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Today: Jeffrey Sachs live stream to Wooster

Can’t make it to Columbus? Today’s 3 p.m. talk by Jeffrey Sachs, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” will be live streamed to Room 30, Skou Hall, at CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Free. Everyone’s welcome. Directions and campus map here.

Give it the gas? Listen to this: 19 days till Wooster’s green fair

OARDC Compressed Natural Gas CarFive speakers set for the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair have gas. And they plan to let you know it. A talk and panel discussion at the event will expand on compressed natural gas, or CNG. How does it work as a vehicle fuel? Is it cheaper? Greener? The speakers, including from Orrville’s Smith Dairy, Wooster’s Pallotta Ford Lincoln and the Wayne County Engineer’s Office, have know-how on using CNG and converting cars and trucks to run on it. The fair is on Earth Day, April 22, at CFAES’s OARDC in Wooster. Fun fact: OARDC itself is testing CNG vehicles in its fleet. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Wrap it up, we’ll take it: 20 days till Wooster’s green fair

recycling binStart packing. You can drop off a range of materials, including old light bulbs, dead batteries, unused medications and embarrassingly outdated electronics, at the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair’s free, drive-through recycling center. Click here for the list of what you can bring. You also can drop off documents for free shredding. Of note: The first 200 people to drop off materials will get a $2.50 coupon to use at any of the fair’s local-food-focused food vendors. The fair is on April 22, Earth Day, at the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC.

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Energy independence through renewables? 21 days till Wooster’s green fair

solar panels for GB on GFBrandon Miller, solar project manager for the Cleveland company Carbon Vision, will keynote the April 22 Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. His talk, called “Energy Independence for Wayne County,” will be part of the fair’s 11 to 11:45 a.m. opening ceremony. Carbon Vision, according to its website, is a full-service renewable energy analysis and project development firm, specializing in solutions that create value and improve the environment. The fair overall runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wooster (Wayne County) campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Admission to the fair, including the talk, is free.

Or just, he says, call Bono

jeffrey sachs interviewHere’s Jeffrey Sachs (see our previous post) speaking on the water, climate and energy crises on The Daily Show in 2008: “If you look at the technologies we have, if you look at the willingness of other countries to cooperate with (the U.S.), and actually realize that we share the same problems, there are some very practical things to be done.”

Sustainable development advocate, UN adviser Jeffrey Sachs to speak Friday at Ohio State

Columbia University’s Jeffrey Sachs presents the keynote address, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” at Ohio State’s Spring COMPAS Conference Friday (April 4) in Columbus. He’s director of The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development at Columbia and is director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books, among others, include Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet. Speaking in a panel discussion after Sachs’ talk will be CFAES’s Elena Irwin, an environmental and regional economics professor, and Ian Sheldon, an international trade expert, who will discuss sustainable development. COMPAS stands for “Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society.” Related post.

Renewable power from heat? Check

flame for GBCan heat-powered engines serve as a renewable energy backup to wind, solar and other green systems — while sequestering carbon in the process? Find out April 15 at CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster.

CFAES prof to testify before U.S. House on water quality

Moore_RichardRichard Moore of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources will testify before the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment tomorrow (March 25) in a hearing titled “The Role of Water Quality Trading in Achieving Clean Water Objectives.” His achievements include leading the Sugar Creek Headwaters Ecosystem Study, which produced the Sugar Creek Method, a community-based approach to watershed management emphasizing local action and decision-making based on scientific data. He also serves as executive director of Ohio State’s Environmental Sciences Network. U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs of northeast Ohio is the subcommittee’s chairman. Watch the live stream here.

Hand in glove: A new Ohio bioproduct, help for certain health care workers

latext gloveCFAES scientists have developed a new type of medical latex — made from the domestically and sustainably grown guayule shrub — that’s safe to use for people with Type I and Type IV latex allergies.

Capitol ideas

OSU CFAES Legislative LunchFrom left, State Rep. John Becker (District 65, Union Township) and Harold Keener and Yebo Li, both of CFAES, talk during yesterday’s (March 12) CFAES Legislative Luncheon in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Becker is a member of the House Education Committee. Keener and Li are scientists in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, where they work in the sustainability-related fields of bioenergy, biobased products and large-scale composting. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)