They’re showing the hows and whys of fighting food waste

Food waste rotting in landfills emits methane, a greenhouse gas that makes climate change worse.

But an award-winning group of CFAES students is doing its part to fight the problem, starting at home on the Ohio State campus.

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CFAES sustainability news, May 12, 2021

New York Times, May 5; featuring Marne Titchenell, School of Environment and Natural Resources

Toledo Blade (subscription required), May 2; Ohio State and CFAES research mentioned

Akron Beacon Journal, April 11; featuring Jeff Reutter, special advisor, Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab

5 things to know about CFAES’ new sustainable agriculture major

At CFAES, our mission is: We sustain life. Soon, our students will gain a new path for learning to do just that.

CFAES’ four-year degree program in sustainable agriculture—centered on a balance of food production, environmental quality, economic viability, and social responsibility—will start fall semester 2021. Here are five things to know about it …

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How to build resilient communities

“The need to incorporate the community in my research and teaching is representative of my experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer. I learned how to sit and listen, how to ask questions, and saw how interventions that don’t incorporate their voices will fail.”

Those are the words of Mary Rodriguez as she describes some of her work as an assistant professor in the CFAES Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.

Rodriguez—whose research centers on women and community development, building resilient communities, developing community food security, and community leadership—recently was featured in the Engaged Scholars series by Ohio State’s Office of Outreach and Engagement.

Read the full feature. (Photo: Rodriguez, left, working in Tanzania before the pandemic.)

Woodlot warriors: Your trees as fighters of climate change

Can the trees in your woods help battle climate change? Find out in a webinar by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, part of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, May 7. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Included in the Q&A discussion, among others, will be CFAES professor Brent Sohngen, whose research on trees as climate solutions was featured in a recent post.

Learn more about the webinar and register.

REALLY tiny bubbles could help fight algal blooms

New technology using something called nanobubbles—tiny gas bubbles that are several thousand times smaller than a grain of sand—could help fight Ohio’s harmful algal blooms. Testing, with CFAES as a partner, is about to begin.

“This could be a game-changer for small lakes and reservoirs,” said Heather Raymond, director of the CFAES Water Quality Initiative.

Read the story. (Photo: Getty Images.)