2011-2015 Activities Report
Since 1999, The Environmental Policy Initiative (EPI) at Ohio State University has facilitated environmental policy scholarship through graduate student research grants; travel grants for students to speak at international policy conferences; guest speakers visiting the OSU campus; targeted research projects on important environmental issues affecting Ohio; conferences; and other outreach efforts.
Graduate Student Support:
EPI supports 2-3 graduate students each summer to conduct research in advance of their general examination. Proposals for the summer grant program are reviewed by a group of environmentally focused faculty around campus. EPI also provides travel grants for students to present their research at policy conferences. Finally, EPI hires a graduate student to help administer its programs, and to conduct specific research projects.
Since 2011, EPI has brought at least one speaker per year to campus, and it has supported other departments who bring environmental policy experts to campus as well.
The Ohio Wedges Project examined Ohio’s current and future carbon emissions by sector. This research helps policy makers assess a potential revision to Ohio's renewable portfolio standards and it will be useful as Ohio determines how to meet new federal regulations on carbon emissions.
EPI partially funded a conference on voluntary pollution abatement programs, and several state and national webinars on energy and water quality policy.