Voinovich School part of Ohio University, OSU partnership to address climate change policies and their impact on Ohio

April 8, 2010

 Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will spend the next 12 months researching and evaluating the impacts of future climate change policies on the state of Ohio. Working with The Ohio State University, Ohio University will develop plans and recommendations to prepare Ohio community members and business leaders for changes in federal climate policy.

Ohio University will collaborate with Ohio State as part of a $500,000 project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act State Energy Program. Both universities’ Public Affairs Schools and both Colleges of Engineering will be working together on the project.

The Voinovich School’s Scott Miller, director of energy and environmental programs, will serve as director of the project.

The proposed work plan for the project includes:
  • a statewide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions
  • an assessment of the opportunities and risks for Ohio's industries
  • recommendations for an Ohio Climate Change Plan
  • development of an energy-economic policy modeling tool to analyze impacts from climate change policies and scenarios in reducing greenhouse gas emissions

The project will close with a final report, which will provide recommendations to Ohio leaders evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a number of climate policy options.

"It is important for Ohio to develop the appropriate tools to become effectively engaged in the federal discussions surrounding climate change issues, including possible federal legislation and current rule-making efforts by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," said Chris Korleski, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. "This collaborative approach between state agencies and universities will allow Ohio to better understand key climate change issues and how they could impact Ohio's businesses, communities, and citizens."

To view a copy of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Development's press release, click here.