Sustainability... In Business

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.)

A risk not to be there

Adam Zwickle, a Ph.D student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents “Communicating Environmental Risks: The Effects of Message Frame on Risk Mitigating Behavior” today (Thursday, Feb. 27) at 4 p.m.

Climate change, science and moving past partisan politics

inglis-web-photoFormer six-term U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis presents “Using Science to Overcome Partisanship: The Climate Change Example” March 18 at Ohio State. Inglis lost his bid for re-election in 2010 possibly because of his support for a carbon tax aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2013 Politico interview. He’s now the executive director of George Mason University’s Energy and Enterprise Initiative, which promotes conservative solutions to America’s climate and energy challenges. (Photo: E&EI.)

Be seen for your green

Sponsorship slots are still available for Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. The event will focus on ways to live green. It’s set for April 22, Earth Day, at the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Sponsorship details (Word file).

Sixty simple things you can do for the Earth

green fair kids for GBWooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair returns after a one-year hiatus on Tuesday, April 22 — Earth Day. Full story …