carbon emissions never passed through Congress, energy
savings continue to play an important role in corporate decision-making as both an environmental compliance obligation and a cost savings measure. As a follow up to this successful series of workshops, the Voinovich School recently hosted a training session on September 18th for industrial emitters obligated to report under the U.S. EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. Information for the workshop, entitled “Energy Choices for Ohio: Impacts of Efficiency, Technology & Carbon Management,” can be found at the following link: http://www.ohio.edu/ce3/ghgrp/.

For more information about CE3’s projects, please contact Elissa Welch at welche@ohio.edu or 740-537-0112.