Ashley Ahearn, KUOW 94.9 Nov 20, 2015
Courtesy of Tom Hodson, WOUB Nov 19, 2015
Policy is the common denominator of all of CE3’s projects. Whether the project is meant to analyze policies for a client or examine the potential implications of a policy on a prospective project, everything we do relates to the impacts of energy and environmental policies and regulations on Ohio. CE3 faculty, staff and students are well-versed in the policies that affect their subject areas of air, data, energy, land and water and how these topics overlap at every turn. Our extensive network of professional connections throughout the region enhances the work products we deliver to our diverse set of clients and stakeholders.
Ohio University Voinovich School
The U.S. Department of Energy former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (PORTS) near Piketon, Ohio has been an important economic player in the Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson County region for many decades. As the decommissioning and decontamination process continues at the PORTS site, it is expected that this transition period will lead to further changes in the region’s socio-economic profile. The extent to which decision-makers can minimize transitional stress and maximize the economic prospects for the region hinges greatly upon the cleanup and transfer of the PORTS site and site assets for other economic use.
Through a grant from the US DOE Office of Environmental Management Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, the Voinovich School’s contributions to PORTS site repurposing efforts build upon findings from the School’s PORTSfuture public outreach task completed in 2011. Under the outreach task, Ohio University conducted a 15-month, broad-based, grass-roots, public participation process to identify the community’s future-use preferences for the PORTS campus. Based upon the community preferences, site repurposing activities are focusing on integrating the results of the public preference voting with the overall plan for the future of the site. The Voinovich School is part of a collaborative team engaged in a data-driven process to identify viable industries to target for site reuse and identify marketing tools aimed at potential future users at PORTS. Energy sector opportunities are explored in the white paper, Energy Sector Opportunities for the PORTS Campus (pdf). For more information on the PORTSfuture project site repurposing efforts, please visit: http://www.portsfuture.com/siterepurposing.aspx.
As part of a project funded by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Office of Affordable Housing Research and Strategic Planning and the Governor’s Office of Appalachia, the Voinovich School in 2012 examined the ongoing impact of shale development on rental housing availability and cost and on homelessness in Carroll County and four contiguous counties. The findings show that demand for affordable housing has risen significantly. The influx of shale workers, limited availability of affordable housing in the county for residents, and housing per diems provided to temporary workers, have enabled rental market prices to climb. Additional factors have led to a strain on the existing housing infrastructure. The project is intended to help the Agency choose Ohio communities to monitor long-term. Click here for more information.
CE3 is working with the U.S. EPA to conduct outreach to Ohio companies whose facilities will be required to report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under federal law. The CE3 Policy Team is working to conduct webinars, workshops and online resources that will help to inform this effort.
To visit CE3's Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program Portal, please visit: www.ohio.edu/ce3/ghgrp.