UC awarded $3M to research carbon emissions in Cincinnati

Assistant professor received three major grants to fund projects

The Cincinnati Business Courier highlighted the more than $3M in research funding awarded to Amanda Webb, University of Cincinnati assistant professor of architectural engineering. Grants, two from the National Science Foundation and one from the Department of Energy will fund Webb's research on reducing carbon emissions. 

The city of Cincinnati has a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. Webb's research encompasses several methods and projects that center on bringing the city closer to its goal. 

From the NSF, Webb received the prestigious CAREER Award, a five-year grant that encompasses both research and educational components. Webb and her team will analyze residential buildings in the Cincinnati area and the impact that retrofitting technologies would have on their energy usage. Also with this grant, Webb and another faculty member at UC, Katherine Castiello Jones, are creating two decarbonization-related games that once developed, will be distributed into local K-12 schools. 

With the NSF Strengthening American Infrastructure award, Webb and her collaborators are building the Human-centered Open Energy Modeling for Equitable Decarbonization (HOME) platform. 

"We have this big survey which we are using to get people's perspectives, knowledge, values and behaviors related to decarbonization so we can understand the needs and the barriers," Webb told the Courier.

A multiphase project, Webb is working with other researchers at UC, as well as several external partners. 

Finally, through the DoE Resilient and Efficient Codes Implementation award, Webb and partners throughout the state (Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland) are using Building Performance Standards in a completely new way. These standards place limitations on energy use of existing buildings. Webb is aiming to tailor these standards to meet the needs of Ohio cities. 

Webb places a deep importance on the locality of her work, wanting to make an impact in her own community. Through these projects, she is contributing to giving the city of Cincinnati a better future. 

Read the Business Courier Story

Featured image at top: Sunrise over the University of Cincinnati. Photo/Joseph Fuqua II/UC

Related Stories


UC awarded $3M to research carbon emissions in Cincinnati

June 12, 2024

The Cincinnati Business Courier highlighted University of Cincinnati Architectural Engineering Professor Amanda Webb and her recent awards to fund projects to reduce carbon emissions. Webb has been awarded more than $3M from the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy to fund multiple projects.


WVXU: UC study shows disparity in energy bills

September 11, 2020

The University of Cincinnati is helping Cincinnati address a disparity in energy efficiency in the city's multifamily rental market. Unlike homeowners, renters are at the mercy of landlords to make improvements that could save money on monthly energy bills. Uninsulated walls, drafty windows or old HVAC systems can result in uncomfortable living spaces and high utility bills, which can place a disproportionate financial burden on tenants.