Archive for November, 2013

Can Mirror Lake cut its water habit?

Mirror Lake for GBOhio State has started a study to make its iconic Mirror Lake, shown here, more sustainable. Aims include cutting the lake’s current 50,000 gallons per day water use. The university’s onCampus newspaper has the story. (Photo: University Communications.)

Beacon for Lake Erie’s future

lake erie lighthouse for GBThe Ohio Phosphorus Task Force II has issued its final report on ways to cut phosphorus loading and associated harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie and surrounding watersheds. Read the story …

Of all the trees most lovely

blue spruce for GBCFAES’s Forestry Forum will hold its annual Christmas tree sale from Dec. 5-8 behind the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The forum is a group for students working toward careers in forestry. Learn more in a press release on the sale and in a downloadable, mobile-device-displayable, paper-saving flier (pdf). The School of Environment and Natural Resources offers our college’s forestry-related majors. (Photo by Elmer Verhasselt,


Trampled under hoof

feral swine damageWhy fight feral swine? This photo by Tyler Campbell, USDA-APHIS, shows what they can do to a field.

That won’t do, pig. That won’t do

feral swineIt’s hard to farm sustainably if wild hogs wipe out your crops. A new fact sheet (pdf) by CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension, tells you how to prevent it. (Photo: USDAgov.)

Team of CFAES, quasar ‘a great relationship’

Dr. Yebo Li OARDC FABEMore on the Cleveland Browns’ food waste recycling project: Cleveland-based quasar energy group operates a similar anaerobic digester on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, and has a research lab in OARDC’s BioHio Research Park. OARDC scientists such as Yebo Li (pictured, left, with quasar’s Clemens Halene) have helped develop and refine the technology at work in quasar’s digesters. “So many times people wonder if universities can partner successfully with the private sector,” CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron said last week in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “This is a great match and a great relationship.” (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Cleveland Browns, CFAES kick off recycling of football fans’ food waste

football closeupOK, so the Cleveland Browns lost their game yesterday. But they also kicked off a project that should be a long-term winner. The team is partnering with CFAES, quasar energy group and others to recycle 3.5 tons of food waste per game at the Browns’ home field, FirstEnergy Stadium. The material will be processed in a quasar anaerobic digester and turned into biogas for producing electricity. Read more in the Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer. (Photo by Ron Almog via Wikimedia Commons.)

CFAES hosts Ethiopian visitors as part of One Health Initiative

Eleven faculty members and administrators from Ethiopia's University of Gondar (UOG) visited CFAES Nov. 14 as part of Ohio State’s participation in the One Health Initiative. One Health supports collaborative research recognizing the intertwined relationships between animal health, human health and the environment. Discussions with CFAES faculty and tours of the facilities were coordinated by the college’s Office of International Programs in Agriculture (IPA), whose mission is to support the globalization efforts of the college through international research, Extension and learning. Dr. Mark Erbaugh, director of IPA (pictured, center, exchanging gifts with UOG President Dr. Mengesha Admassu), received the delegation and delivered ...    Read More »

With a name like stink tree, it has to be … probably less than desirable

bad smellWhat is the urban invasive tree Ailanthus doing in our forests?” Joanne Rebbeck of the U.S. Forest Service answers that question at 4 p.m. tomorrow, Nov. 21. Part of the autumn seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Free. All are welcome.

For CFAES’s Fred Michel, sustainability is a way of life

Fred MichelNot too many people drive around with a solar panel on top of their cars. For CFAES scientist Fred Michel, it’s just another way he’s trying to make sustainability an important part of everything he does — at work, in his community and at home. Read the story. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)