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Outreach and Engagement – Community Engaged Program Award Winners

You’ve seen this earlier perhaps, but some exciting Outreach and Engagement news was released just as COVID-19 sent us all to a virtual work environment, so we wanted to make sure we call them out again for a little more recognition. Two Extension-based programs have received Ohio State’s 2020 Community Engaged Program Award: 

  • Heal, Repair, Restore: Land Reuse and Community Empowerment in Marion, Ohio was coordinated by Whitney Gherman, Extension educator in Marion County, along with several university partners and local community partners (Mayes Community Temple, Marion County Land Bank, community members). 
  • The OSU Green Home Technology Center was created by our own Eric Romich, field specialist in energy development, along with Lingying Zhao (FABE), Qian Chen (FABE), and Andrew Cruse (College of Engineering). They worked with numerous university partners and community partners (e.g. New Albany High Schools; New Albany-Plain Local School District; The USGBC Central Ohio; Efficiency Smart - American Municipal Power, Inc.; Buckeye Power, Inc.; Ohio Energy Office; Habitat for Humanity MidOhio; Green Energy Ohio; Columbus Green Building Forum; Lutron Electronic, Inc.) 

Thank you for making a significant impact on the community and university through your engaged scholarship. You can read more about both award winners on the Outreach and Engagement office’s website at