An eco-friendly replacement for plastic?

From an Ohio State story yesterday about a study done by scientists from CFAES:

“New research … has shown that combining natural rubber with bioplastic in a novel way results in a much stronger replacement for plastic, one that is already capturing the interest of companies looking to shrink their environmental footprints.”

Read the story.

Monday: Talk on innovative micro wind turbine

Robert Yost, president and CEO of American Wind Inc. and developer of the patented, basketball-sized MicroCube micro wind turbine, speaks and demonstrates the turbine at 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, April 8, on the CFAES Wooster campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more.

Watch a 2018 interview with American Wind’s Daniel Yost above.

How climate change is affecting the Great Lakes

In areas from rainfall to lake levels, fish to algal blooms, shipping to agriculture, drinking water quality to public health, “Climate change is causing significant and far-reaching impacts on the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes region.”

That’s according to the science-based Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakesreleased last week by the nonprofit Environmental Law & Policy Center, based in Chicago, and the nonprofit Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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Compost operator course coming soon

CFAES’ 2019 Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, planned for anyone involved with commercial and large-scale composting, is coming soon, set for March 27–28 on CFAES’ Wooster campus. Some of the many topics to be covered: principles, biology, testing, marketing, and site design and management.

Registration is $275 for the first participant from an organization or company; $225 for each additional participant from the same organization or company; and includes materials, continental breakfast, and lunch.

For a list of all the topics, location and other details, and a registration form, download the flyer for the course.

Pierzynski to be panelist on water quality

CFAES’ Gary Pierzynski will be a panelist for a policy session on “The Future of Lake Erie and the Quality of Our Water” at the Impact Ohio Toledo Regional Conference on March 14. Pierzynski serves as associate dean for research and graduate education.

The event, according to its website, will feature “key government officials, business leaders, and community members (discussing) issues important to the region.” Conference-goers “will hear first-hand from government leaders, political analysts, pundits, and policy experts on issues that affect their community.”

Tom Henry, environmental and energy writer for the Toledo Blade, will moderate the Lake Erie panel.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will give the event’s keynote address.

CFAES is one of the conference’s sponsors.

Find details and a link to register.

‘We grow food for the neighborhood’

“Urban agriculture and local food production are a growing phenomenon for several reasons, including to address food insecurity, as a means for an economic enterprise, for community building, and as job training for young people and others.”

That’s Mike Hogan, educator in the Franklin County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ statewide outreach arm, quoted in a recent article by Tracy Turner, a writer with CFAES, on our CFAES Stories website. (Hogan recently received the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s 2019 Service Award.)

Called “Urban Agriculture in Ohio,” the article looks at how OSU Extension is helping farmers in Cleveland and Columbus.

“Our mission is simple,” one of the growers said in the article. “We grow food for the neighborhood.”

Check it out. (Photo: Getty Images.)

Good timing, what with spring on its way

Learn about managing your woods, along with the legalities of it, in Your Woodland Management Options and Legal Responsibilities, an upcoming workshop offered by CFAES’ Ohio Woodland Stewards Program. It’s from 6–8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Bucyrus.

The goal, the workshop’s website says, is “to help woodland owners become better managers of this important asset.”

Speaking will be Kathy Smith, forestry program director in CFAES’ School of Environment and Natural Resources, and Evin Bachelor, J.D., law fellow with the Farm Office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ statewide outreach arm.

Registration is $15 and is due by Feb. 25. Learn more and register online. (Photo: Getty Images.)