Sustainability... In Business

Goal: ‘To get people to care while there’s still time’

Joel Sartore Scarlet IbisesBig thanks to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore for his talk last night at Ohio State and to CFAES’s David Hanselmann and his colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Environmental Professionals Network for serving as hosts. Some 800 people packed the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. If your interests include wildlife of all kinds and sizes (from veiled chameleons to Francois langurs to Sumatran tigers), photography, and saving Earth’s sadly, ridiculously threatened biodiversity, check out Sartore’s stunning Photo Ark project. (Photo: Scarlet ibises, joelsartore.com.)

‘There’s a lot of influence coming from Ohio State’

“Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities,” says the headline of a recent story by Nick Roll in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. Among those quoted are CFAES’s Neil Drobny and Greg Hitzhusen.

Tackling hunger, growing more food in cities

There’s “increased recognition that a large percentage of urban residents in predominantly poor neighborhoods lack access to healthy food,” says the flier for today’s seminar by Christopher Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. He’ll talk about that and more in “Addressing Issues of Food Security Through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” at 4 p.m. Free. CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and Agroecosystems Management Program are the event’s co-sponsors.

Some days are better than others

Events on the schedule“Some days it all adds up,” quoth a bard, who very well could have been singing about the at least 20 sustainability-related dates in CFAES’s latest calendar listings.

Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond to speak April 2

Jared-DiamondHe wrote Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Now in his new book, The World Until Yesterday, he asks, What can we learn from traditional societies? Mark your calendar: Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond headlines the Provost’s Discovery Themes lecture series April 2 at Ohio State. (Photo: UCLA.)

‘Indispensable opportunity’ to make a difference

Kennedy_greeting_Peace_Corps_volunteers,_1961Ohio State ranks fourth on the Peace Corps’ latest list of the top volunteer-producing large universities. In all, 64 current Peace Corps volunteers are Buckeye alumni. Read more, including about CFAES alumna Krystal Seger’s work in Uganda, here. Ohio State’s Peace Corps office is housed within CFAES. The photo, from the U.S. National Archives, shows President John F. Kennedy greeting Peace Corps volunteers in 1961, the year he established the agency. Since then, 1,735 Ohio State graduates have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Climate change and food security: ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way’

Interesting NBC News story this morning. Scientists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting say climate change has moved America’s breadbasket north — North Dakota now produces more wheat than Kansas; the corn and soybelt belts have pushed into Canada. What does this hold for farms and farmers, consumers and food security, and the research that supports them? From the story: “The experts said heading off a food crisis will require changes in every aspect of production and consumption. ‘Adaptation strategies should be under way,” (Berkeley Lab scientist Michael) Wehner said. ‘Denying this, I think, is a disservice to the public.’ ”

As off through the waves it rolls

A repurposed, CFAES-developed food pH sensor has made the first cut in an international competition. Goal: Find a new way to measure ocean acidification.

Learn to go big, then go home

How to compost in a very big way“Composting,” says CFAES scientist Fred Michel, “allows the valuable nutrients and carbon that organic materials contain to be used again, reduces fossil fuel use for fertilizers, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills and can be done economically.” Learn how to compost in a very big way.

‘I’ve seen, in my lifetime, changes in the seasons’

Live near Lake Erie? Instructors Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney, both of them Badgers, discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, their new free online course. You’re invited to join them, and fellow learners from around the lakes, here.