How to use crowdfunding, more to help green work

Crowdfunding image 2Crowdfunding can benefit green work, and December’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will show how. Read the story …

Students: Prepare for career expo at workshop

If you’re a CFAES student planning to attend the college’s Jan. 22 Environment and Sustainability Career Expo (scroll down), you might want to check this out: It’s a workshop on Dec. 2 to help you prepare for the expo. You can get your resume reviewed there, for example. Get details or download the flier.

‘Everything should be on the table’

“We should make agriculture part of the solution to our issues,” said CFAES’s Rattan Lal in a recent article in Discovery News. “The climate change problem is so huge everything should be on the table.” Lal is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. The article looked at whether so-called “resurrection plants” can help farming adapt to climate change and drought.

M. Sanjayan, host of PBS’s ‘Big Blue Live,’ to speak at Ohio State

Psanjayan 4eople need nature to survive.

That’s one of the messages that Conservation International’s M. Sanjayan, pictured, will share at Ohio State on Feb. 11. Read More »

Ohio State signs climate action pledge

Ohio State is one of six schools in Ohio and one of more than 200 in the U.S. to sign the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Signing the pledge demonstrates the schools’ support for strong climate action by world leaders at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris, according to a White House press release.

“The institutions signing (the) pledge,” the press release said, “are also already taking significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum.”

Ohio’s other signers are Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Denison University, Kent State University and Oberlin College.

Guide to growing cover crops

Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide, second editionCover crops — clover, buckwheat, alfalfa and forage radish, to name a few — can help limit farm fields’ phosphorus runoff. Now an updated book co-written by CFAES experts gives farmers more details on growing them. Buy it here. Why it matters: Phosphorus in water can feed harmful algal blooms.

‘Revolt, Rebuild, Renew’: Environmental Film Series ends tonight

Years of Living DangerouslyOhio State’s Environmental Film Series ends tonight with “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew.” It’s an episode from the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Jessica Alba, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman are the film’s correspondents. Gökçe Esenduran, who studies green operations in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, will lead the discussion afterward. Find out more. (Image: Showtime.)

Today: ES3 is 8 to 4

A reminder that the Environmental Science Student Symposium, some 700 student-presenters strong, goes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Ohio Union at Ohio State in Columbus. Members of the public and the media are welcome. Read about it here.

‘Greener future’ dawning

Green Industry short course 2Minimizing fertilizer use and protecting water quality are two of the many topics at Ohio State’s 2015 Green Industry Short Course. Coordinated by CFAES, the Dec. 7-10 event is for people in such fields as lawn care, tree care, landscaping, and golf and sports turf management. Its theme is “A Greener Future.” Get details and register.

Environmental Science Student Symposium is Tuesday

ES3 logo_0The 2015 Environmental Science Student Symposium, featuring about 700 student science posters about Earth’s biggest challenges, is tomorrow at Ohio State. All the students are in ENR 2100, an introductory environmental science course in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read more here. Get the full list of student presenters, topics and session times here.