Posts Tagged ‘environmental quality’

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.”

Some days are better than others

Events on the schedule“Some days it all adds up,” quoth a bard, who very well could have been singing about the at least 20 sustainability-related dates in CFAES’s latest calendar listings.

New partnerships for, and the benefits of, getting more people outside

picture of people kayakingOhio has great potential for outdoor recreation and the good that can come from it. So says CFAES’s David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. On Dec. 9, the network will host a program on tapping and growing that potential, and you’re invited to attend. Read more. (Photo: iStock.)

Sustainable pineapple, sustainable environment?

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What are we willing to give up to improve the environment? Michigan State University’s Robert Richardson looks at one example when he presents “Understanding Household Tradeoffs Regarding Pineapple Production and Environmental Management in Costa Rica” from 4-5:30 p.m. today, Nov. 14, in 103 Kottman Hall, 2021 Coffey Road, at Ohio State in Columbus and by video link to 123 Williams Hall, on the Wooster campus of CFAES’s research arm, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave. The findings of his study, he says, have implications for policy decisions that aim to reflect public attitudes.

Today: Role of race, income and segregation in air pollution exposure

smokestackCFAES’s Kerry Ard, an assistant professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, presents “Changes in Exposure to Industrial Air Pollution Across the U.S. from 1995-2004: The Role of Race, Income and Segregation” from 4-5:30 p.m. today on Ohio State’s Columbus campus (with a video link to OARDC’s Wooster campus) as part of the school’s autumn seminar series. Details.

New sprayer uses up to 73 percent less pesticide

intellegent sprayer -- OzkanCheck out yesterday’s story on the new “intelligent” pesticide sprayer co-developed by CFAES’s Erdal Ozkan. The sprayer is said to be able to cut pesticide use up to 73 percent (leading to big cost savings for growers) while reducing off-target contamination. Read a previous post about it here.

Watch: ‘Water is the next generation’s oil’

water quality videoA new YouTube video features CFAES’s water quality research (2:17) and a recent visit by USDA official Michael Scuse to our Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, which is an important home for these efforts. “Many of us have come to understand,” CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron said on that visit, “that water is the next generation’s oil.”

Teaching teachers how to teach about climate

Ohio State is giving a webinar tomorrow (7/11) on Great Lakes climate education. You still have time to sign up.

Why (and how) we care about our lawns, and whether they can be greener

lawnA recent CFAES survey looked at why Americans think their lawns are important and what they’re willing to do (and/or not do) about it. The researchers say the findings could suggest ways to increase the acceptance (and dare it be said, fashionability) of non-chemical, environmentally friendlier lawn care methods. (Quote: “Homeowners crave the acceptance of their neighbors.”)

The life of the (vacant) land

mary gardiner for GBCFAES scientist Mary Gardiner has received a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to study the best ways to manage vacant land for people, biodiversity, ecosystem services (such as soaking up stormwater), and tax-dollar effectiveness. Her work, which she’s doing in Cleveland, could have implications for greenspace design and city budgets, urban farming and insect pollinators, and simply how nice a neighborhood is to live in. Cleveland has about 32,000 acres of vacant land, and about 1,000 more old houses are torn down every year. Read the story.