CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 19, 2021

COVID-19 and deer: Do you actually need to worry about COVID-19 spreading in deer? 

Self, Nov. 15, 2021; featuring Linda Saif, Distinguished University Professor, Center for Food Animal Health

A few more thoughts on soil fertility … 

Ohio’s Country Journal, Nov. 15, 2021, featuring Greg LaBarge, OSU Extension agronomy field specialist

Groundbreaking ceremony held for Energy Advancement and Innovation Center

Ohio State News, Nov. 12; CFAES researchers will be among those involved there

CFAES sustainability news, Nov. 12, 2021

Toledo Blade, Nov. 1; featuring research led by Jay Martin, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

The Lantern, Oct. 29

‘Energy prices would be even higher without them’

Don’t blame renewable energy for rising energy costs, as some media pundits have been trying to do, wrote CFAES’ Brent Sohngen in a recent column in the Columbus Dispatch. 

“Actually,” Sohngen wrote, “the only effect that renewables can have on energy markets is to lower electricity prices, which in turn will cause natural gas and coal prices to fall.”

Sohngen is a professor of environmental and resource economics in the CFAES Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.

Read Sohngen’s column.

I feel the need … the need for stinkweed

A common farm weed called field pennycress, also known as stinkweed, could be farmed to make a cleaner bio-jet fuel.

That’s according to a recent study whose senior author is Ajay Shah, an associate professor in the CFAES Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering.

Read the story. (Photo: Field pennycress by Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, Bugwood.org.)

Gentlepeople, start your electric engines

Ohio State hosts its third Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow on June 20–21 in Columbus. You’ll find, yes, a frunkload of details on the sustainability, economic, and fun-to-drive benefits of electric cars. And you’ll have chances to test drive some of them, including Hondas, BMWs, and Teslas. You can also learn about the Smart Columbus initiative.

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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.

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.