Sustainability... On Campus
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.)
CFAES 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.)
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 …
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).
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.”
Ohio 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.
Ohio 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.)
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.”