Sustainability... On Campus

Ohio State tree planting team beats the Ducks, now it’s on to football

Sent by Mary Maloney, director of CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum, late this afternoon: "I just received a text from the Chadwick Arboretum Tree Planting Team in Arlington, Texas, near the site of the pending College Football National Championship game, and our team placed first in the tree planting competition! Team member and Chadwick GIS Specialist Christine Voise said it was by a landslide. I thought that this might happen when our team was featured planting a tree in under 60 seconds with Channel 10’s Jeff Hogan [Columbus TV] on the noon-day report earlier today! "I have attached a photo of the plaque and the tree planting team. From the left: Mike Boren (father of the three Boren brothers who all play/played on the Ohio State foo...    Read More »

Fast, forward

A time-lapse video shows construction of the new Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, in Wooster. Officials broke ground for the building in May 2013 and held a dedication ceremony on Dec. 19, as mentioned in our previous post. (Video: Chris Dicus, CFAES Communications.)

Growing places

Williams Greenhouse grand openingCFAES scientist Michelle Jones talks to some of the hundred-plus guests at the Dec. 19 dedication of the new Williams Hall greenhouses and Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building at OARDC, CFAES’s research arm, in Wooster. From left: OARDC Director Steve Slack, Wooster Mayor Bob Breneman, Dave Dobo representing U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron and State Rep. Ron Amstutz. The greenhouses and building in part will support research in such sustainability fields as composting, bioenergy and biobased products. Both are replacing facilities wrecked by 2010’s Wooster tornado. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

A giving tree; or, I can’t stop watching the spinning

CFAES scientists didn’t work on this, and it’s still in development, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. Or at least just pretty cool-looking. Art meets tech meets catching the wind. Picture one in your yard. In front of your office. In a grove, say, of dozens on Ohio State’s Oval …

‘The perfect match of technology and education’

CFAES’s recent, really big (more than 700 students) Environmental Science Student Symposium showed its participants, among other things, the hows and whys of the peer review process. In doing so, it also added some new technology to make the process simpler and faster. Learn more in a new YouTube video by Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning (2:23).

‘The great responsibility humans have’

CFAES student Michael Sabo, a graduating senior in Environmental Policy and Decision Making, talks about his “Environmental Awakening” in a recent essay on the Environmental Professionals Network website:

“I began to understand the great responsibility humans have to decide how to best manage this global garden. Because of this, I accepted the notion that humans can be part of nature, and yet somehow different, with the weight of the world on our shoulders. What this meant to me was that my actions matter a great deal. Every day I am faced with so many choices, but in understanding my role as a steward and gardener of the Earth, I must try to make the best decisions possible.”

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Check out this new climate change website

climate website for GBYou’ve read about the “Global Change, Local Impact” webinar series by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team (most recently here and here). Now you can access recordings of all the webinars, together with helpful support information, all on a single website. Check it out.

Climate course breaks big on iTunes U

iTunes climate courseOhio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team has released its “Global Change, Local Impact” webinar series as an iTunes U course called “Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes.” In the first two weeks after its launch, the new course was featured by Apple, hit No. 1 on the list of iTunes U Top Courses, was visited 23,000 times and gained 2,500 subscribers. Included are 40-plus presentations on climate research, adaptation and education. Check it out. CFAES scientists are among the team’s members.

New partnerships for, and the benefits of, getting more people outside

picture of people kayakingOhio has great potential for outdoor recreation and the good that can come from it. So says CFAES’s David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. On Dec. 9, the network will host a program on tapping and growing that potential, and you’re invited to attend. Read more. (Photo: iStock.)

Create the future? ‘Only with your help’

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron and students thank the college’s many donors in a new YouTube video. Look for Miranda McClendon, a senior in CFAES’s relatively new and definitely growing Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major, starting at 0:52. “Our job is to create the future,” Dean McPheron says in the video. “We can only do that with your help.”