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State universities partner for clean energy initiatives
15 institutions form alliance for clean energy research and awareness

ATHENS, Ohio (April 24, 2007) -- Showcasing Ohio's rich history of research and development in environment- and energy-related fields, 15 Ohio universities signed a memorandum of understanding that fosters an alliance between participating universities on April 23.

The signing came in the inaugural meeting of the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio, themed "Ohio's Future in Advanced Energy." Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland delivered remarks on the importance of research and development of clean energy alternatives to the state.

The document represents a collective message from Ohio's outstanding universities about the importance of secure and clean energy to both the state and the nation as a whole.

"The goals of the UCEAO are to enhance the state's research capabilities in advanced energy; to link our talented faculty, staff and students in ways that help Ohio become a recognized leader in energy research and development, education, and technology commercialization; and to help retain, attract and grow businesses that will transform the state's economy," said Scott Miller, director of Energy and Environmental Programs at Ohio University's George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

Each participating university boasts notable research credentials in energy and environment, which will ensure a strong foundation for the alliance. Several participating institutions utilize energy and environmental researchers representing the finest in the nation. However, over time the alliance as a whole will likely prove to be greater than the sum of its individual participants.

Participating institutions include University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, Miami University, The Ohio State University, University of Toledo, Wright State University, University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University, University of Dayton, Ohio University, Central State University, Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Shawnee State University and Youngstown State University.

"The UCEAO represents a tremendous opportunity for Ohio University to raise its state and national profile by providing a platform for our outstanding researchers to connect with their peers from around the state and nation," Miller said. "We feel Ohio University has a tremendous amount to contribute to this dialogue and look forward to listening to other institutions and sharing our successes in an attempt to make Ohio a leader in advanced energy development."

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