Sustainability... In Business

Oceans awash: Why ‘biodegradable plastic’ often isn’t

A new report from the United Nations “finds that biodegradable plastics, commonly found in plastic bags and bottles, degrade at extremely slow rates,” according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. CFAES scientist Fred Michel is quoted in the story among others. The issue relates to the growing amount of plastic polluting our oceans. The authors of the report, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.’”

Webinar looks at managing watersheds, has expert speakers from CFAES

CFAES’s Anne Baird and Joe Bonnell will present “Professional Development Needs of Water Resource Managers: Core Competencies” during a free webinar called “Developing Capacity for Local Watershed Management” from 2-3 p.m. CT (3-4 p.m. ET) May 18. The event is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the 12-state North Central Region Water Network. Learn more and register here. Baird and Bonnell are with the School of Environment and Natural Resources and OSU Extension’s Ohio Watershed Network.

How was the Wooster green fair?

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Over 1,500 people came to last month’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, and over 300 vehicles visited the fair’s drive-through recycling station.
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Register for Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute

Registration is open for CFAES’s 2016 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The program is for environmental, natural resource and sustainability professionals and volunteers who lead or aspire to lead collaborative processes to achieve more sustainable organizations, businesses and communities.

This year’s program, says co-organizer Joe Bonnell of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, will focus on “sustainable infrastructure as a topic area, but, as always, the purpose of the program is to build capacity in Ohio to engage in constructive dialogue and build collaborative partnerships across sectors and disciplines to address complex environmental and natural resource issues.”

Get details and register here.

Wooster Science Café is tonight : ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’

The next Wooster Science Café is tonight. CFAES scientist Fred Michel will present “Reducing Our Carbon Footprint.” It’s at 7 p.m. at Muddy’s Restaurant, 335 E. Liberty St., in Wooster. Admission is free. Michel works for CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, where he studies composting and bioenergy. He’s also president of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network. He spoke on the solar panels on his own home and car at last week’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair.

‘We’re downright obsessive’ about energy efficiency. Hear how you can be, too

Image of scanning for heat loss 2Green is good. Renewable rocks. But don’t forget energy efficiency, says the organizer of an upcoming event at Ohio State. Read More »

Ohio State to host workshop for businesses on measuring sustainability

Image of sustainability in business 2How does your business or organization measure and account for sustainability?

Faculty with CFAES would like to help your organization learn to better implement, measure and evaluate sustainability efforts at a workshop on May 19 at Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. Read More »

Columbus mayor, GreenSpot awards to headline next EPN event

Image of girl holding new green plant_4Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will present the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards during an April 12 breakfast program hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network. The awards honor achievements in Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability program. Also featured at the event will be the projects by nine teams of students in the college’s Assessing Sustainability capstone course. The course is required of students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major. The teams developed the projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. EPN is a professional group coordinated by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the full story.

Green fair to host Renewable Energy Workshop

Image of sunshine and two sunflowers_3Fred Michel, a Wooster-based biosystems engineer with CFAES, has solar panels gleaming on his home and his car.

He’ll share his experiences with both setups in a Renewable Energy Workshop during the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in Wooster. Read More »

April 19: Recycle CFLs, more at green fair

Image of person holding recycling sign 3Don’t know what to do with your burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs? Old car tires? Cans of unused paint? Take them to Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. Read More »