January’s public program by the Environmental Professionals Network will look at humanity’s balancing act: Producing enough food and energy, improving economies and social conditions, and protecting the environment and biological diversity — all while faced with climate change and, by 2050, possibly 2 billion more people on the planet. Continue reading
A $1 billion statewide bond issue to fund new projects to protect Ohio’s water quality, proposed by the Healthy Water Ohio coalition, “deserves consideration,” said an editorial in yesterday’s Columbus Dispatch:
When cities have to spend billions — a projected $2.7 billion in projects for Columbus alone — to keep sewage from overflowing into water sources, Ohio has a problem.
The coalition’s steering committee includes representatives from conservation groups, business and industry, universities, water suppliers, and agriculture. Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s interim executive vice president and provost, leads the committee’s working group on research, education and outreach. McPheron was previously dean of CFAES.
Lew Blaustein of GreenSportsBlog wrote on “How Ohio State is tackling clean energy and zero waste” — including efforts by Ohio Stadium and by CFAES’s research arm, OARDC — yesterday in GreenBiz. Read the story.
CFAES’s Bee Lab hosts a workshop on Creating Pollinator Habitat from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Shisler Conference Center, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. The event features about a dozen experts from CFAES and elsewhere speaking on creating pollinator habitat in diverse ecosystems, including vacant urban land, roadsides, field edges, utility rights-of-way, pastures and gardens. Registration is $50 and includes handouts, morning refreshments and lunch. Learn more and register.
The 2016 Ohio Maple Days program is Jan. 21, 22 and 23 at three locations in central and northeast Ohio. Featured speakers include Gary Graham, head of CFAES’s Maple Syrup Program, and Cornell University maple specialist Steve Childs, whose expertise includes sustainable sugar bush management. (Photo: Josiane Farand, iStock.)