On Tuesday you’ll see ways that “green is for life,” including for getting around. The Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, April 22 at OARDC, will have eco-friendlier rides among its 60-plus exhibits. Among them: The Chevy Volt, the extended-range electric car. The Honda Accord Hybrid, rated at 45 mpg highway, 50 mpg city. The Buehler’s grocery chain’s “greasel”-fueled (waste vegetable oil) Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Ford’s more fuel-efficient Transit Connect commercial truck. And compressed natural gas-powered vehicles run by Smith Dairy and the Wayne County Engineer’s Office. A lot to see and sing about! (You’re gonna hear that all day long.) (Photo copyright: General Motors.)
Here’s the copy and pastable, clip and saveable, abundantly hyperlinked schedule of events for Tuesday’s (April 22) Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair: 11-11:45 a.m., opening ceremony with keynote talk, “Energy Independence for Wayne County Residents,” by Brandon Miller of Carbon Vision. 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., exhibits, recycling and food vendors. 1-4 p.m., Akron Zoomobile. 1:30-2:30 p.m., local food cooking demonstration. 3-3:30 p.m., tree planting ceremony. 4-5:30 p.m., presentation and question-and-answer session on using compressed natural gas as vehicle fuel.
OK, so besides getting outside, having some fun and seeing new ways to be greener, Tuesday’s (April 22) Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair will give you a chance to WIN. FREE. STUFF. Which is nice. And responsible, reasonable green stuff to boot. For instance: Trees. Apples. Bio Blocks. A wheelbarrow. Wild orange essential oil. A women’s hybrid road bike. Reusable grocery bags. A biscuit and honey gift pack. And, if you’re one of the first 200 people to drop off items at the recycling center, a $2.50 coupon good for use at any of the food vendors, all serving fresh, local eats.
Next Tuesday’s (April 22) Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair will spotlight students in the S in STEM. The fair is sponsoring three science competitions for kids in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, all aimed at knowing the planet better and properly aligned with Ohio’s Next Generation Science Standards. If you’re able to make it to the fair, try to stop by to see what they’ve done.
CFAES will host a free workshop on using solar power on farms on April 21 in Norwalk. The speakers will be farmers who are already using solar power on their farms and CFAES and industry experts. “Farmers have the tradition of being stewards of the land,” says a 2011 USDA report, “and their investment in renewable energy supports their role of protecting the land, air and water.” The program will cover the hows and why of making such an investment.
CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park will host a volunteer cleanup of the Olentangy River from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, April 19. The event is an early celebration of Earth Day. The park is at 352 W. Dodridge St. in Columbus. Activities will include planting trees, picking up trash and removing invasive honeysuckle shrubs. Everyone’s welcome. Free breakfast at 9 a.m.; free lunch at noon.
CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program holds its 2014 Tree School May 3 on Ohio State’s Mansfield campus. The focus: How to plant, prune and manage trees for long-term sustainability. Birds, pollinators and deer damage also are some of the topics. Early registration discount ends April 18; the regular registration deadline is April 25.
Links between human, animal and environmental health — factors in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, for example — are the focus of the May 1 breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network. Lonnie King, dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will give the keynote talk, sharing details on the college’s participation in the global One Health Initiative.
Arbor Day, a holiday meant to encourage the planting of trees, is officially on Friday, April 25, in Ohio, but CFAES’s Secrest Arboretum will get a head start. The arboretum will hold an Arbor Day tree-planting ceremony at 3 p.m. at the April 22 Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. The fair and ceremony are free, and everyone’s welcome. Also at the fair, the arboretum will hold hourly drawings for people to win free trees.
Like trees? You can try to win some at the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair April 22. Folks at the Secrest Arboretum exhibit will be drawing names hourly for people to win native trees, including scarlet oak and Ohio buckeye. Why plant trees? For their good looks, sure, and for their quantifiable, for generations to come, green in more ways than one social and environmental benefits, wrote CFAES tree guru Jim Chatfield in a 2011 Akron Beacon Journal column. The arboretum (Latin for “plantation of trees”) is on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, the fair’s host. (Photo: Quercus coccinea, 1819, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.)