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Energy Programming

In an effort to provide transparency and education in energy reduction efforts at Ohio University, the former program called "Residence Challenge" has transitioned to a multi-tier energy education program.  These programs are made possible through funding from the Sugarbush Foundation and support from Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development.


Co-Curricular Energy Efficiency Education

Office of Sustainability staff will collaborate with COAD to offer hands-on workshops that provide students, faculty, staff and community members with the skills and knowledge necessary to implement energy conservation and weatherization behaviors in their own homes.

COAD Workshops will be focused on rental homes so as to gather more interest from off-campus OU students and offer them energy saving resources.  It is anticipated that workshops will focus on the following:

  • Mobile Heat Lab
  • Energy Efficiency in the Home (Weatherizing)
  • Renewable Energy: Focus on Solar


Additionally, in 2015, we added a collaborative effort with Upgrade Athens County to offer additional educational materials and audit experiences to off-campus residents.  


Energy Education in the Classroom

  • Collaboration with Common Experience Project in Sustainability
  • Development of interdisciplinary lesson plans for use in OU classrooms.
  • Resources and lesson plans for Elementary Education majors to be able to utilize during their student teaching experiences.
  • Office of Sustainability to host service learning opportunities targeted to first- and second- year students in an attempt to augment the program and learning outcomes.