Ohio University Facilities To Get A Facelift
Infrastructure Maintenance Grant Money Awarded
March 27, 2012
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Columbus - 
State Senator Troy Balderson (R- Zanesville) yesterday announced the approval of state funding totaling more than $437,000 for Ohio University to go toward equipment and facility renovations. A portion of the funding will enable the University to triple the size of their compost facility. "Ohio University owns and operates the largest in-vessel composting system of any college or university in the nation," Balderson said. "This grant will, among other things, allow OU to maintain its state-of-the-art system for years to come." In-vessel composting is a system where biowaste is captured in a closed reactor for optimal accelerated composting process. This system will allow the University to divert and recycle the balance of the organic waste stream from the Athens Campus. It will also create collaboration with the City of Athens by providing enough capacity to capture and process the majority of the City's non-leaf yard waste materials. This collaboration will benefit both Ohio University and the community. Funding will also allow for the construction of a solar array on the roof of a University coal storage facility. This use of solar panels will convert sunlight into electricity. The total funds available for the combined projects, when combined with local funds and grants approved by the Ohio Department of Development (ODOD), are $2,091,330.36, and must be expended by June 15, 2012.
Senator Balderson represents the 20th Senate District of Ohio, which is made up of Athens, Coshocton, Guernsey, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, and Washington Counties.
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