Sustainability... On Campus

Into the blue

picture of clean blue water for GBWorth a read: Ohio’s water issues are the focus of a recent column by Farm and Dairy Editor Susan Crowell, who quotes, among others, OARDC Director Steve Slack. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: iStock.)

Sept. 9: How to continue Ohio’s clean energy progress

solar panelThe Environmental Professionals Network, a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, hosts its next monthly breakfast program, “Challenges and Opportunities: Achieving Ohio’s Clean Energy Potential,” on Sept. 9 in Columbus. You’re invited to attend. Details.

Watch: ‘All these really critical questions come back to water’

wetland video 2 for GBStudents and professors in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources talk about wetlands, water quality and the school’s Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in a new YouTube video (3:23). Related post.

Color these new Buckeyes green

buckeyesCFAES has a new learning community for students, and its focus is sustainability. Called SUSTAINS, short for Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society, it’s for undergraduates who are studying or are otherwise interested in the environment. Read the story …

‘It’s a real experiential learning process for the students’

Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park  CFAES Dr. Mazeika SullivanSome returning CFAES students are finding their classroom all wet, by design. In fact, you might see them in waders. Five courses taught through the School of Environment and Natural Resources are meeting at, and in, the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park during autumn semester 2014, part of a plan to increasingly use its 52 acres of marsh and mud, frogs and geese, fish and water for teaching. Read the story. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain, CFAES Communications.)

Feel the heat; or, you can’t tell how hot till you try

Mark Stewart, director of the University of Newcastle, Australia’s Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability, presents “Climate Change Risk Assessment: Is Adaptation a Workable Solution to Climate Change?” from 3:30-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at Ohio State’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies, 1501 Neil Ave., in Columbus. He’s a visiting scholar at the Mershon center. Details and a link to register here.

Boost your environmental leadership

ELI bannerRegister by Aug. 20 for the 2014 workshop series by CFAES’s Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The series features three all-day programs in September, October and November plus several breakfast and dinner networking events in that time. The focus is on learning better ways to collaborate, engage stakeholders, set goals, make decisions, communicate science and more, all aimed at improving the state’s environmental sustainability. There’s online registration and payment.

What’s being done about water

image of clean waterFrom Toledo’s temporary drinking water ban to California’s record drought, water has been in the news a lot. If you’re a reporter or blogger, a recent media advisory gives a sampling of research and outreach by our college, plus contact details for the people in charge, to protect and improve Ohio’s water. (Photo: iStock.)

‘It was an astonishing experience’

borlaug scholarsCFAES recently hosted four distinguished international researchers — from Bangladesh, Tunisia and two from Ghana — through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. All four work in sustainable agriculture fields, including protecting plant health, boosting soil quality and preserving crop biodiversity. Read the story …

‘There are things we can do to be better and more effective teachers’

president drake videoHow to sustain great teaching? Ohio State President Michael V. Drake, M.D., who started June 1, speaks on teaching at a research university such as Ohio State, and on tapping into research on teaching to further improve that teaching, yesterday on his first visit to CFAES’s Wooster campus. Watch (1:50).