Sustainability... On Campus

As off through the waves it rolls

A repurposed, CFAES-developed food pH sensor has made the first cut in an international competition. Goal: Find a new way to measure ocean acidification.

‘I’ve seen, in my lifetime, changes in the seasons’

Live near Lake Erie? Instructors Steve Ackerman and Margaret Mooney, both of them Badgers, discuss Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, their new free online course. You’re invited to join them, and fellow learners from around the lakes, here.

New free course on Great Lakes’ changing climate

Great Lakes climate is changingThere’s a new MOOC (massive open online course) available called Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. It’s free, goes for four weeks and started today. But you can still join after today and get all the content. The host is the University of Wisconsin. The course, its website says, “will feature a new season each week through short lectures and activities covering Great Lakes weather, observed changes in the climate and societal impacts of climate change.” Learn more and sign up here. Watch a video preview.

RESCHEDULED: Can fungus-endangered amphibians be saved?

Saving endangered amphibians[LATE CHANGE: Today's talk has been cancelled and rescheduled for Feb. 26.] Brian Gratwicke of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival presents “Captive Breeding Programs to Mitigate Chytridiomycosis-related Extinctions: Lessons from Panama” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details [the date needs to be updated but the time and locations are the same]. Chytridiomycosis is a deadly amphibian fungal disease linked to huge population declines and extinctions in many species. (Photo: Panamanian golden frog by Gratwicke via Wikimedia Commons.)

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.

‘Cleaning Up America’s Rivers’ to be live-streamed

Cleaning Up Rivers to be live streamedChad Pregracke’s Feb. 24 talk to the Environmental Professionals Network in Columbus, “Cleaning Up America’s Rivers,” will be live-streamed on YouTube starting at 8:45 a.m. EST. Tune in at

Pregracke is founder and president of Living Lands & Waters, a not-for-profit group that works to take trash out of major U.S. rivers. In 2013, he was named CNN’s Hero of the Year for his efforts.

As always, both members and nonmembers of the network are welcome to attend the program in person. The registration fee includes breakfast. Get details here.

In honor of World Wetlands Day …

Mazeika Sullivan and some of his students talk about CFAES’s Wilma H. Shiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in a video published last spring. The park, which is located in Columbus near Ohio State’s campus, is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. Sullivan, an associate professor in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, is the park’s director. Today is World Wetlands Day.

Today is World Wetlands Day

Feb. 2 marks the anniversary of the adoption of the 1971 Ramsar Convention for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. The convention focused on the conservation, education and importance of wetlands throughout the world. Wetlands provide a host of ecosystem services, including habitat for plant and animal species, flood control during storm events, water-quality improvement, and a food source for a large portion of the world’s population. The Ramsar Convention continues to promote wetlands and their ecosystem services and to approve the designation of sites around the world that serve as wetlands of international importance. In 2008, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park (ORWRP) became the 25th wetland of...    Read More »

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 »