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.

Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Lab offer new free curriculum on solar energy

A new set of lessons from Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab introduces students in grades 7-12 to the basics of solar energy via hands-on activities. The free curriculum is available to download and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Ohio’s Model Science Curriculum.

Stone Lab is Ohio State’s island campus on Lake Erie. The Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program is part of the national NOAA Sea Grant network.

See what Stone Lab’s solar energy system is producing today. (Photo: Stone Lab’s 2016 solar workshop by Erin Monaco via Ohio Sea Grant.)

May 16 at Ohio State: 2 ways to turn your home greener

May’s monthly breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network will feature Erik Daugherty, founder of the Nashville, Tennessee-based home-performance company E3 Innovate. He’ll present “Technologies and Strategies for Home Energy Efficiencies: Satisfied Homeowners, Sustainable Planet” from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. this coming Tuesday, May 16.

Right after, Ohio State will hold its second-ever Green Home Workshop in the same location.

Register for both events by Monday, May 15 (scroll down).

EPN is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

How to cut your home energy bill

CFAES and its partners are holding their second Green Home Workshop on May 16 in Columbus. The deadline to sign up is Monday, May 15.

Included will be tours of Ohio State’s student-designed and -built enCORE solar home, shown here, which is just a short walk from the workshop site. (Photo: Office of Energy and Environment, Ohio State.)

‘A Race Against Time’ to grow the world’s solar

Race Against Time stillNext in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series is “A Race Against Time,” which looks at global solar energy development. David Letterman, retired host of “The Late Show,” explores how India is using solar to expand its electrical service, power its economy, and bring electricity to 300 million people who’ve never had it before. In Florida, “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong gets the inside story on what’s been blocking solar’s growth in America. The film is an episode in the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. It screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Columbus. Free admission. Location and other details here.

Climate change consequences, solutions

Ris Twigg reported on Jan. 11’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program, which looked at climate change, energy conservation and renewable energy, in Ohio State’s student newspaper, The Lantern.

The network is a public service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.