Ohio State hosts “Situating Food: Planning and Design for New Urban Food Systems” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8-9, in Knowlton Hall in Columbus. The symposium “will identify models and foster innovation along with criticism of issues that impact food security, food justice, production, access and cultural awareness, especially as they influence trends in urban revitalization.” One of the sponsors is CFAES. CFAES’s Yael Vodovotz speaks Saturday on functional foods. (Photo: USDA.)
The University of Michigan’s Jennifer Blesh presents “Agroecosystems Management and Nitrogen Balance on Grain Farms in the Midwest” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. tomorrow on Ohio State’s Columbus campus and by video link to CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, in Wooster. She’ll look at farming practices that can reduce nitrogen runoff in the Mississippi River watershed. As it is, that runoff ends up in the Gulf of Mexico, where it causes the gulf’s “dead zone.” Details.
“Natural resource management agencies around the world are increasingly collaborating with local communities,” says the flier for the next seminar sponsored by CFAES’s School of Environment of Natural Resources. SENR’s Divya Gupta, a doctoral candidate, looks at two such cases in “Collaboration and Enforcement Mechanisms: Community-based Natural Resource Management in Ohio and the Indian Himalayas.” 4-5:30 p.m. today. Details.
Got questions about running your car or truck on compressed natural gas (CNG)? Come to the Renewable Energy Workshop Nov. 19 at the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, to learn more about this alternative fuel. Speakers will discuss safety, mileage, conversion and new vehicle options. Find out how the current shale gas play can help foster increased CNG from renewable sources. Download the workshop agenda and registration form (pdf).
The present and future of America’s infrastructure — its dams, roads, bridges, etc. — are the focus of a Nov. 20 public luncheon co-hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network and the Columbus Metropolitan Club. Download the flier (pdf) to learn more. EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Membership in the network is free and open to anyone who works in an environmental field. (Photo: Columbus’s (relatively new) Lane Avenue Bridge by University Communications.)
Michael Hamm, Michigan State’s C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture, presents “Why Are Regional Food Systems Important to a More Sustainable Future?” from 10-11 a.m. Nov. 8 in
206 Thorne Hall 130 Research Services Building on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., and by video link to 333C Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Free and open to the public. Presented by OARDC’s Agroecosystems Management Program. Details: email@example.com. (Photo: Michigan State.)
Grass carp, one of four Asian carp species threatening to invade the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie, may have done just that. Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey this week announced that four adult grass carp taken from the Sandusky River had been born in the river, which means the species is breeding there. The river flows into Lake Erie at Sandusky Bay. Scientists fear that an invasion of grass carp, silver carp, black carp and/or bigmouth carp may wipe out the lake’s native plants and fish. See stories by NPR, the New York Times and USA Today. (Photo: Grass carp by Eric Engbretson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bugwood.org.)