Cool rides

Seen just now at the green car cruise-in at the Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair at CFAES Wooster: a red Chevy Bolt (electric, 238-mile range), a red Chevy Volt (extended range electric), a sharp white futuristic first-generation Nissan Leaf (electric), a cool space-pod-looking Mitsubishi i-MiEV (electric; range, about 60 miles), a red Ford C-MAX (gas-electric hybrid), CFAES scientist Fred Michel’s green Ford Escape hybrid with custom after-market roof-mounted solar panel, and a sleek dark-blue Tesla Model S 100D (electric, 351-mile range).

The fair and cruise-in go until 4 p.m. today. At 1 p.m., the parking lot, next to CFAES Wooster’s Fisher Auditorium, was filling fast but still had plenty of spaces. The food trucks smelled fantastic.

Green cars will cruise in on Thursday

CFAES Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday will have, among other things, a green car cruise-in. You can check out a range of alternative-fuel cars and trucks — biogas, biodiesel, ethanol, electricity and hybrid systems — and talk to their owners, too. Among them should be a Tesla. (Photo: iStock.)

June 17: Renewable Energy Farm Tour

The 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues June 17 with the Renewable Energy Farm Tour at Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center in Athens in southeast Ohio. The farm has hybrid, battery backup, microgrid solar and off-grid systems. Admission is free and open to the public, but you have to preregister. Get details in the tour’s calendar listing or on pages 7-8 in the series brochure.

The farm is also offering two paid workshops and a dinner that weekend. Details are at the same links.

Solar electric workshop: Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Picture of barn with solar panelsNext in the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series: A five-day solar electric workshop at OEFFA’s office in the Ohio Lumbermen’s Building, 41 Croswell Road, Columbus. The focus: In-depth, hands-on lectures and labs on designing and installing a photovoltaic system for your home or farm. “At the end of the week,” the tour blurb says, “you will have the opportunity to sit for an internationally recognized certification Level 1 examination offered by the Electronic Technicians Association, which allows you to receive a respected industry credential demonstrating your knowledge.” There’s a sizable (but should be worth it) cost for this one. For details, click here, scroll to p. 19.

Energy education: Time to ‘embrace conflict,’ mobilize, keep eye on future

Energy education needed“Issues related to energy development are often emotionally charged, with the potential for conflict.” So writes CFAES’s Eric Romich in “The Role of Extension in Energy Education,” published this month in the Journal of Extension. Romich is an OSU Extension energy development specialist. “Looking forward to the next 100 years,” he continues, “it is time for Extension to adapt and mobilize research and educational programming to address critical energy issues facing our nation.” Read the article. (Photo: Creatas.)