Sustainability... On Campus

‘A lasting impact on students’

picture of Dorothy TeaterA $500,000 gift from Dorothy Teater, pictured, and her four sons to CFAES will help both natural resources students and in-career professionals. The gift establishes the Dr. Robert W. Teater Endowed Fund (#482635), named after Mrs. Teater’s late husband, a director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for eight years. Before that, he had been director of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. For more information on this gift and others to CFAES, click here. (Photo: Matthew Marx.)

‘It’s absolutely inspiring to be here’

An Idealist Grad Fair is coming to Ohio State on Oct. 27. Watch a video on what the fair offers here (4:10) and what it looks like here (2:14). Hosting the event is Ohio State’s John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Oct. 23: Climate change’s impacts on birds

picture of Atlantic puffinThe Climate Explorations Series looks at “Computer Modeling, Climate Change and Impact on Birds” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier St., in Columbus. Featured will be the difference between climate and weather, the importance of computer models in understanding the atmosphere, and groundbreaking research on the impact of climate change on birds and their ranges. Free. To view the event online, click here. Series collaborators include Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. (Photo: Atlantic puffin, iStock.)

Nov. 12 forecast: Sunny. Windy. Anaerobic digestively

solar panels for GBExperts from industry and academia will share their expertise on emerging green energy opportunities during a daylong workshop to be held Nov. 12 at CFAES’s research arm in Wooster, OARDC. Press release here. Event flier with agenda and registration form here. There’s a discount for early registration (by Nov. 4) and for students. (Photo: iStock.)

CFAES grad student to attend World Food Prize events

Boniface MassaweCongratulations to Boniface Massawe, a Ph.D. soil science student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, on his selection to attend the 2014 World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, starting this Sunday, Oct. 12. While there, he’ll participate in the 2014 Borlaug Dialogue, an international symposium named for Nobel Laureate Norman E. Borlaug, which will address “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can We Sustainably Feed the 9 Billion People on Our Planet by the Year 2050?” A native of Tanzania, Massawe is a fellow in the Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program. Read more …

Today at 3: How to major in renewable energy at Ohio State ATI … and the places you can go from there

Learn about majoring in Renewable Energy at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster. Then hear how you can transition that major into a bachelor’s degree program on Ohio State’s main campus. It’s a free talk by Esther Dwyer and Jessica Diallo, both of CFAES, from 3-3:55 p.m. today, Oct. 9, in 081 Halterman Hall at ATI, 1328 Dover Road, Wooster. Details:

Oct. 16: Climate change, rising seas and how the Navy’s getting ready

picture of waves and heavy seasRear Admiral Jonathan White will discuss the impacts of climate change on the U.S. Navy’s operations, and how the Navy is preparing for these impacts, as the keynote speaker of Climate Change and National Security from 2-4 p.m. on Oct. 16 at Ohio State in Columbus. Sign up to attend here and to watch online here. Both are free.

The event is part of the “Climate Explorations” series being presented by Ohio State; the Byrd Polar Research Center; WCBE, Columbus; Ohio Sea Grant; and the 4-H Youth Development Program of CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension. To see the complete schedule, click here. An OSU CARES grant is funding the series.

Today: Green up, chow down

picture of kid eating watermelon for GBCFAES’s Secrest Arboretum in Wooster becomes an arborEATum today, Oct. 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. It’s free and you’re invited. The topic is edible landscaping, which has sustainability benefits related to local foods, ecosystem services, and simply getting good, practical use from your yard and its soil and water.

Oct. 11: Why business has a sustainability agenda (and more) (register by Oct. 8)

Neil Drobny, program director of CFAES’s new Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major, speaks Oct. 11 at the Engineers for a Sustainable World Midwestern Regional Conference at Ohio State in Columbus. His talk is called “Why Business Has a Sustainability Agenda.” Also speaking during the conference will be renowned climate change scientist Lonnie Thompson of the university’s Byrd Polar Research Center.

Hosting the event is ESW’s Ohio State chapter in the College of Engineering. Register by tomorrow, Oct. 8.

Oct. 12-13: A religious response to climate change

picture of sunriseEarthkeeping Summit 2014, presented by Ohio Interfaith Power and Light and CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, takes place on Oct. 12-13 in CFAES’s LEED-certified Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. Organizers call the program “an invitation to Ohio’s faith community to gather … to empower a religious response to climate change.” Speaking will be Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe, recently named to Time’s 2014 list of the 100 most influential people in the world; and the father-son team of David Orr of Oberlin College and the Rev. Daniel Orr, an Episcopal priest in Fremont, presenting “Heart, Soul and Mind: The Intergenerational Challenge of a Changing Climate.” Details.