Sustainability... In Business

(Sustainable) ice cream with breakfast

Jeni's Ice Cream pintsHere’s a scoop: The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program at Ohio State features Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus company, which is continuing to expand nationally, last year earned B Corp certification for its sustainability practices, one of only eight Ohio businesses to hold that distinction. Registration for the May 12 event includes breakfast and, yes, ice cream samples. (Photo: CSRwire.)

‘Everyone recognizes how important this is’

Lake Erie algal bloomWhat is Ohio doing to stop toxic algae? Kristina Smith answers that question in her April 2 Port Clinton News-Herald story.

Growing green energetically

Biofuels WorkshopBiofuels, bioproducts and growing the crops needed to make them in Ohio are the focus of a CFAES workshop April 9. Among the topics: Growing switchgrass (shown here) to make ethanol and growing dandelions and guayule for rubber and latex. Read the press release. Check out the speakers and topics in the flier. It’s free, but sign up by Monday, April 6, if you want the free lunch. (Photo: iStock.)

Sneak peek: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond talks about his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? in a 2013 appearance on The Colbert Report (video, 5:17). He presents a lecture based on the book this Thursday, April 2, at Ohio State.

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.