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Ohio Northern University receives Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet grant to fund limestone project

Oct 17, 2014

The T.J. Smull College of Engineering has received a $15,000 People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund “The Lowering CO2 Emission and Making Concrete More Environmentally Friendly by Adding Limestone” project.

Under the supervision of Ahmed Abdel-Mohti, assistant professor of civil engineering, and Bryan Boulanger, associate professor of civil engineering, Ohio Northern civil engineering students will spend the year investigating a design to make concrete more environmentally friendly by adding limestone.

In April, ONU’s team will bring its design to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C., to compete for a P3 award and a grant for $90,000 to further the project design, implement it in the field, and move it to the marketplace. The National Sustainable Design Expo brings together students, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and businesses that are working to create a sustainable future.

Assisting the team with the project will be James E. Barnhart, professional engineer at Ohio Concrete in Columbus, Ohio. Also, the National Lime and Stone Co. has donated samples of limestone for the students to use in the project.

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