Sustainability... On Campus

Stone Lab summer scholarships still available

Hey, teachers (and other students, too): Stone Lab, Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie, still has scholarships available if you’re interested in taking a class there this summer. Read the story …

3 ways to celebrate Ag Day today

Ag Day graphicToday, March 15, is National Agriculture Day. See how CFAES is celebrating — by working to provide clean water, health and food security — here, here and here (and also on our Facebook page).

NASA says February 2016 was warmest February ever

“February Smashes Earth’s All-Time Global Heat Record by a Jaw-Dropping Margin” says the headline of a post on yesterday’s WunderBlog, a WeatherUnderground blog. The post is based on an analysis that NASA released on Saturday. Read the post here. There’s coverage today, too, by The Weather Channel, The Telegraph (UK) and The Guardian (UK).

Got a question? Get the (expert-vetted) (sheets of) facts

Imnage of woman at computerOSU Extension has revamped its free online information resource. The website, which is called Ohioline, lets you read and download hundreds of detail-packed, science-backed, expert-reviewed fact sheets on farming, gardening, food and more, including sustainability. (Try “Gray Water Recycling in Ohio,” for one.) Recent improvements include enhanced search functionality, being responsive to mobile devices, and easier-than-ever printing or saving as PDF files. Browse the virtual shelves starting here. (Photo: joegolby, iStock.)

You rock. Greenly. Let people know it

Photo of happy girl recyclingGot a green biz? Here’s a way to show your “support of a more sustainable society.” Note: Act by Monday. (Photo: Wavebreak Media.)

Feb. 29 deadline for Wooster green fair exhibitors, sponsors

Photo of child holding globe 2You can boost your business’s green cred — and reach several thousand environmentally conscious customers in the process — by being a sponsor or exhibitor at this year’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in northeast Ohio. But make plans soon. The deadline to apply is this coming Monday, Feb. 29, and only a limited number of exhibitor spaces are left. The event, which is a free public festival celebrating sustainability, is April 19 at CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster. Read more…

‘Nature as a necessity’

Laura Arenschield reports on M. Sanjayan’s talk at Ohio State last night in today’s Columbus Dispatch. She quotes, among others, CFAES student Emma Grace Matcham: “Dr. Sanjayan calls on each of us to see nature not as a luxury, but as a necessity.” Matcham is a forestry, fisheries and wildlife major in CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Details about that major are here.

‘People need nature to survive’

Photo of M. Sanjayan and camels by Ami VitaleReporter Laura Arenschield looks at M. Sanjayan’s upcoming talk at Ohio State in a story in today’s Columbus Dispatch. In it, she quotes CFAES lecturer David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network, which is hosting the talk on Thursday. There’s a previous related post here. (Photo: M. Sanjayan by Ami Vitale.)

Feb. 11: Sanjayan available to talk to media

Photo of M Sanjayan and panda 3M. Sanjayan, executive vice president and senior scientist with Conservation International, will give a free public talk, “Earth and People: Lessons in Living Together,” to more than 1,500 people — including students, faculty and staff from The Ohio State University and members of the surrounding community — at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Ohio Union on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Reporters are welcome to attend.

Sanjayan will be available for media interviews starting at 4:15 p.m. Contact Molly Bean at 614-688-8798 or bean.21@osu.edu to make arrangements. Read More »

Urban green space expert at conference

Photo of High Line Park in New York 2Tom Smarr, horticulture director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork, a new urban park in Louisville, Kentucky, keynotes the Tri-State Green Industry Conference Feb. 4 in Cincinnati.

“(The conference) is for representatives of all sectors of the green industry,” said Julie Crook, horticulture program coordinator in OSU Extension’s Hamilton County office and chair of the event’s planning committee.

Smarr previously was horticulture director for New York City’s innovative High Line Park, shown here, which was built on an old elevated train track.

OSU Extension is CFAES’s outreach arm; CFAES is a conference co-sponsor. (Photo by Steven Severinghaus from Friends of the High Line licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.)