Sustainability... On Campus

Buckeyes get green gold

Image of girl holding trophyOhio State has achieved a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The rating places the university among the top tier of national and international colleges and universities, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Read the full story.

How was the Wooster green fair?

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Over 1,500 people came to last month’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, and over 300 vehicles visited the fair’s drive-through recycling station.
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Register for Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute

Registration is open for CFAES’s 2016 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The program is for environmental, natural resource and sustainability professionals and volunteers who lead or aspire to lead collaborative processes to achieve more sustainable organizations, businesses and communities.

This year’s program, says co-organizer Joe Bonnell of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, will focus on “sustainable infrastructure as a topic area, but, as always, the purpose of the program is to build capacity in Ohio to engage in constructive dialogue and build collaborative partnerships across sectors and disciplines to address complex environmental and natural resource issues.”

Get details and register here.

Toot our horn: Ohio State is No. 1 in Big Ten green power use

Image of Ohio State marching band 2The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Ohio State as an Individual Conference Champion in the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other Big Ten school. Read more …

Wooster Science Café is tonight : ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’

The next Wooster Science Café is tonight. CFAES scientist Fred Michel will present “Reducing Our Carbon Footprint.” It’s at 7 p.m. at Muddy’s Restaurant, 335 E. Liberty St., in Wooster. Admission is free. Michel works for CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, where he studies composting and bioenergy. He’s also president of the Wayne County Sustainable Energy Network. He spoke on the solar panels on his own home and car at last week’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair.

Brian Snyder joins InFACT leadership team

Image of Brian SnyderBrian Snyder, pictured, executive director of one of the leading sustainable agriculture organizations in the nation, will join the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at The Ohio State University as it pursues its mission to create sustainable and resilient food systems for Ohio and beyond. Read More »

Columbus mayor, GreenSpot awards to headline next EPN event

Image of girl holding new green plant_4Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will present the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards during an April 12 breakfast program hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network. The awards honor achievements in Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability program. Also featured at the event will be the projects by nine teams of students in the college’s Assessing Sustainability capstone course. The course is required of students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major. The teams developed the projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. EPN is a professional group coordinated by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the full story.

Green fair to host Renewable Energy Workshop

Image of sunshine and two sunflowers_3Fred Michel, a Wooster-based biosystems engineer with CFAES, has solar panels gleaming on his home and his car.

He’ll share his experiences with both setups in a Renewable Energy Workshop during the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in Wooster. Read More »

April 19: Recycle CFLs, more at green fair

Image of person holding recycling sign 3Don’t know what to do with your burned-out compact fluorescent light bulbs? Old car tires? Cans of unused paint? Take them to Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair. Read More »

April 19: See ‘everyday ways’ to help the Earth

Image of girl giving thumbs up to recycling 4Wooster’s 2016 Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a celebration of ways to be sustainable, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC. It’s free, part of Earth Week, and everyone’s welcome. Find out more. (Photo: Wavebreakmedia Ltd.)