Sustainability... In Business

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 — 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 »

All about those microbes

“It’s a microbial thing,” CFAES’s Mary Wicks and Fred Michel said about composting and the upcoming Ohio Compost Operator Short Course in their recent article in Ohio’s Country Journal. Related post here.

What’s up (or not) with ethanol?

Ethanol prices have stayed surprisingly strong despite low oil prices, but in general “times are tough” for the U.S. ethanol industry, said Matt Roberts, a CFAES agricultural economist, in a story and audio interview posted yesterday by Brownfield Ag News.

2-day short course on large-scale composting

Photo of large-scale composting 3The 2016 Ohio Compost Operator Short Course, billed as a “comprehensive program on the science and art of composting,” is March 8 and 9 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster. It’s for people who work at or with large-scale composting facilities. Read the story …

Urban green space expert at conference

Photo of High Line Park in New York 2Tom Smarr, horticulture director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a new urban park in Louisville, Kentucky, keynotes the Tri-State Green Industry Conference Feb. 4 in Cincinnati.

“(The conference) is for representatives of all sectors of the green industry,” said Julie Crook, horticulture program coordinator in OSU Extension’s Hamilton County office and chair of the event’s planning committee.

Smarr previously was horticulture director for New York City’s innovative High Line Park, shown here, which was built on an old elevated train track.

OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm; CFAES is a conference co-sponsor. (Photo by Steven Severinghaus from Friends of the High Line licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)