Sustainability... In Business

Bioeconomy forum on Tuesday

CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, is hosting the Midwest Bioeconomy Regional Stakeholder Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the fifth and final such forum in a national series. Media members are welcome to attend. Learn more.

Starting, sustaining business

Two high-tech companies based on research done at Ohio State have been named among 2016’s “Best University Startups.” Neurxstem Inc. and 3Bar Biologics Inc. are two of the 36 startup companies to be honored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

3Bar Biologics has developed a unique delivery system for beneficial microbes that provides farmers a natural, biological way to increase their crop yields while potentially lowering costs and improving sustainability of the land. The company was co-founded by Brian McSpadden Gardener, who was a former professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology and former director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program. Read more.

Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab launches first project

Image of solar panelOhio State’s Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab (SIVL) has launched its first project. The project links a business with a Buckeye student with a goal of solving a real-world sustainability business problem. Read More »

Free screening of ‘Anthropecene: The Movie’ in Columbus Nov. 2

Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program is hosting a screening of “Anthropocene: The Movie” and a Q-and-A with director Steve Bradshaw at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. More information can be found here. Watch the trailer above.

New free info: Analyzing solar energy investments

A series of new free publications co-written by CFAES specialist Eric Romich will help you untangle the complexities of investing in solar energy, says a recent story in the High Plains Journal. It gives you a link to the series.

Watch: ‘A new set of rules to play by’

Ted Turner, born in Ohio, shares his thoughts on ways to help people and the planet in the video above. He’s the subject of a talk at Ohio State on Oct. 25. Speaking will be Todd Wilkinson, author of Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Wilkinson will speak, too, the evening before, together with photographer Thomas Mangelsen, about an equally large personality, Grizzly 399. Tickets to both events are free, but space is limited. Read more and find a link to get tickets here.

Earthkeeping Summit is Saturday

Columbus-based Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which is in Delaware near Columbus, are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2016 Earthkeeping Summit, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s a chance, the event publicity says, “to discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice.” Learn more and register here.

Still time to get in on algal bloom conference; or, ‘THAT’S why you listen to scientists’

Organizers of the CFAES-co-hosted Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference have extended the registration deadline to Wednesday, Sept. 7. The event is Sept. 15 in Toledo. Later that day, the conference site, the Stranahan Theater and Great Hall, is coincidentally hosting a performance by comedian Lewis Black, who coincidentally talks about science and the environment in a 2012 video here.

New associate degree is only one like it in U.S.

Interested in plants, high-tech and a job in a green, growing field? CFAES’s Ohio State ATI in Wooster now offers the only two-year degree program for greenhouse engineering technology in the U.S. (Photo: Creatas.)

Watch: ‘The three main challenges our oceans face for the future’

Prince Albert II of Monaco discusses sustainable strategies for the oceans in the video above. It’s from the 2014 World Ocean Summit. He speaks at Ohio State next week.