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Ohio State University's Columbus campus.

Billion Dollar Buckeyes

A groundbreaking agreement will provide Ohio State University with more than $1 billion and turn over energy management on its Columbus campus to a private company.

Energy costs claim a significant slice of the spending at education institutions, and administrators looking to squeeze more value out of their limited budgets frequently turn to programs promising to use energy more efficiently. As concern about climate issues has taken root among students, employees and the public at large, the importance of conserving energy at schools and universities has become even more significant.

The dilemma for education institutions is that many of

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