Sustainability... On Campus

Recycle your plastic flower pots Saturday

Empty plastic flower pots 3This Saturday, June 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, you can recycle your plastic flower pots and trays at CFAES’s Chadwick Arboretum in Columbus. They’ll take nonfood-grade plastic foam packing material, too, such as Styrofoam. It’s another way to reduce what’s filling up (and being interred forever in) our landfills. Details.

New climate change fact sheet

CFAES’s outreach arm, OSU Extension, has published a new climate change fact sheet.

“(It) addresses many aspects of the topic that often confuse members of the public,” author Tom Blaine of Extension’s Community Development program wrote in an email. “Questions like the following are answered: Hasn’t Earth’s climate always changed? Hasn’t it been much warmer on Earth in the past? Could humans really be affecting Earth’s climate? What is the outlook for the future? The fact sheet is replete with graphs and a summary of Earth’s climate history over the past 600 million years, including discussions of the ice ages and their causes.”

Check it out …

How to protect Ohio’s water

Picture of clean drinking water 2Three leading Ohio State experts, including CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, will talk about the battle for Lake Erie, and for all of Ohio’s water sources, at June 3’s Columbus Metropolitan Club Luncheon. It’s open to both club members and the public.

Benefits of recycling? There’s an app for that

recycling benefitsAn Ohio State student team has developed a new app called RecycleNow to help cities and other local governments quantify the social, economic and environmental benefits of recycling programs, according to a story by the Big Ten Network’s Matthew Wood. Neil Drobny, director of CFAES’s Environment, Economic, Development, and Sustainability major and coordinator of Ohio State’s Energy and Sustainability Cluster, helped the project get rolling. “The ultimate goal,” he said in the story, “(is) to get cities to recycle more.”

This is not a rock concert, it’s a bleeding splish splash show

The June 11 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network (see our previous post) takes place at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Nature Center near Columbus. The center houses, among other things, a totally cool 53-foot indoor living stream. In the video above, watch some of the stream’s residents have a nosh themselves. Turtle cameo in 3 … 2 …

Here be madtoms; or, how to dig this stream scene

EPN program on Big Darby Creek for GBCentral Ohio’s Big Darby Creek, shown here, which is a National Scenic River and is a home, for example, of the endangered Scioto madtom, is the focus and setting of the June 11 breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network. (Photo: Analogue Kid licensed under CCA 2.5 via Wikimedia.)

‘A champion of Lake Erie’

Laura Arenschield of the Columbus Dispatch profiles Ohio Sea Grant’s recently retired director, Jeff Reutter.

Energy education: Time to ‘embrace conflict,’ mobilize, keep eye on future

Energy education needed“Issues related to energy development are often emotionally charged, with the potential for conflict.” So writes CFAES’s Eric Romich in “The Role of Extension in Energy Education,” published this month in the Journal of Extension. Romich is an OSU Extension energy development specialist. “Looking forward to the next 100 years,” he continues, “it is time for Extension to adapt and mobilize research and educational programming to address critical energy issues facing our nation.” Read the article. (Photo: Creatas.)

April 22: Ecosystem stewardship and rapid climate change

Managing forests for climate changeThe Climate Explorations series continues on Wednesday, April 22, with “Ecosystem Stewardship in an Era of Rapid Climate Change.” The subject: Science-based ways to help forests and other ecosystems adapt to climate change. Ohio State plant ecologist Peter Curtis is the speaker. Free at 7 p.m. in the Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St. in Columbus. The program will also be streamed online; to watch, register here.

Food security needs water security

CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron spoke April 16 at OARDC’s 2015 annual research conference, whose theme was “Water Quality: Sustaining a Vital Resource.” You can watch his talk, called “CFAES’s Role in Solving Today’s Challenges for a Better Tomorrow,” above. His comments on water quality come near the end, around 22:10. “When we talk about food security,” he said, “we have to have water security first or there is no food.” OARDC is CFAES’s research arm.