E. On gift to fund endowed chair at Conn Center
The University of Louisville will use a $2 million gift from E.On to continue research in energy efficiency and conservation.
The gift, which was announced at a news conference July 13 at E. On U.S. headquarters in Louisville, is a part of a total $6 million gift that was split among UofL, the University of Kentucky and the E.On Foundation.
"It's time to give something back to the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the people who have supported us through the years," said Johannes Teyssen, E.ON's chief executive officer.
This $2 million gift to UofL will fund an endowed chair in renewable and sustainable energy at the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and Environmental Stewardship at the Speed School of Engineering, Dean Mickey Wilhelm said. This endowed chair will focus on research in energy efficiency and conservation.
"This generous gift will help us find new and better ways for UofL to save energy and be more environmentally friendly and then share those discoveries with the world," UofL President James Ramsey said at the announcement.
The Conn Center's mission includes promoting partnerships among the state’s colleges and universities, private industry and nonprofit organizations to actively pursue federal research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy. The purpose of the center is to provide leadership, research, support and policy development in renewable energy; advance the goal of renewable energy; promote technologies, practices and programs that increase efficiency in energy utilization in homes, businesses and public buildings.
Teyssen said he believes "sustainable energy is the backbone of our future society."
This isn't the first time the energy company has given money to UofL. Over the years, E.On and its related entities have given millions to the university for various projects.