“The wind energy capital of Ohio” is now on the plains of Van Wert County (located about 100 miles southwest of Toledo on the Indiana border), and work by OSU Extension, which is part of our college, helped make it happen. Watch (4:08).
Archive for April, 2012
“Clean energy will define our future. … Public and land-grant universities will define clean energy.” So says the website for a national conference on energy challenges starting this Monday in Columbus. The focus is how public and land-grant universities (such as Ohio State) (thanks to 150 years of the Morrill Act) can solve those challenges. Ohio State is the host and a sponsor.
Wendell Berry gave the 2012 Jefferson Lecture at the National Endowment for the Humanities this past Monday. His focus: Sustainability — of farms, “land-communities,” economy. How do we make them sustainable? The answer, he said, is affection.
“To live from a place without destroying it, we must imagine it. By imagination we see it illuminated by its own unique character and by our love for it. … As imagination enables sympathy, sympathy enables affection. And it is in affection that we find the possibility of a neighborly, kind, and conserving economy.”
Light pollution is something rarely thought of. The Ohio State University has a light pollution problem with no university-sanctioned policy in place to address it. Our group believes there should be a policy or guideline in place with the goal of reducing light pollution on campus.
Simply put, light pollution is light shining beyond where it is intended to shine. The major examples on campus are the decorative “acorn” style light fixtures found on the Oval and along Woody Hayes drive and West Woodruff Avenue. These lights allow light to shine up and out, and do not direct it down where pedestrians are walking. This misuse of light wastes energy and money. Our group estimates there are as many as 500... Read More »
Remember, the new Aldo Leopold documentary “Green Fire” has a free showing at 6 p.m. today on the Ohio State campus in Columbus. A Seattle reviewer says the film “ties the concept of a land ethic to each of us—from inner city youth to conservationists in Mexican jungles—leaving its viewers with a sense of ethics and a feeling of connection that still offers hope and invites action.” More.
The School of Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society presents a free Environmental Careers Networking Workshop next week. Focus: Best practices for networking … and finding a job in the environmental sector. A panel discussion features reps from ODNR, Ohio EPA, private environmental firms, and more. Details.
Great story on USA Today’s website (video, 5:34) about the problem of lead-poisoned soils in cities, including in Cleveland — under homes and in yards, and mostly unknown to the families who live there. And while he isn’t mentioned in the story, our own Nick Basta, School of Environment and Natural Resources, has developed a way to solve the problem (doing much of his testing in Cleveland) — and to do it for a lot less money than ever before. Check it out (video, 2:15).