Archive for April, 2011
You may have invasive species on your land and not even know it. Learn about the harm they do, how to spot them, and how to fight them in a workshop in Dayton May 13. Troublemakers include common reed, common buckthorn, purple loosestrife, emerald ash borer, Asian longhorned beetle, and Japanese honeysuckle — plants and pests that aren’t native to Ohio but are here now and causing problems. Read more. Presenting the workshop is OSU Extension’s Ohio Woodland Stewards Program.
The college’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park is celebrating Earth Day in a big way. Today they’re hosting a “Green Lunch Series” tour of the wetlands. And tomorrow, Earth Day begins with an 8 a.m. bird walk led by world-renowned birder Bernie Master, followed by a 10 a.m. Easter egg hunt, wild-goose egg hunt, and muskrat search. The Easter eggs will be filled with an ecological gift, and hunters documenting goose-egg and muskrat finds with their cameras will earn a special prize.
OSU’s fourth annual Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair takes place today (4/19) at OARDC. Wind power info? Got it. Solar? Check. A custom-built plug-in Toyota Prius that gets the equivalent of more than 100 mpg? That too. In all, some 60 or so displays, exhibits, vendors, and demonstrations, all featuring some aspect of sustainability, will be in OARDC’s Fisher Auditorium and under big tents nearby. Last year some 2,000 people attended. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., free admission. (Note: OSU President Gee was to have given the keynote talk but had to cancel due to unfortunate circumstances.)
Columbus’s “Abrahamic Faiths and the Environment” community forum series wraps up tomorrow (4/12) with two talks from Islamic points of view. Yosef Khan of OSU’s colleges of Medicine and Public Health will speak on “Cleanliness = 1/2 of Faith: Islamic Perspectives on the Environment and Public Health.” Taymour El-Hosseiny of Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton and Tilton Inc., Columbus, will present “Earth Has Been Devoted to Me as a Mosque (Masjid).” The three-part series — parts 1 and 2 looked at Judaism and Christianity — is a lead-in to Earth Day, April 22. Details.
The Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) is helping a Columbus, Ohio, company use plant-derived fibers to create a new generation of composite materials that consumers may soon find in their vehicles, houses and many other products — generating new jobs in Ohio.
Working alongside the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), OARDC has partnered with Natural Fiber Composites Corporation (NFCC) to engineer composites from jute, soy hulls, corn and wheat straw, and other plant-based sources instead of materials such as fiberglass. These natural fiber-reinforced composites are being targeted for use in transportation, construction, packaging and industrial products.
Read more and watch a video here.
The Rev. Ken Wilson of the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor (Mich.) will present “The Well-Placed and Well-Connected Human: Creation Care in God’s Garden” this Tuesday (4/5) in Columbus — part two in the “Abrahamic Faiths and the Environment” community forum series co-sponsored by OSU’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) (part of CFAES). Wilson is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals Creation Care Committee and a co-founder of the Friendship Collaborative. The group engages scientists and faith leaders in conversation about shared environmental concerns, including climate change. The series leads up to Earth Day, April 22.