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Water with breakfast

Program is all about waterLisa Downes, J.D., freshwater stewardship director for The Nature Conservancy and North America director of the Alliance for Watershed Stewardship, headlines the March 10 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network. The program also will have speakers on Blueprint Columbus and Ohio State’s Global Water Initiative. Learn more here. Register here.

Be here now

CFAES events on tapCFAES’s latest calendar listings have at least a dozen sustainability-related events (including on such topics as water quality, nutrient management and conservation tillage) still to come. Get the scoop.

Ohio Board of Regents announces water quality research projects

We share a press release sent this morning by the Ohio Board of Regents: The Ohio Board of Regents has announced a series of research projects that will use a dedicated $2 million in research funds to address water quality and algal bloom toxicity in the state. A group of more than 60 university researchers convened by Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey worked to come up with recommendations and a proposal on how to best utilize and invest the funds. The researchers represented a number of University System of Ohio campuses — including The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, Bowling Green State University, Central State University, the University of Toledo, and Kent State University — as well as Defiance Coll...    Read More »

Today at 4: NIU physicist to discuss science policy in the White House

OSTP web imageNorthern Illinois University’s Gerald Blazey presents “Science Policy in the White House” from 4:10-5:30 p.m. today (Jan. 22) in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Blazey, who is a physicist and is NIU’s acting associate vice president for research and innovation, recently completed a two-year appointment in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Looking for a job or an internship?

Hey, CFAES students and recent alumni: You can talk to more than 30 potential employers and internship sources at the college’s winter 2015 Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo. It’s this Thursday, Jan. 22. Details.

U.S. solar industry adding jobs 20 times faster than economy as a whole: Report

solar panels on red roofThinking about enrolling in ATI’s degree program in renewable energy? Especially solar and wind? Think about this: The U.S. solar industry is adding jobs 20 times faster than the national rate, says the latest National Solar Jobs Census, released Jan. 15 by the nonprofit Solar Foundation. Read stories about the census by CNBC, Fortune and Grist. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster.

Support Stone Lab students, kick tires on new boats

Go to the Progressive Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland on Monday, Jan. 19, and — in addition to seeing some 400 new boats and learning more about Lake Erie from Ohio Sea Grant experts — you’ll support student scholarships at Ohio State’s Stone Lab. Here’s how.

In case you missed it (in the holiday hubbub)

Farm and Dairy’s Chris Kick wrote a fantastic story on Dec. 24 on ATI’s new and growing degree program in renewable energy. “Everything we do here,” ATI’s Russ Yoder said in the story, “revolves around the creation of job opportunity.” ATI student Cory Brewer, who is majoring in the program and now also has a job locally in the field, is featured as one example. ATI is CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Yoder is a visiting assistant professor with the program.

Buckeye bounce

Meaghan Agnew of Modern Farmer reports on efforts — including by CFAES’s research arm, OARDC — to turn dandelions into rubber. Earlier posts on OARDC’s work here, here and here.

How to build local and regional food systems: OEFFA conference preview

You’ve read about the urban farming efforts of Morgan Taggart, who works in the Cleveland area with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, here and here (related video above). Now you can hear from her about her experiences with the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, and how you, too, can bring together diverse partners for a greater, food-connected good. “Building Coalitions to Support Local and Regional Food Systems,” Session I A, 9:30-10:25 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 36th annual conference.