Sustainability... In Business

April 19: See ‘everyday ways’ to help the Earth

Image of girl giving thumbs up to recycling 4Wooster’s 2016 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a celebration of ways to be sustainable, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. It’s free, part of Earth Week, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd.)

Algal bloom effort releases report

Image of algal bloom report 2Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the annual report for the first year of funding for the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Included are details on 18 new studies; some involve CFAES scientists. Read the press release. Read the report.

 

 

NASA says February 2016 was warmest February ever

“February Smashes Earth’s All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin” says the headline of a post on yesterday’s WunderBlog, a WeatherUnderground blog. The post is based on an analysis that NASA released on Saturday. Read the post here. There’s coverage today, too, by The Weather Channel, The Telegraph (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

Got a question? Get the (expert-vetted) (sheets of) facts

Imnage of woman at computerOSU Extension has revamped its free online information resource. The website, which is called Ohioline, lets you read and download hundreds of detail-packed, science-backed, expert-reviewed fact sheets on farming, gardening, food and more, including sustainability. (Try “Gray Water Recycling in Ohio,” for one.) Recent improvements include enhanced search functionality, being responsive to mobile devices, and easier-than-ever printing or saving as PDF files. Browse the virtual shelves starting here. (Photo: joegolby, iStock.)

Water’s importance ‘is increasingly on the public’s mind’

Picture of child drinking glass of water 2This month’s breakfast presentation by the Environmental Professionals Network, which includes an optional joint meeting with the Water Management Association of Ohio, will feature three major initiatives aimed at protecting and improving water quality. Read More »

Miscanthus? I’ve never met it (here’s how you can)

Photo of miscanthus grass 2Learn about giant miscanthus, a tall grass grown as a bioproduct crop, through a March 11 workshop and bus tour in Ashtabula County, hosted by CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. Farmers in the county, which is in far northeast Ohio, now grow about 4,000 acres of the stuff. A company called Aloterra Energy, meanwhile, runs a production facility in the county that turns the harvest into such things as biodegradable food containers. The bus tour will include stops at farmers’ fields (possibly to see harvest if the weather is right; harvest is done in winter) and the Aloterra plant. Learn more here and here. Download the flier, which includes the registration form, here. (Photo: Miscanthus by photoncatcher from iStock.)

You rock. Greenly. Let people know it

Photo of happy girl recyclingGot a green biz? Here’s a way to show your “support of a more sustainable society.” Note: Act by Monday. (Photo: Wavebreak Media.)

Feb. 29 deadline for Wooster green fair exhibitors, sponsors

Photo of child holding globe 2You can boost your business’s green cred — and reach several thousand environmentally conscious customers in the process — by being a sponsor or exhibitor at this year’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in northeast Ohio. But make plans soon. The deadline to apply is this coming Monday, Feb. 29, and only a limited number of exhibitor spaces are left. The event, which is a free public festival celebrating sustainability, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster. Read more…

New series on renewable energy in Ohio

When it comes to boosting the use of solar and wind energy, “Ohio can do better,” reporter Peter Krouse wrote yesterday in a slideshow story on cleveland.com — and until it does, it’s losing out on “the economic benefits that come from a fast-growing industry.” Among those benefits are jobs. The slideshow went with a main story by Krouse, called “Renewing our commitment to renewable energy: Impact 2016,” which says it’s the first installment in a series that “will examine why Ohio lags behind other states in promoting renewable energy and what we might do to catch up, or get ahead.” Check it out.

Feb. 23: Learn about world’s largest water quality trading program

The groundbreaking, award-winning Ohio River Basin Trading Project, which aims to keep water clean while boosting farmers’ incomes, is the focus of February’s breakfast presentation by the Environmental Professionals Network. Read More »