Sustainability... On Campus

Three points of view on new gas drilling impacts

Joseph Campbell of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, who heads the college’s Social Responsibility Initiative, will be one of three featured speakers at “The Effects of Fracking” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Ohio State in Columbus. Presenting the program is Ohio State’s chapter of the Alexander Hamilton Society.

A better place to bee?

bumblebeeUrban ecologist Kevin Matteson, Miami University, presents “Pollinators in the City: Ecosystem Services and Conservation” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus and live streamed to the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Details. Matteson is assistant director of the master’s program for Miami’s Project Dragonfly and previously was coordinator of the American Museum of Natural History’s Great Pollinator Project. (Photo: Bumblebee, USDA-ARS.)

Local foods? Now you’re cooking: 15 days till Wooster’s green fair

dinner plateLocal foods benefit local farms, economies and environments, and you can learn how to use them locally — in a skillet, say, right in your kitchen — at the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. The Earth Day, April 22, event features a 1:30 p.m. local food cooking demonstration by Jeannine Snyder, operations manager of Café Carmen at CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, and Peter Wallin, executive chef for campus dining services at the College of Wooster. Details on the fair here and here.

Today: Jeffrey Sachs live stream to Wooster

Can’t make it to Columbus? Today’s 3 p.m. talk by Jeffrey Sachs, “The Age of Sustainable Development,” will be live streamed to Room 30, Skou Hall, at CFAES’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Free. Everyone’s welcome. Directions and campus map here.

Our actions affect freshwater fish. How do the fish react?

bull trout 2“Freshwater fishes face extreme challenges associated with human activities in and near water,” says Suzanne Gray of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. She’ll talk about those challenges, and how fish respond, in “Fish Biodiversity in a Changing World” today (April 3) at 4 p.m. It’s based on her research wading (literally) through degraded freshwater habitats in North America and Africa. Also included will be details on two new water conservation projects for children in Uganda and in Ohio’s Muskingum County. (Photo: Bull trout, a threatened species, in British Columbia by Joel Sartore, USFWF.)

Give it the gas? Listen to this: 19 days till Wooster’s green fair

OARDC Compressed Natural Gas CarFive speakers set for the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair have gas. And they plan to let you know it. A talk and panel discussion at the event will expand on compressed natural gas, or CNG. How does it work as a vehicle fuel? Is it cheaper? Greener? The speakers, including from Orrville’s Smith Dairy, Wooster’s Pallotta Ford Lincoln and the Wayne County Engineer’s Office, have know-how on using CNG and converting cars and trucks to run on it. The fair is on Earth Day, April 22, at CFAES’s OARDC in Wooster. Fun fact: OARDC itself is testing CNG vehicles in its fleet. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)

Wrap it up, we’ll take it: 20 days till Wooster’s green fair

recycling binStart packing. You can drop off a range of materials, including old light bulbs, dead batteries, unused medications and embarrassingly outdated electronics, at the Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair’s free, drive-through recycling center. Click here for the list of what you can bring. You also can drop off documents for free shredding. Of note: The first 200 people to drop off materials will get a $2.50 coupon to use at any of the fair’s local-food-focused food vendors. The fair is on April 22, Earth Day, at the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC.

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Free Ohio State student registration for the April 10 breakfast talk by Jack Hanna is, alas, now sold out.

Wild! Big turnout brewing for Jack Hanna breakfast

Jack Hanna for GBZookeeper turned TV star “Jungle Jack” Hanna, pictured, right, headlines the April 10 breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network at Ohio State. He’s director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and host of the nationally syndicated Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. He’ll talk about Earth Day and the new myActions.org social network, a campaign promoting sustainability. At last count, there were 20 free registrations left for Ohio State students (some 660 students have registered already!), and paid registration for members and non-members of the network also is available. (Photo by Rick A. Prebeg, World Class Images, via Mills Entertainment.)

Energy independence through renewables? 21 days till Wooster’s green fair

solar panels for GB on GFBrandon Miller, solar project manager for the Cleveland company Carbon Vision, will keynote the April 22 Wooster Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. His talk, called “Energy Independence for Wayne County,” will be part of the fair’s 11 to 11:45 a.m. opening ceremony. Carbon Vision, according to its website, is a full-service renewable energy analysis and project development firm, specializing in solutions that create value and improve the environment. The fair overall runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Wooster (Wayne County) campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Admission to the fair, including the talk, is free.