Posts Tagged ‘social responsibility’

Thursday’s ‘Time for Change’ events

On Thursday, as part of Ohio State’s Time for Change Week: The single-use plastic bottle exchange — trade 10 for a free reusable one — continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Turning Green co-founder and former candidate for Congress (at age 25) Erin Schrode speaks on the importance of civic activism from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wexner Center for the Arts. An environmental poetry session goes from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Kafe Kerouac coffeehouse and bar on North High Street adjacent to campus.

REI’s sustainability chief to speak at Ohio State

Combine your work and passions and you can climb mountains. Including real ones.

That’s the message of a presentation being given by Vik Sahney, vice president for sustainability for Seattle-based REI, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Sahney, who at age 38 has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, will present “From Summits to Sustainability: Reaching for High Places, Personally and Professionally” at 7 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union in Columbus. Read More »

‘A Race Against Time’ to grow the world’s solar

Race Against Time stillNext in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series is “A Race Against Time,” which looks at global solar energy development. David Letterman, retired host of “The Late Show,” explores how India is using solar to expand its electrical service, power its economy, and bring electricity to 300 million people who’ve never had it before. In Florida, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong gets the inside story on what’s been blocking solar’s growth in America. The film is an episode in the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. It screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Columbus. Free admission. Location and other details here.

Building a ‘just and sustainable’ food system for Ohio: OEFFA conference preview

Adult hands holding kid hands with red apple on topYou can help build the Ohio Food Policy Network at this week’s annual conference of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The network is a “group of food policy stakeholders committed to the development of a just and sustainable food system,” according to the conference program. They’re “engaging concerned citizens across the state to map a vision for the future” — and a session at the conference will do just that. Two of the facilitators are from Ohio State“Ohio Food Policy Network: Mapping the Vision for Ohio’s Food System,” Session V, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11. Complete conference schedule.

Watch: ‘A new set of rules to play by’

Ted Turner, born in Ohio, shares his thoughts on ways to help people and the planet in the video above. He’s the subject of a talk at Ohio State on Oct. 25. Speaking will be Todd Wilkinson, author of Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Wilkinson will speak, too, the evening before, together with photographer Thomas Mangelsen, about an equally large personality, Grizzly 399. Tickets to both events are free, but space is limited. Read more and find a link to get tickets here.

Earthkeeping Summit is Saturday

Columbus-based Ohio Interfaith Power & Light, CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which is in Delaware near Columbus, are teaming up to co-sponsor the 2016 Earthkeeping Summit, which is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 24, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s a chance, the event publicity says, “to discover how we can work together, with hope, for climate and social justice.” Learn more and register here.

Helping Ohio school kids not go hungry and be healthy

Fighting hunger, improving healthOSU Extension’s nutrition program for children and teens, which helps fight hunger and improve health, has ramped up nearly ten-fold in the past three years. Still, there’s even more work to be done. Read the story. As CFAES’s statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension makes the college’s expertise available to everyone living in Ohio. (Photo: SNAP-Ed program, Richland County, Ohio.)

Ohio State signs climate action pledge

Ohio State is one of six schools in Ohio and one of more than 200 in the U.S. to sign the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge. Signing the pledge demonstrates the schools’ support for strong climate action by world leaders at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris, according to a White House press release.

“The institutions signing (the) pledge,” the press release said, “are also already taking significant action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase campus sustainability and resilience, and incorporate environmental action into academic curriculum.”

Ohio’s other signers are Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Denison University, Kent State University and Oberlin College.

‘Revolt, Rebuild, Renew’: Environmental Film Series ends tonight

Years of Living DangerouslyOhio State’s Environmental Film Series ends tonight with “Revolt, Rebuild, Renew.” It’s an episode from the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Jessica Alba, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas L. Friedman are the film’s correspondents. Gökçe Esenduran, who studies green operations in Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business, will lead the discussion afterward. Find out more. (Image: Showtime.)

‘True Colors’: Environmental Film Series continues tonight

Ohio State’s Environmental Film Series continues tonight with the “True Colors” episode of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actress Olivia Munn (profiling climate-conscious Washington state Governor Jay Inslee) and New York Times columnist Mark Bittman (on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s views about manmade climate change and coastal rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy) are the on-screen correspondents. Kate Bartter, director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment, and Craig Butler, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, will lead the post-screening discussion. Learn more.