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How to use crowdfunding, more to help green work

Crowdfunding image 2Crowdfunding can benefit green work, and December’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will show how. Read the story …

Ohio State signs climate action pledge

Ohio State is one of six schools in Ohio and one of more than 200 in the U.S. to sign the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Signing the pledge demonstrates the schools’ support for strong climate action by world leaders at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris, according to a White House press release.

“The institutions signing (the) pledge,” the press release said, “are also already taking significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum.”

Ohio’s other signers are Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Denison University, Kent State University and Oberlin College.

‘Revolt, Rebuild, Renew’: Environmental Film Series ends tonight

Years of Living DangerouslyOhio State’s Environmental Film Series ends tonight with “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew.” It’s an episode from the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Jessica Alba, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman are the film’s correspondents. Gökçe Esenduran, who studies green operations in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, will lead the discussion afterward. Find out more. (Image: Showtime.)

‘Greener future’ dawning

Green Industry short course 2Minimizing fertilizer use and protecting water quality are two of the many topics at Ohio State’s 2015 Green Industry Short Course. Coordinated by CFAES, the Dec. 7-10 event is for people in such fields as lawn care, tree care, landscaping, and golf and sports turf management. Its theme is “A Greener Future.” Get details and register.

‘True Colors’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with the “True Colors” episode of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Olivia Munn (profiling climate-conscious Washington state Governor Jay Inslee) and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s views about manmade climate change and coastal rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy) are the on-screen correspondents. Kate Bartter, director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, and Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will lead the post-screening discussion. Learn more.

‘Plains,’ ‘Forests’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Plains episode of Earth A New WildOhio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with “Plains” and “Forests.” Both are episodes from the PBS series “Earth: A New Wild.” Rebecca Swab, director of restoration ecology at The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio, and Peter Curtis, professor in Ohio State’s Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, will lead the discussion afterward. Get details. (Fan of “Earth: A New Wild”? Read this.) (Image: PBS.)

Nov. 17: How make Greater Columbus more walkable, livable

Walkable city 2A Nov. 17 event at Ohio State will look at making the Columbus area more livable and walkable down the road. Hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network, the program will feature a new central Ohio planning effort called insight2050. Read More »

Still time to get tickets for Cardinal Turkson’s talk on Monday

Cardinal Peter TurksonA reminder to get tickets while you still can for this Monday’s talk at Ohio State by Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. The title of his presentation is “How Are We to Live in Our Common Home? Reflections on Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology.” He’s shown holding a copy of the document, whose title means “Praise be to you.” Learn more here. Get tickets here. Read Laudato Si’ here. (Photo: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.)

Biofuel sources hit the road. Then what happens?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACFAES scientist Ajay Shah answered the question, “What is the additional cost of road maintenance due to cellulosic feedstock delivery to a biorefinery?” recently in Ohio’s Country Journal. Biorefineries produce biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks like corn stover, shown here. (Photo by Wally Wilhelm, USDA-ARS).

Oct. 27 workshop: Statewide impacts of shale development

An energy infrastructure workshop called Statewide Impacts of Shale and Alternative Energy Development, hosted by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, is Tuesday, Oct. 27, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. You’re invited to attend. Shale oil and gas development and its effects on landowners, communities and public officials (through land leasing, influxes of workers, building new pipelines and more) will be a main focus. Read more here and here. Register here (the cost is $30 and includes lunch).