Sustainability... In Business

Growing greener car parts

picture of green carTwo University of Guelph researchers, writing in today’s Globe and Mail, explain why car makers are investing in biomaterials. CFAES scientists, too, are leading work in that field. Video here (1:44). (Photo: iStock.)

Oct. 23: Climate change’s impacts on birds

picture of Atlantic puffinThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Computer Modeling, Climate Change and Impact on Birds” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., in Columbus. Featured will be the difference between climate and weather, the importance of computer models in understanding the atmosphere, and groundbreaking research on the impact of climate change on birds and their ranges. Free. To view the event online, click here. Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Atlantic puffin, iStock.)

Nov. 12 forecast: Sunny. Windy. Anaerobic digestively

solar panels for GBExperts from industry and academia will share their expertise on emerging green energy opportunities during a daylong workshop to be held Nov. 12 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. Press release here. Event flier with agenda and registration form here. There’s a discount for early registration (by Nov. 4) and for students. (Photo: iStock.)

‘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: