Archive for January, 2012

Composting industry? Learn all about it

Check out this course if you work in the composting industry, or want to, and want to learn all you can. For program details and a registration form, click here (pdf).

Business and climate change

Are sustainability efforts enough? Duke Energy’s Kevin Leahy talks tomorrow as part of Ohio State’s Climate Change Webinar Series. Sign up here. It’s free.

Why you don’t want this, how you can spot it

Now you can get a free wallet-size ID card for spotting thousand cankers disease, a new, deadly walnut tree illness. It’s close to but not in Ohio yet. “Early detection hopefully means that an infestation would be … easier to eradicate,” said Kathy Smith, forestry head for OSU Extension, which co-produced the card. Get one.

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Can religion and the environment mix?

Cal DeWitt, a leading Christian environmentalist, speaks five times in Wooster and Columbus later this week, sponsored four of those times by parts of our college. He’s a professor with the University of Wisconsin’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the author of Earth-wise: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues, and as the elected town chair of Dunn, Wisc., helped develop an innovative, award-winning land use plan. None other than Bill McKibben (The End of Nature) has written, “I have a lot of heroes, but Cal DeWitt is high on the list.”

Call for grant proposals

Two programs in our college, the Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Agroecosystems Management Program, are now accepting proposals for grants for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Details. Support for the grants comes from the university’s Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund.

Does a bear live in your woods?

… and if so, what is it doing there? This is one of the many topics at a coming workshop on woodlands and wildlife. It’s for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana landowners — and really anyone interested in trees, birds, bugs, ponds, wood, forests, and timber (and bears). Check out the program brochure (pdf). Sponsors are the Extension programs at Ohio State, Purdue, Kentucky, and Kentucky State.

Their blueberries went to college

A new book called Ohio’s Specialty Crops: A Boost to Food Service Menus is now available free online. It’s for farmers and for food buyers — specifically, food buyers for institutions, such as colleges, restaurants, and hospitals. Increased selling, buying, serving, and eating of local foods is a goal. The publisher is the Agroecosystems Management Program, which works to create sustainable agricultural systems and is part of our college.

Wooster books green day (no, not that one)

The date has been set for this year’s Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair, a celebration of all things sustainable.

83 ways that a tree helps a city

How does it help to have trees in a city? Alejandro Chiriboga, an OARDC graduate student, looked at it in dollars and cents and in benefits to the environment. Here’s what he found out.

Maumee study: Why we do what we do there … and then what it does

Backed by a $1.5 million National Science Foundation grant, six departments at two universities (Ohio State, Case Western Reserve) will combine three science branches (social, physical, biological) to explore a single watershed — the Maumee River’s, the Great Lakes’ largest. Why? To better understand people’s actions there, especially when it comes to land use and policy, and how those actions affect Lake Erie. Factored in, too: Possible climate change impacts. Check out the project’s website.