We’ve gotten some questions about last night’s “Green Fire” screening. The location for the screening, the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, was evacuated from about 6-7:30 p.m. so police could investigate an unattended backpack that was found to be harmless. What we’re trying to find out is whether the screening was just delayed or was cancelled altogether … and if it was cancelled, whether it will be rescheduled. If you have any details, drop us a line. Otherwise, we’ll let you know as soon as we can.
Sustainability... On Campus
The Midwest-Great Lakes chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration holds its annual meeting today through Sunday (4/12-14) on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Theme: “Ecological Restoration and Sustainability: Partners for the Future.” Read more about the meeting here and about the chapter here. (The chapter’s mission: “To promote the science and practice of ecological restoration to assist with the recovery and management of degraded ecosystems throughout the Midwestern and Great Lakes region of the United States.”) Among those attending and presenting are a number of scientists and graduate students from CFAES.
Read more about Ohio State’s Environmental March Madness championship, including how the tournament worked and what CFAES did for the win, here.
“Ohio State competed with power in every area of our competition. Their environmental and sustainability initiatives, including the Zero Waste initiative at Ohio Stadium, demonstrate important real-world applications of environmental and sustainability concepts.
“The essays, videos, and pictures submitted document intense involvement by students, faculty, and facility staff in environmental programs, and the strong slate of environment and sustainability courses demonstrate the university’s ability to prepare its students for leadership in the environmental arena after college.”
“In the ten years I have been teaching at Ohio State, I have seen sustainability go from a topic that only a niche crowd cared about and even fewer knew the meaning of, to becoming an area that every department and college wants to work into its courses,” said Neil Drobny, director of CFAES’s new Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability Program, in yesterday’s Enviance press release announcing Ohio State as the winner of the second annual Environmental March Madness Tournament. “It has been very gratifying,” he said, “to witness and support the change.”
Not one but two national champions were crowned in the past 24 hours. Led by CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability Program, Ohio State yesterday won the second annual not-at-all-basketball-related Environmental March Madness Tournament. More to come …
WKSU’s Mark Urycki had a good story about the film “The Big Year” and Ohio birder Greg Miller (pictured, right, on the set with actor Jack Black) on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” in 2011 (with links to audio and a transcript). Miller leads a bird walk and gives a talk called “My Big Year” tomorrow, April 10, on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Both events are free and open to the public. (Photo: Greg Miller Birding.)
Sustainability includes biodiversity, which includes wildlife, which includes birds, which includes one man’s obsession to see as many North American bird species as possible in a single calendar year. Ohio’s Greg Miller, one of three birders featured in the book and film “The Big Year” (Jack Black played him), headlines two free public events — a 10 a.m. bird walk and a 1:30 p.m. seminar called “My Big Year” — on Wednesday, April 10, on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. Details here and here.