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Public “fruit parks” are coming to Columbus’s Weinland Park and South Side neighborhoods, and healthy eating and community bonding soon should be growing there, says an April 17 story in the Columbus Dispatch. CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is a partner.

Top 5 moments from EPN’s events: ‘None pooped on stage, either’

Five years ago, David Hanselmann helped launch the Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional group based in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Since then, EPN has grown to have nearly 2,000 members. It’s held 55 public monthly Breakfast Club programs, which typically draw more than 125 people, and five signature events, whose top attendance has been 1,400.

Hanselmann, who coordinates EPN as a lecturer in SENR, shares his top five moments from those events …

April 19: ‘Citizen Sense’ leader will speak

Jennifer Gabrys, reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK, and principal investigator on the European Research Council’s “Citizen Sense” project, will present “Citizen Sense: Monitoring and Contesting Environments of Extraction” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 19 in Room 311 Denney Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. She’ll also give a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon April 20 in the Research Commons classroom on campus. Details. Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program is the sponsor.

Report: ‘Renewable power will dominate in the future’

A new United Nations-backed report, a UN press release says, “has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity.” Read the report here. Cleveland.com’s Kelly Reardon writes about it here.

Intelligent transportation? See what’s ahead

Columbus’s technology-intense Smart Columbus project, which last year won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national Smart City Challenge, is the focus of the next Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club program. It’s April 18 at Ohio State.

Bee there for April 4 panel discussion

CFAES bee researcher Reed Johnson, pictured, will join a panel discussion on pollinators — their value to people and ecosystems, how pesticides are affecting them, and more — from 7-9 p.m. April 4 in University Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free admission, and free food (Chipotle) while it lasts.

It’s one in a series of sustainability-related events planned for Ohio State’s Time for Change Week, April 3-9. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

Promising progress in algal bloom effort

Researchers involved in the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, including CFAES’s Margaret Kalcic, continue to get results in their quest to reduce and prevent harmful algal blooms in Ohio.

If only there were some sort of agency for that

CFAES environmental economist Tim Haab: “Markets, left alone, often fail to address environmental issues, and that is not good for the economy or society.”

Spring springing early in Ohio? No. And yes

Spring is arriving in Ohio this year at about the same time it did a year ago, CFAES scientist Dan Herms says. But still, it’s earlier than it was a couple decades ago. Read the story …

Survey: Slashing EPA won’t help economy

Results from a survey of members of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the leading professional organization of economists studying environmental and resource issues, found that most don’t think reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power will improve the U.S. economy. Read the story …