MORPC sustainability summit is Tuesday

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) 2017 Summit on Sustainability — theme: “Communities Taking Charge” — is Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Columbus. The event, according to its website, is MORPC’s “signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions.” Get more details and register.

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author to speak at Ohio State

J.D. Vance, Middletown native, Ohio State alumnus and best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy, will propose a hands-on approach to problems facing his home state — opioid addiction, under-preparedness of the workforce and domestic instability — when he presents “Beyond Hillbilly Elegy: Recovery, Rebirth, Renewal” on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. on the university’s Columbus campus. Admission is free but you need to register in advance. Get details and find a link to register.

See stunning aerial photos of Lake Erie algal blooms

NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory has posted some stunning aerial photos, taken Sept. 20, of a harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie. You can see more, too, from Sept. 14 (the fifth one down, among many, may smack your gob) and Aug. 14.

Conference to feature ‘State of the Science’ in battling Lake Erie’s algal blooms

The 2017 Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science Conference is Sept. 14 in Toledo. The event, which is open to the public, features 15 presentations on the latest research on algal blooms in Lake Erie and other waters, their causes, and how to prevent them. The speakers will be from CFAES, Ohio Sea Grant, USDA, National Weather Service and Bowling Green State University, among others. Experts Chris Winslow, Jay Martin, Greg LaBarge and Kevin King, all with ties to CFAES, are co-hosting the event.

Registration is $30, or $10 for students. Register to attend.

3 ways to follow the Gwynne on social media

Want to keep up with CFAES’s Gwynne Conservation Area? Follow it on Instagram at gwynneconservation, on Twitter at @GwynneConserv and on Facebook. Also, you can send emails to

The 67-acre site, part of CFAES’s Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, features conservation practices all year round, and during Farm Science Review, Sept. 19-21, will offer more than 50 free public conservation-related talks, displays and demonstrations. (Photo: Gwynne Conservation Area, 2016 Farm Science Review, via Flickr.)

Environmental leaders, here’s how to take your skills higher

Registration is open for CFAES’s 2017 Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute. The program, its website says, “provides environmental and natural resources professionals with the skills needed to better address the many complex environmental issues facing our state.” Get details (including speakers, topics and dates). Register by Sept. 22.