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In 1999, the Center for Air Quality at Ohio University was formed as a research group that uses new technology to collect air pollution data and make it accessible to researchers and policy makers in the state.

The institute was awarded $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Energy in 2003 to build a state-of-the-art air pollution monitoring station on a high hill in Athens, centered in the Ohio River Valley region.

In 2010, the Center was awarded grants to develop a comprehensive carbon budget for the state of Ohio as part of an integrated climate change impact analysis.

Through funding by Department of Energy, Ohio EPA, U.S. EPA, and the Great Lakes Commission, the Center for Air Quality has been evaluating the emissions transport and deposition of mercury both regionally and globally through comprehensive monitoring and modeling programs.

In 2005, our research center joined the Ohio Coal Research Center, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, and other academic programs and environmental and policy experts at Ohio University to form the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment. The consortium brings together cross-disciplinary resources to improve public awareness, technical understanding, and student and faculty engagement on environmental policies affecting the Ohio region.