Yebo Li’s work creates new bioenergy and bioproducts, new jobs, and a greener Ohio both economically and environmentally. Read more and watch a short video here.
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Recycle your old jeans, including their Blake Griffin-disapproved truncated versions (video, 0:37), at CFAES’s 2013 Micki Zartman Scarlet and Gray Ag Day tomorrow, April 19. Twelve-year-old Erek Hansen, aka EcoErek, Guinness World Record-setting recycler of jeans (total: some 10,000 pairs and counting), will take them in for eventual conversion into UltraTouch denim home insulation. HGTV lists the recycled material’s benefits.
“I was with the speaker [“Green Fire” guide Curt Meine]. We were walking toward the entrance when the evacuation began. We stood in the rain on the far side of High Street until about 8:10 and decided to pack it in, not knowing when the building would re-open and if anyone would still be around to watch it. Right now there are no plans to show it again, but we will consider that. For now, people can watch a slightly shortened version on WOSU TV Sunday [April 21] at 3 p.m.”
We’ve gotten some questions about last night’s “Green Fire” screening. The location for the screening, the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, was evacuated from about 6-7:30 p.m. so police could investigate an unattended backpack that was found to be harmless. What we’re trying to find out is whether the screening was just delayed or was cancelled altogether … and if it was cancelled, whether it will be rescheduled. If you have any details, drop us a line. Otherwise, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.
CFAES scientists are testing a range of trees, shrubs, and grasses (such as switchgrass, shown here) for their potential as new bioenergy crops in Ohio. Besides producing renewable energy, the plants could be value-added crops for Ohio farmers and could restore degraded land. Read the story …
Microbial fuel cells are the focus of a seminar Friday (4/12) sponsored by Ohio State’s Environmental Science Graduate Program. Penn State’s Bruce Logan, pictured, presents “Energy from Water: Microbial Fuel Cell Technologies Meet Salinity Gradient Energy” at 3 p.m. in 021 Lazenby Hall on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. There’s also a video link to 121 Fisher Auditorium on OARDC’s Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave. Free. All are welcome. (See later posts here and here.) (Photo: Penn State.)
Jon Lelito presents “From 1 to 100,000: Building a Biological Control Program for Emerald Ash Borer in Four Years” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. tomorrow (4/10) in 121 Fisher Auditorium on OARDC’s Wooster campus, 1680 Madison Ave., with a video link to 244 Kottman Hall at Ohio State in Columbus, 2021 Coffey Rd. Free. Sponsored by CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Lelito manages USDA’s Emerald Ash Borer Biological Control facility in Brighton, Mich. A story in SUNY Fredonia’s online alumni magazine looks at his work there. Emerald ash borer is an invasive insect species that has killed millions of North America’s and Ohio’s native ash trees and threatens to wipe them all out.
Not one but two national champions were crowned in the past 24 hours. Led by CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability Program, Ohio State yesterday won the second annual not-at-all-basketball-related Environmental March Madness Tournament. More to come …