Sustainability... On Campus

Brian Snyder joins InFACT leadership team

Image of Brian SnyderBrian Snyder, pictured, executive director of one of the leading sustainable agriculture organizations in the nation, will join the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at The Ohio State University as it pursues its mission to create sustainable and resilient food systems for Ohio and beyond. Read More »

Columbus mayor, GreenSpot awards to headline next EPN event

Image of girl holding new green plant_4Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will present the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards during an April 12 breakfast program hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network. The awards honor achievements in Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability program. Also featured at the event will be the projects by nine teams of students in the college’s Assessing Sustainability capstone course. The course is required of students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major. The teams developed the projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. EPN is a professional group coordinated by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the full story.

Green fair to host Renewable Energy Workshop

Image of sunshine and two sunflowers_3Fred Michel, a Wooster-based biosystems engineer with CFAES, has solar panels gleaming on his home and his car.

He’ll share his experiences with both setups in a Renewable Energy Workshop during the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in Wooster. Read More »

April 19: Recycle CFLs, more at green fair

Image of person holding recycling sign 3Don’t know what to do with your burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs? Old car tires? Cans of unused paint? Take them to Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. Read More »

April 19: See ‘everyday ways’ to help the Earth

Image of girl giving thumbs up to recycling 4Wooster’s 2016 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a celebration of ways to be sustainable, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. It’s free, part of Earth Week, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd.)

Algal bloom effort releases report

Image of algal bloom report 2Ohio Sea Grant, on behalf of Ohio State, the University of Toledo and the Ohio Department of Higher Education, has released the annual report for the first year of funding for the Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), which seeks solutions for harmful algal blooms in Ohio. Included are details on 18 new studies; some involve CFAES scientists. Read the press release. Read the report.

 

 

Stone Lab summer scholarships still available

Hey, teachers (and other students, too): Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, still has scholarships available if you’re interested in taking a class there this summer. Read the story …

3 ways to celebrate Ag Day today

Ag Day graphicToday, March 15, is National Agriculture Day. See how CFAES is celebrating — by working to provide clean water, health and food security — here, here and here (and also on our Facebook page).

NASA says February 2016 was warmest February ever

“February Smashes Earth’s All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin” says the headline of a post on yesterday’s WunderBlog, a WeatherUnderground blog. The post is based on an analysis that NASA released on Saturday. Read the post here. There’s coverage today, too, by The Weather Channel, The Telegraph (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

Got a question? Get the (expert-vetted) (sheets of) facts

Imnage of woman at computerOSU Extension has revamped its free online information resource. The website, which is called Ohioline, lets you read and download hundreds of detail-packed, science-backed, expert-reviewed fact sheets on farming, gardening, food and more, including sustainability. (Try “Gray Water Recycling in Ohio,” for one.) Recent improvements include enhanced search functionality, being responsive to mobile devices, and easier-than-ever printing or saving as PDF files. Browse the virtual shelves starting here. (Photo: joegolby, iStock.)