February 17, 2015 – Newark, OH -- Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark are pleased to be recognized by AEP for demonstrating commitment to energy efficiency and the environment through participation in AEP Ohio’s savings incentives programs.
“There are certain criteria to be met, and our shared campus has met many of those at various points recently,” stated Brian Boehmer, Superintendent of Facilities. “We are appreciative of the partnership with AEP.” AEP provided a certificate of recognition to COTC and Ohio State Newark recently, for achieving milestones in energy conservation and efficiency.
“AEP puts our reported numbers into a formula and rewards the campus for reaching milestones in our participation in their energy conservation and environmental stewardship programs,” Boehmer said. The focus on energy conservation and efficiency on the Newark Campus goes back several years. Statewide, the subject rose to the forefront in 2007 when Ohio passed a law that required state institutions to report all energy usage and to demonstrate a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2014.
“However, the shared campus of COTC and Ohio State Newark has always been committed to environmental stewardship and energy efficiency,” said Boehmer. One example of that commitment was demonstrated when Ariel Hall, the COTC Knox Campus in Mount Vernon, achieved Gold level LEED certification through the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) http://www.usgbc.org/ for sustainable practices and energy efficiency due to the building renovation. Ariel Hall is the only LEED Gold-certified building in Knox County.
“As we progress with the Newark Campus Framework Plan, both Ohio State Newark and COTC remain committed to sustainable practices and efficient use of energy,” stated Bonnie L. Coe, Ph.D., President of COTC, adding, “This partnership with AEP is an ongoing initiative toward environmental stewardship.”