Sustainability... In Business

‘Our commitment to being part of the solution’

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about the college’s Field to Faucet Initiative in a new YouTube video (0:55). The new effort aims to ensure both clean water and sustainable food systems. Partners are coming not just from CFAES but from other Ohio State colleges, other Ohio universities, and Ohio farm groups and agencies. Watch his initial announcement at Farm Science Review here (6:01). Read a press release about it here.

Today at 3: How to major in renewable energy at Ohio State ATI … and the places you can go from there

Learn about majoring in Renewable Energy at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Then hear how you can transition that major into a bachelor’s degree program on Ohio State’s main campus. It’s a free talk by Esther Dwyer and Jessica Diallo, both of CFAES, from 3-3:55 p.m. today, Oct. 9, in 081 Halterman Hall at ATI, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster. Details:

Oct. 16: Climate change, rising seas and how the Navy’s getting ready

picture of waves and heavy seasRear Admiral Jonathan White will discuss the impacts of climate change on the U.S. Navy’s operations, and how the Navy is preparing for these impacts, as the keynote speaker of Climate Change and National Security from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Ohio State in Columbus. Sign up to attend here and to watch online here. Both are free.

The event is part of the “Climate Explorations” series being presented by Ohio State; the Byrd Polar Research Center; WCBE, Columbus; Ohio Sea Grant; and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. To see the complete schedule, click here. An OSU CARES grant is funding the series.

Oct. 11: Why business has a sustainability agenda (and more) (register by Oct. 8)

Neil Drobny, program director of CFAES’s new Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major, speaks Oct. 11 at the Engineers for a Sustainable World Midwestern Regional Conference at Ohio State in Columbus. His talk is called “Why Business Has a Sustainability Agenda.” Also speaking during the conference will be renowned climate change scientist Lonnie Thompson of the university’s Byrd Polar Research Center.

Hosting the event is ESW’s Ohio State chapter in the College of Engineering. Register by tomorrow, Oct. 8.

Oct. 12-13: A religious response to climate change

picture of sunriseEarthkeeping Summit 2014, presented by Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, takes place on Oct. 12-13 in CFAES’s LEED-certified Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Organizers call the program “an invitation to Ohio’s faith community to gather … to empower a religious response to climate change.” Speaking will be Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe, recently named to Time’s 2014 list of the 100 most influential people in the world; and the father-son team of David Orr of Oberlin College and the Rev. Daniel Orr, an Episcopal priest in Fremont, presenting “Heart, Soul and Mind: The Intergenerational Challenge of a Changing Climate.” Details.

In Columbus, ‘Creating an urban food oasis’

weinland park food districtOhio State’s Randy Gammage looks at the planned new Weinland Park Food District in Columbus in a recent issue of onCampus, the university’s faculty-staff newspaper. Specialists from CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, are collaborators in the project, which aims to ramp up urban farming in the neighborhood, and with it, even further economic growth. (Image: Artist’s rendering from onCampus.)

Oct. 2: Butanol’s beauty as biofuel

CFAES’s Thaddeus “Teddy” Ezeji speaks on “Butanol Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass: Challenges and Opportunities” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in 081 Halterman Hall at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, 1328 Dover Road, in Wooster. Ezeji is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. Butanol, which can be used in place of gasoline as fuel in car engines, can be made from plant-based biomass. A 2013 story in Fortune called it “The fuel that could be the end of ethanol.” ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit. Among its majors is an associate of science degree in renewable energy. Details:

Sept. 25: Past, present and future of renewable energy in Ohio

EO2.e3760a873ea2da1ff8e019af22b1791fEric Romich, pictured, left, energy development field specialist for CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, presents “Renewable Energy in Ohio: Historical Perspective, Current Trends and Future Projections” at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in 081 Halterman Hall, 1328 Dover Road, at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. An email about the talk says Romich “finds himself ‘in the trenches’ for the university on a daily basis.” He’s also a member of ATI’s Renewable Energy Program advisory panel. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit. It offers among its majors an associate of science degree in renewable energy. Details:

Food pH sensor, developed by CFAES scientists, also may help study oceans

A pH sensor originally developed by CFAES scientists for the food industry, designed to measure the acidity of food processed under high pressure, may end up serving double duty — by measuring the pH of water deep in the ocean, a place under pressure as well (literally, due simply to the weight of the water; figuratively, due to carbon dioxide-fueled ocean acidification). Read the story.

In case you missed it

More than 310,000 people participated in the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sunday — the largest climate change protest in global history and one of America’s largest mass protests of any kind. Other rallies drew 40,000 in London, England; 30,000 in Melbourne, Australia; and 4,000 in Berlin. In all, more than 2,800 rallies took place in 166 countries on Sunday, part of a worldwide call for action to address global warming. Slideshows in, among others, the Guardian (UK), the Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Rolling Stone and The New Yorker.