Sustainability... On Campus

‘People really do want to know where their food is coming from’

dean mcpheron videoCFAES Dean Bruce McPheron talks about agriculture’s impact in Ohio and the growing interest and opportunities in local foods yesterday on CFAES’s Wooster campus, part of a visit by new Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and the university’s Roads Scholars tour. Watch (1:36).

On the road (to sustainability) (and more)

President Drake visitCFAES welcomed Ohio State’s new president, Michael V. Drake, M.D., center, and the university’s Roads Scholar tour today to its Wooster campus. The annual two-day tour is a chance for faculty and administrators to see Ohio State’s locations and impacts around the state. Scientists such as Casey Hoy of CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program, right, talked about their work. “Speed meetings” also featured sustainability-related CFAES efforts in biofuels, local food systems (local farmers shared what they’d grown), environmental quality, and biobased products and energy.

‘The new green is black’

The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s John Funk reports on quasar energy group’s biogas power plants and the partnership role of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC:

The new green is black for Quasar Energy Group, a company that with federal and state assistance has developed the technology to generate electricity from every flush of your toilet and every scrap of food waste and grease sent down a drain.

Quasar’s success story starts with European technology, steadily improved by researchers at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and refined almost daily by Quasar and OARDC engineers.

Check it out.

Watch: How OARDC, quasar are making, using biogas CNG vehicle fuel

image of CNG videoCleanCitiesTV has released a new YouTube video on the joint effort by OARDC and quasar energy group to make biogas, turn it into compressed natural gas (CNG) and put it to use as vehicle fuel. Watch (3:08).

Sign up by 3 p.m. today for algal bloom media briefing tomorrow. There’s also a public webinar

Ohio State’s Stone Lab will host a media briefing and public webinar tomorrow, Thursday, July 10, to explain NOAA’s Seasonal Forecast of Harmful Algal Blooms for Lake Erie. Speaking at both events will be experts and elected officials.

The media briefing starts at 10 a.m. Included will be lab demonstrations and on-the-water field experience. Get details here. Note: Register to attend by 3 p.m. today, July 9. Call or e-mail Jill Jentes, 614-937-0072,

The webinar goes from 2-4 p.m. To register, go here and scroll down.

Lake Erie’s recurring summer algal blooms threaten fishing, swimming, boating and tourism on the lake, plus drinking water and the health of the lake’s ecosystems.

In battle for Lake Erie, ‘an unprecedented, comprehensive counteroffensive’

image of Lake Erie algal bloomEfforts by, among others, CFAES’s Jeff Reutter and Libby Dayton to stop Lake Erie’s algal blooms were noted yesterday in a Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial. (Photo: Tom Archer, Michigan Sea Grant, via NOAA.)

Healthy Water Ohio in the news

Yesterday’s launch of the new Healthy Water Ohio initiative gets coverage by WKSU, WYSUFarm and Dairy, the Toledo Blade, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ideastream (Cleveland public radio).

Two CFAES speakers at Stone Lab this Thursday

More good reasons to visit Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie: CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron will present “Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Three Ways of Describing a Singular Mission” as the lab’s weekly guest lecture this Thursday evening, July 10. And CFAES economist Elena Irwin will give a research brief before the main talk called “A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services.” Admission is free and open to the public. But you’ll need to ride a water taxi to get from Put-in-Bay to the lab and back ($3 each way). You also can watch online.

Yes, you can say he stands out in his field

Rattan_LalThe International Union of Soil Sciences has named CFAES’s Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, as its president-elect. The Vienna, Austria-based group has 16,000 members from around the world. Lal directs the school’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center and, among other things, recently served on the advisory committee of the National Climate Assessment. (Photo: CFAES Communications.)

First day on the job

image of new Ohio State President Michael DrakeWe bid a big welcome to Ohio State’s new president, Michael V. Drake, M.D., who started today. Details on his sustainability achievements at UC-Irvine in a previous post. (Photo: University Communications.)