What goes in must come out: How to save water and money in the process

“Property owners who want to save money, water and energy now have many new options available in the state, thanks to the new Household Sewage Treatment System rules,” writes CFAES scientist Karen Mancl in Ohio’s Country Journal. Read about those options …Picture of toilet

‘I believe in the fundamental goodness of milk’

Learn more about Snowville Creamery, the June 6 stop in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, in the video above.

Snowville Creamery: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

June 6 calendar dateNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series: Snowville Creamery Open House, June 6, in Pomeroy in southeast Ohio. Snowville’s slogan? “Milk the Way It Used to Be.” Click here and scroll to p. 18 to find out more. Check out Snowville’s website here.

Touring with fish

fish open house for GBThe next First Friday Aquaculture Tour is 10 a.m. to noon today, June 5, at CFAES’s OSU South Centers in Piketon. (Photo: Young rainbow trout by Stephen Ausmus, USDA-ARS.)

See what’s brewing

hops for GBCFAES holds its next First Friday Hops Tour tomorrow, June 5, near Wooster. (Photo: iStock.)

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.

Pastured poultry, naked oats: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

June 3 calendar dateFirst up in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series: Pastured Poultry Research Tour, June 3, at Muddy Fork Farm in Wooster in northeast Ohio. The topic: How to incorporate (1) pasture-raised chickens in movable shelters and (2) a grain called naked oats into an organic rotation. It’s a joint study with CFAES with USDA funding. For details, click here and scroll to p. 7.

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.”