Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair is Thursday

The Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a festival celebrating sustainability and green living, will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public.

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They’re helping restore a wetland on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus (and you can, too)

Six senior students in CFAES’s Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering, sponsored by the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), and with further support from a Coca-Cola Sustainability Grant — are helping restore a wetland in Ohio State’s Carmack Woods. It’s another good read on our new CFAES Stories website.

You can help plant trees there on Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day. Find out more.

Sunshine on the water

Click the link in the tweet below to read about the working solar energy system at CFAES’s Stone Lab. (The system? Cool. The water it heats? Hot.) The lab is on Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor in western Lake Erie.

Of note, now’s the time to apply for introductory college courses, upper-level college courses, noncredit workshops and professional development classes for educators there this summer.

Watch Rattan Lal’s interview on Indian TV: ‘Soil should never, ever be taken for granted’

While in India recently, CFAES scientist Rattan Lal sat for a fascinating interview with Rajya Sabha TV. Watch it above, and get a good idea of the deep, foundational importance of soil — to farming, climate change, biodiversity, water quality, human health and more — and a good idea, too, of the mind and passion of one of our college’s most esteemed thinkers.

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See how ‘Green Is for Life!’

CFAES’s Wooster campus is holding its eighth Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday, April 26. It’s an event aimed at learning new things, enhancing the Earth and having fun. Demonstrations, exhibits, recycling and food trucks will center on a theme of “Green Is for Life!” So will a Renewable Energy Workshop. New this year will be a green car cruise-in.

Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the campus’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave.

Follow the fair on Facebook. (Photo: iStock.)

Watch: It ‘opened me up to the world of research’

What did Stone Lab’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Scholarship Program mean to CFAES student Madeline Lambrix, a participant in the program last summer? She talks about it in the video above. To donate to the endowment-funded program, scroll down to “Research and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Funds” on the lab’s giving website.

EPN’s big event, ‘Sustainability Through Reinvention,’ to feature speakers from Patagonia, Owens Corning, Jeni’s

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), a nearly 2,000-member professional group organized by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), has announced its 2018 Signature Event.

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March 26: ‘Spaceship in the Desert’; or, how oil-rich Abu Dhabi built the world’s first ‘zero-carbon’ city

Gökçe Günel of the University of Arizona presents “Spaceship in the Desert: Energy, Climate Change and Urban Design in Abu Dhabi” at 4 p.m. March 26 in Room 1080, Derby Hall, on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Admission is free and open to the public. Ohio State’s Cultures of the Anthropecene working group, part of the Humanities Institute, is the event’s host.

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These CFAES courses are on fire (sign up!)

Hey, Ohio State students: The courses described in this story are taught during Autumn Semester. Course enrollment for Autumn Semester 2018 begins at the end of March and runs through mid- to late April. So sign up soon if you’re interested!

Students at The Ohio State University have a unique opportunity to take a two-course sequence that culminates with a real prescribed burn and certification.

The courses, offered by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), teach about fire ecology, fire’s role in ecosystems, and managing controlled and wild fires. In the end, students prepare for and conduct a prescribed burn. Continue reading