Sustainability... In Business

In battle for Lake Erie, ‘an unprecedented, comprehensive counteroffensive’

image of Lake Erie algal bloomEfforts by, among others, CFAES’s Jeff Reutter and Libby Dayton to stop Lake Erie’s algal blooms were noted yesterday in a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. (Photo: Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant, via NOAA.)

Healthy Water Ohio in the news

Yesterday’s launch of the new Healthy Water Ohio initiative gets coverage by WKSU, WYSUFarm and Dairy, the Toledo Blade, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ideastream (Cleveland public radio).

New coalition will protect, enhance Ohio’s water quality

image of clean waterA coalition of Ohio agriculture, conservation, business, university and other groups today publicly launched Healthy Water Ohio. The new initiative will develop a long-range strategy to protect and enhance the state’s waters, said a press release by the group. Guiding the coalition’s activities is a 16-member steering committee divided into a number of working groups. Leading the Research, Education and Outreach working group is CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron. In all, some 30 stakeholder organizations are involved. More are expected. Plans include a statewide public poll to gather input to direct future efforts and a statewide series of learning events. For more information: Larry Antosch,

Two CFAES speakers at Stone Lab this Thursday

More good reasons to visit Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie: CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron will present “Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Three Ways of Describing a Singular Mission” as the lab’s weekly guest lecture this Thursday evening, July 10. And CFAES economist Elena Irwin will give a research brief before the main talk called “A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services.” Admission is free and open to the public. But you’ll need to ride a water taxi to get from Put-in-Bay to the lab and back ($3 each way). You also can watch online.

Toronto’s trees score big. How do yours rate?

sugar maple leafThere’s money in those maple leafs leaves, says a story today in The Globe and Mail. Toronto’s 10 million trees are worth about $7 billion Canadian ($6.4 billion U.S.), and their benefits — including reducing stormwater runoff and lowering summer cooling bills — far outweigh their costs. Here’s how to put a dollar (U.S.) on your own trees’ benefits. (Photo: Sugar maple by Paul Wray, Iowa State University,

Nominations sought for bioproduct award

bioproduct imageOhio State’s Bioproducts Innovation Center is seeking nominations for its inaugural Bioproduct Innovation of the Year award. The award will recognize leadership from within the emerging biobased products industry. It will be presented as part of the first-ever Bioproducts World Showcase and Conference, Oct. 5-8 in Columbus, which OBIC is organizing.

Target yield? ‘500 tires per acre’

Dandelion videoThe “Our Ohio” TV series, produced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, reports on CFAES’s Buckeye Gold research program. The pioneering program aims to turn a one-of-a-kind dandelion into a domestic, sustainable source of quality rubber. Watch.

EPA’s new carbon rule? State renewable standards can help

The Environmental Protection Agency today announced a proposal seeking a 30-percent cut in carbon pollution from existing power plants. A story in the Los Angeles Times called it “potentially one of the biggest steps any country has ever taken to confront climate change.” One way to cut that pollution? State-level implementation of renewable energy standards. They work, says a recent paper co-authored by CFAES’s Brent Sohngen.

Hot in Cleveland? CFAES-spurred jobs, sustainability

buckeye smart flierCFAES Dean Bruce McPheron headlines the Buckeye Smart: Northeast Ohio Speaker Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at The City Club of Cleveland, 850 Euclid Ave. His talk, called “Ohio State: Growing Jobs in Northeast Ohio,” will include details on a number of sustainability efforts. Among them: Projects to improve Lake Erie’s water quality, recycle food waste from the Cleveland Browns’ stadium and further support Cleveland’s big, growing urban farm movement. Tickets: $25; table of eight, $200. Details and reservations.

Report: ‘Evidence of climate change appears in every region’

satellite imageCFAES scientists Brent Sohngen and Rattan Lal were among the 300 experts who contributed to the recently released U.S. National Climate Assessment. (Photo: NOAA.)