Posts Tagged ‘sustainable business’

April 19: Who will be at the small business, climate change roundtable

The guests at tomorrow’s roundtable discussion on small business and climate change, which is from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus, will include Ohio Rep. Fred Strahorn; Michael Schadek, assistant director for intergovernmental affairs and economic development for the city of Columbus; and representatives from Ohio Rep. Anne Gonzales’s Columbus office, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Columbus office, Java Central Cafe and Roaster, car2go Columbus, the Land-Grant Brewing Company, Ohiyo Chocolate, Portia’s Café, Fusian, and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.

Nonpartisan group Defend Our Future is hosting the event. Details: Marguerite Dooley,

April 19: How climate change is affecting small businesses

The nonprofit, nonpartisan climate advocacy group Defend Our Future is hosting a roundtable discussion with Columbus-area small business owners and Columbus and Ohio elected officials on April 19 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.

A media advisory from the group said the discussion “will touch on the impact climate change is having on small businesses, their bottom lines and consumer preferences and how strong state and national environmental protections, such as those provided by the EPA, are important factors for a healthy and vibrant business community.”

Contact Marguerite Dooley,, for details.

If only there were some sort of agency for that

CFAES environmental economist Tim Haab: “Markets, left alone, often fail to address environmental issues, and that is not good for the economy or society.”

Survey: Slashing EPA won’t help economy

Results from a survey of members of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, the leading professional organization of economists studying environmental and resource issues, found that most don’t think reducing the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power will improve the U.S. economy. Read the story …

Startups have roots in CFAES

Tree of LifeThree faculty-led teams from Ohio State are creating startup companies based on research they’ve developed at the university. Two are from CFAES. And both have roots in improving sustainability. Read the press release.

Bioeconomy forum on Tuesday

CFAES’s research arm, OARDC in Wooster, is hosting the Midwest Bioeconomy Regional Stakeholder Forum tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s the fifth and final such forum in a national series. Media members are welcome to attend. Learn more.

Starting, sustaining business

Two high-tech companies based on research done at Ohio State have been named among 2016’s “Best University Startups.” Neurxstem Inc. and 3Bar Biologics Inc. are two of the 36 startup companies to be honored by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer.

3Bar Biologics has developed a unique delivery system for beneficial microbes that provides farmers a natural, biological way to increase their crop yields while potentially lowering costs and improving sustainability of the land. The company was co-founded by Brian McSpadden Gardener, who was a former professor in CFAES’s Department of Plant Pathology and former director of the college’s Organic Food and Farming Education and Research program. Read more.

Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab launches first project

Image of solar panelOhio State’s Sustainability Innovation Virtual Lab (SIVL) has launched its first project. The project links a business with a Buckeye student with a goal of solving a real-world sustainability business problem. Read More »

How green is your label?

Green Product Stamp and LabelTwo national experts on green labels and keeping them trustable are the featured speakers for September’s breakfast by the Environmental Professionals Network.

‘A chance to connect with people around the state’

OSU President DrakeOhio State President Michael V. Drake last week visited CFAES’s South Centers in Piketon and rolled up his sleeves working in a Vinton County community garden as part of his July-long tour of Ohio. Read about the food crisis in Vinton County, where the last grocery store closed in 2013, and about efforts to improve food security there and throughout Ohio in CFAES’s latest Continuum magazine (PDF; cover story, starts on p. 2). Check out photos of President Drake — and of Brutus Buckeye and CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron, among others — at the community garden by the Vinton County Courier’s Pam Johnson here. (Photo: University Communications.)