CFAES’s Elena Irwin presents “What’s the Bottom Line? Incentives for Getting Businesses to Work for Water Sustainability” at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, as part of a daylong stop at Ohio State by the humanitarian Water for the Americas tour. The six-month van tour is traveling 15,000 miles from Boston to Rio de Janeiro to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Irwin’s talk is one of six free TEDx-style presentations on water sustainability scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Great Hall Meeting Room #1 in Ohio State’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St., Columbus. Related post.
Sustainability... On Campus
Ohio State University last week named Michael V. Drake, M.D., chancellor of the University of California at Irvine, as its 15th president. Sustainability-wise, his bio notes an intriguing bit: that under his leadership, UC-Irvine’s “built environment has received nationwide acclaim for its environmental sustainability and is among the nation’s leaders with 11 buildings that have earned LEED Platinum status, the highest possible ranking.” (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.) He takes the helm June 30. Welcome! (Photo: University Communications.)
The Feb. 11 breakfast program of the Environmental Professionals Network dives into water sustainability issues — specifically, the new Blueprint Columbus: Clean Streams, Strong Neighborhoods initiative and a stop by the ongoing Boston to Rio de Janeiro Water for the Americas tour. Sign up by Feb. 9.
Due to the threat of snow and bad roads, Wednesday’s (Feb. 5) Ohio Farmland Preservation Summit has been cancelled.
Organizers say they plan to reschedule the event but haven’t yet set a new date. Update: Participants will be getting a refund of their registration fee; whether the event will be rescheduled or not is up in the air.
The first truckload of structural steel for OARDC’s new Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Building arrives this morning in Wooster. When finished, the building will house research on biofuel, bioproducts, bioenergy and more. It replaces a building damaged beyond repair by 2010′s Wooster tornado. OARDC is CFAES’s research arm. (Photo: K.D. Chamberlain.)
Today’s talk in the spring seminar series of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources looks at a new partnership for wildlife conservation involving the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, The Wilds, and Ohio State. Speaking is Barbara Wolfe, associate professor in Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The program starts at 4 p.m. Details.
Michele Colopy of the Pollinator Stewardship Council presents “Pollinator Advocacy: Communicating Among the Stakeholders” from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, in 121 Fisher Auditorium on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave. There’s also a live video link to 244 Kottman Hall on Ohio State’s Columbus campus, 2021 Fyffe Road. Free. She speaks as part of the seminar series of CFAES’s Department of Entomology. Email contact for details.