Sustainability... On Campus

New associate degree is only one like it in U.S.

Interested in plants, high-tech and a job in a green, growing field? CFAES’s Ohio State ATI in Wooster now offers the only two-year degree program for greenhouse engineering technology in the U.S. (Photo: Creatas.)

Watch: ‘The three main challenges our oceans face for the future’

Prince Albert II of Monaco discusses sustainable strategies for the oceans in the video above. It’s from the 2014 World Ocean Summit. He speaks at Ohio State next week.

Prince Albert of Monaco to visit Ohio State

Bolstering Ocean Resilience: H.S.H. Prince Albert II of MonacoPrince Albert II of Monaco, a long-time supporter of global environmental and sustainability issues, will visit Ohio State next week. He’ll give a lecture on climate change, biodiversity and access to clean water at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High Street in Columbus. Learn more here. He’s shown in the photo speaking on bolstering ocean resilience at the 2013 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo by Monika Flueckiger licensed under CCA-SA 2.0 Generic license.)

Columbus-area teachers: There’s help for starting a school garden (and keeping it going)

Young Girl Planting a new Plant in her GardenStarting a school garden — and keeping it going year after year — can be a challenge, says Sue Hogan, 4-H educator with CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension. That’s why she’s helping coordinate “Project Green Teacher,” a weekly school garden educational program from September through November in Columbus. Read the story…

Get the 411 on QGIS

Conceptual keyboard - GIS (blue key)Learn the ABCs of using QGIS — in this case, to map tree cover, land use and similar data — in an Aug. 17 workshop in Mansfield. QGIS is a free and open-source geographic information system, or GIS. It works on operating systems including Mac OS X, Linux, Unix and Microsoft Windows. Sponsoring the event is CFAES’s Ohio Woodland Stewards program. Read more.

Oceans awash: Why ‘biodegradable plastic’ often isn’t

A new report from the United Nations “finds that biodegradable plastics, commonly found in plastic bags and bottles, degrade at extremely slow rates,” according to a story in the Christian Science Monitor. CFAES scientist Fred Michel is quoted in the story among others. The issue relates to the growing amount of plastic polluting our oceans. The authors of the report, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper, wrote: “There is a moral argument that we should not allow the ocean to become further polluted with plastic waste, and that marine littering should be considered a ‘common concern of humankind.’”

Seeking ‘students with a passion for sustainability and change’

CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major, says faculty member Sathya Gopalakrishman, teaches “students with a passion for sustainability and change to be drivers or agents of this change in the future.” Want to be one of them? Watch the video above.

Is water quality trading a solution?

Could water quality trading help solve Ohio’s nutrient issues? Farm and Dairy’s Chris Kick has the story, reporting on the recent joint meeting of the Water Quality Taskforce and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee of the County Commissioners Association of Ohio. The meeting was at OARDC in Wooster, which is CFAES’s research arm, and had several speakers from CFAES.

Helping Mr. Toad come home

Image of American toad 2You’re in luck — and being helpful — if your land has a wetland, says CFAES Wildlife Specialist Marne Titchenell. “Wetlands are rare habitats that many plants and animals depend on. Landowners who are willing to dedicate a portion of their land to a wetland are providing some much-needed homes for wildlife.” Learn more in a workshop she’s co-teaching June 3.

CFAES names new acting dean

Image of Lonnie KingCFAES welcomes Lonnie J. King, who previously has been dean of Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, as its new acting dean effective May 15. King replaces Ron Hendrick, who’s leaving in June to become dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State. Read the story.