Sustainability... On Campus

Bee there for April 4 panel discussion

CFAES bee researcher Reed Johnson, pictured, will join a panel discussion on pollinators — their value to people and ecosystems, how pesticides are affecting them, and more — from 7-9 p.m. April 4 in University Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free admission, and free food (Chipotle) while it lasts.

It’s one in a series of sustainability-related events planned for Ohio State’s Time for Change Week, April 3-9. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain, CFAES.)

We are the green squad and we’re coming to town

There’s more on Monday, April 3, during Ohio State’s Time for Change Week: The university’s Undergraduate Student Government and Environmental Professionals Network are co-sponsoring a Sustainability Fashion Showcase from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Burgee Room in the Nosker House dorm. “Student models will model sustainable/organic/vegan clothing from REI, L Brands, LA Relaxed and more to illustrate how to have a more environmentally friendly wardrobe that is also fashionable and won’t break the bank,” the event description says. The event will also help promote the EPN-hosted signature presentation by Vik Sahney, REI’s vice president for sustainability, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Grow your green consciousness

Also on April 3, outside Ohio State’s Sustainability Fair, check out the Conscious College Road Tour. Sponsored by California-based Turning Green, it’s an “interactive tabling display on conscious living,” says a page on Ohio State’s Time for Change Week website. Both the tour and fair are part of the week, which is April 3-9.

The display, the page says, will have “eight unique tables, each focusing on a different sustainability theme, with educational resources for students to learn from and eco-products to sample.” As students visit each table, “they will acquire a newfound knowledge on key sustainability topics and the tools necessary to start their transition towards being a more conscious consumer.”

April 3 Sustainability Fair kicks off Time for Change Week

Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government is hosting its third annual Sustainability Fair on Monday, April 3. It’s from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Room in the university’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. in Columbus. Get info from and about some 40-plus environmental groups, see animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, enjoy free food, and more. Details here and here. It’s the first in a series of events planned for Ohio State’s Time for Change Week, April 3-9.

REI’s sustainability chief to speak at Ohio State

Combine your work and passions and you can climb mountains. Including real ones.

That’s the message of a presentation being given by Vik Sahney, vice president for sustainability for Seattle-based REI, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Sahney, who at age 38 has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, will present “From Summits to Sustainability: Reaching for High Places, Personally and Professionally” at 7 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union in Columbus. Read More »

Watch: ‘On Wednesday, we’re going to Kelleys Island to look for salamanders, and that should be a lot of fun’

“Every day, we’re out in the field, we’re collecting data, we’re studying animals,” says 2015 Stone Lab summer student Jeffry Hayes in the video above. The lab, which is at Put-in-Bay in western Lake Erie, is a “great place to do all that,” he says. “There have been a lot of experiences here that I can put on a resume.” Are you a student in college or high school? An educator? Registration is open now for Stone Lab’s summer courses …

Environmental Film Series ends with ‘Uprising’

Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series wraps up at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, with the coal-, energy- and climate change-focused “Uprising,” part of the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. Correspondents America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver will explore the U.S. dependence on coal-burning power plants and China’s impact on the global environment. Free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages at 6:45 p.m. Watch clips here (Ferrera) and here (Weaver). Location and other details here. (Image: National Geographic Channel.)

Watch: Great Backyard Bird Count in Olentangy wetlands

Graduate student Andrew Hoffman shows you Day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count in CFAES’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park in the video above.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national citizen science project done once a year in mid-February. Its goal is collecting data on bird populations, habitats and any changes in them, such as those being caused by climate change.

Hoffman is a fisheries and wildlife science PhD student in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

Sustainability Career Expo is Thursday

Hey, sustainability-related CFAES students and sustainability-related companies and agencies interested in hiring CFAES students: Our college’s annual Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 16.

Admission is free and open to all current Ohio State students. Bring your BuckID. Employers, you can register to attend through the Hireabuckeye website.

Of note: This year, for the first time, we’re holding all three of our career expos — the Environmental and Sustainability Career Expo plus the Food and Agricultural Sciences Career Expo and the Construction Career Expo — at the same time. You can get further details on all three here. Also: Get tips for success.

Buckeyes’ roots in the forest

Ohio State and Ohio’s forests share deep roots. See them in a new exhibit in the university’s main library. (Also watch chapters two and three.)