Sustainability... On Campus

Feb. 14: Go into the woods in Ohio, the library

Image of Ohio State Thompson LibraryFebruary’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will explore Ohio’s forests — and the natural role one of them played in renovating Ohio State’s main library.  Read More »

Climate change consequences, solutions

Ris Twigg reported on Jan. 11’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, which looked at climate change, energy conservation and renewable energy, in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern.

The network is a public service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Watch: ‘Experience you really can’t get in the classroom’

Ohio State’s Stone Lab on western Lake Erie, CFAES student Adam Cupito says in the video above, is a “great place to see evolution in action.” It holds college-credit summer courses in the biological and environmental sciences. All of them emphasize hands-on, feet-wet, in-depth study in the field — especially in the lake and on its islands. Check out the list of courses.

Watch the trailer for ‘Green Fire’

Leading off this year’s Environmental Film Series at Ohio State is the Aldo Leopold documentary “Green Fire,” on Jan. 24. The Emmy Award-winning film, according to its website, “explores Leopold’s extraordinary career and his enduring influence — tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people and the land.” Watch the trailer above.

Film series runs on 6 straight Tuesday evenings

Movie clapboard and film reelHere’s the lineup for the Environmental Film Series:

• “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” Jan. 24.

• “Before the Flood,” Jan. 31: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary.

• “Red Gold,” Feb. 7: Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery and the open-pit Pebble mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters.

• “A Race Against Time,” Feb. 14: Solar energy development in India and what’s impeding such development in the U.S.

• “Return of the River,” Feb. 21: The environmental and cultural benefits of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.

• “Uprising,” Feb. 28: America’s dependence on coal plants; China’s impact on the global environment.

Environmental Film Series starts Jan. 24

Green Fire imageOhio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series kicks off Jan. 24 with a look at legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, author of the classic A Sand County Almanac.

Called “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” the film starts at 7 p.m. in Room 130 in the university’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, 151 W. Woodruff Ave. in Columbus.

Admission is free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages will be served at 6:45 p.m. Advance registration isn’t needed.

Read more on the series here.

Public fruit parks coming to Columbus

Ohio State’s Wexner Center for the Arts, two Los Angeles-based artists, Columbus neighborhood groups and collaborators including CFAES’s outreach arm (OSU Extension) are partnering to design and plant two public “fruit parks” in Columbus’s Weinland Park and South Side areas.

“The fruit each location will yield is intended for the community to share and will be selected with an eye towards the history and preferences of each neighborhood,” said a Wexner Center press release.

Jan. 11 EPN event will feature climatologist Lonnie Thompson

JImage of Lonnie Thompsonan. 11’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program has a big title for a big topic — in fact, for four very closely related topics.

It’s called “Global Warming. You and Me. Energy Audits. Money in Your Pocket. Cleaner Air. More Comfortable Home. Help Is Available. Don’t Procrastinate.”

And it features talks by four Ohio experts — led by Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (pictured) — on a theme of climate and energy. Read more …

Watch: ‘Projects that matter in the real world’

So, CFAES students are doing great things, continue to do great things, in the field of sustainability. The video above shows the intelligence, passion and got-it-togetherness of some of them. Check it out.

Thursday at 4 p.m.: The unsustainability of ‘Breaking Bad’

Image of Allen MacDuffie 2Allen MacDuffie (pictured), associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of English, will present “Energy, Ecology, and ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Unsustainability” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Ohio State in Columbus.

Admission is free and open to the public.

MacDuffie, who’s the author of Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination, will discuss how narratives within the “Breaking Bad” TV series “register the cultural and environmental logic underlying our present moment of ecological crisis,” according to the event listing.

Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program and Department of English are the event’s co-sponsors.

Details. (Photo: UT Austin.)