Sustainability... On Campus

Today at 3:30: ‘Why we don’t believe science,’ and what can be done about it

Why hide from science?Ohio State’s Climate Explorations series continues today at 3:30 p.m. with “Why We Don’t Believe Science: A Perspective from Decision Psychology.” Ellen Peters of the Department of Psychology is the speaker. The event flier says, “Examples in climate change and other politically charged domains will be considered along with evidence-based strategies that may help.” Get details. Also to be streamed. Also try this. (Photo: iStock.)

2 green days coming

Things start turning green this month. Then get even greener on two special days. Earth Day, which celebrates the environment, is April 22. Arbor Day, which promotes trees, is April 24. Get details on Ohio State’s related activities, which in fact have already started, here.

Thursday: ‘The emerging alliance of religion and ecology’

Mary Evelyn Tucker, senior lecturer and research scholar at Yale University, presents “The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the spring seminar series by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Attend in Columbus or watch in Wooster by video link.

Tucker teaches a joint master’s degree program between Yale’s Divinity School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; directs the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale with her husband, John Grim; and served on the Earth Charter International Council. In the video above, she talks about the emergence of an “ecological theology.”

How to start a school garden or grow yours even more

Growing School GardenCFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, holds its 2015 school garden conference, “Growing a Sense of Place,” April 24 in Columbus. It’s for you if you plan, plant or teach in a school garden or are thinking about starting one. Why a school garden? Not just plants grow there.

Muck in

STONE LAB copyStone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie, holds its 2015 Spring Work Weekend April 17-19, and you’re invited. (Photo: Environmental Sciences Network.)

Charting his new course

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab said “fare thee well” today to Director Jeff Reutter upon his retirement after 42 years of service. Lake Erie and the science that serves it couldn’t have asked for a better friend. See why in the video above.

Sneak peek: Jared Diamond

Jared Diamond talks about his book The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies? in a 2013 appearance on The Colbert Report (video, 5:17). He presents a lecture based on the book this Thursday, April 2, at Ohio State.

‘Addressing issues of food security’: Loyola scientist to speak at Ohio State

Chris Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago presents “Addressing Issues of Food Security through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” from 4-5 p.m., Thursday, April 2. Free. Part of the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details.

Goal: ‘To get people to care while there’s still time’

Joel Sartore Scarlet IbisesBig thanks to National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore for his talk last night at Ohio State and to CFAES’s David Hanselmann and his colleagues in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and Environmental Professionals Network for serving as hosts. Some 800 people packed the Ohio Union’s Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. If your interests include wildlife of all kinds and sizes (from veiled chameleons to Francois langurs to Sumatran tigers), photography, and saving Earth’s sadly, ridiculously threatened biodiversity, check out Sartore’s stunning Photo Ark project. (Photo: Scarlet ibises, joelsartore.com.)

‘There’s a lot of influence coming from Ohio State’

“Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities,” says the headline of a recent story by Nick Roll in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern. Among those quoted are CFAES’s Neil Drobny and Greg Hitzhusen.