Mary Beth Breckenridge, the Akron Beacon Journal’s totally excellent garden writer, wrote last week about an Ohio couple’s battle with invasive plants, such as the garlic-mustard shown here. Their son, a recent graduate of our college, and their daughter-in-law, an educator with our outreach arm, OSU Extension, play a big part in the story, whose bottom line is this: A hands-off approach to managing a woods can let invasive plants take over. And that can put natives at risk. Read the story.
Archive for October, 2012
Students in our “Communicating Environmental and Natural Resources Information” course (ENV 2367) will be presenting their research projects next week and continuing through Monday, Nov. 5. The projects focus on restoration of the Olentangy River corridor and on campus sustainability. You’re welcome to attend and give feedback.
From “snakes on the trail” to a better campus biking culture to biophilic design at the Wexner Medical Center, check out the lineup of topics.
Mel Kurtz, shown here, president of quasar energy group, which we mentioned two posts down, will speak at next week’s Advanced Energy B2B Conference & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. His topic: “Ohio’s Significant Advanced Energy Deployment Projects.”
Kurtz’s company has partnered with OARDC, which is CFAES’s research arm, on the development of bioenergy-producing anaerobic waste digesters (video, 2:10).
The 6,000-square-foot pilot plant in Wooster, Ohio, makes gloves and a variety of other latex and rubber products. This is nothing new in a town and region historically known for rubber manufacturing.
What’s different about the facility is the source of its natural rubber: plants grown in the U.S. rather than the Southeast Asian trees that currently provide all of the world’s supply of natural rubber.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s John Funk reports on quasar energy group’s latest plans: building more bioenergy-producing waste “digesters” in Ohio and beyond; and adding compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations to its locations. The stations will dispense CNG produced by the digesters for use as car and truck fuel.
Franco Einaudi, retired director of the Earth Sciences Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, presents “The Science and Impact of Climate Change” next Thursday (Oct. 25) on our campus in Columbus. Details here.
“There aren’t a lot of sustainability programs out there,” says junior Alexandra Kueller of Crystal Lake, Ill., shown here, who is majoring in our new Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability program. “To have this program sets Ohio State apart from other universities and colleges.”
Toledo, Ohio, native David Perzynski, a senior and mentor with the program, says few schools “can devote resources toward new fledgling subjects such as sustainability. Few other schools would have given me such an opportunity …”
They talk about studying sustainability here in a recent story.
How can we make our Columbus campus more sustainable? A new Ohio State research team is studying just that — and to do it, is using part of the campus as a test bed. The university’s Office of Energy and Environment has the story. Three CFAES scientists are members of the team.