To help us celebrate Earth Day today, educators with OSU Extension share their favorite sustainable products in the video above. It’s part of their YouTube series called SAVE—Sustainable Action Through Video Engagement.
National Geographic, March 18; Nicole Sintov, School of Environment and Natural Resources, quoted
OSU Extension’s Sustainability Team is starting a new series of videos on living more sustainability in your home and community. First up: how to reduce the use of single-use plastic in your kitchen. Watch it above.
OSU Extension is CFAES’ outreach arm.
Sales of real Christmas trees “are booming as pandemic-weary Americans seek solace,” said a recent headline in the New York Times.
That’s good news for Christmas tree growers, like these in Ohio. But in the interest of recycling and reducing solid waste, what are some good green options to do with a Christmas tree after Christmas?
Here are suggestions from three CFAES experts.
Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program and Sue Bixler of CFAES’s Stone Laboratory have received a nearly $50,000 grant to educate visitors to South Bass Island about plastic trash — how it hurts water quality and wildlife and how to prevent it.
South Bass Island, located in western Lake Erie and home of the tourist town of Put-in-Bay, annually sees more than 800,000 visitors.
Ohio State student employees are digging through garbage cans full of thrown-away food — messy, sloppy, smelly, tossed food — in the name of sustainability. They’re helping with food waste audits being done to help the university try to meet one of its sustainability goals: diverting 90 percent of its waste from landfills by 2025. Read the full story.
In the meantime, researchers will share results from the audits at Ohio State’s Oct. 11 Food Waste Collaborative Conference, which CFAES is sponsoring. Glean further details on the conference’s website, including a link to register.
If buried in a landfill, discarded food rots and produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Limiting landfilled food waste reduces that methane production and in turn helps slow human-caused climate change.
If you’re interested in attending the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course on March 21-22 in Wooster, four grants are available to help you pay for some of your costs. But act fast: the deadline to apply for them is today, Monday, Feb. 26.
Two $225 grants are being offered to members of the Organics Recycling Association of Ohio (ORAO), which is hosting the course together with CFAES, and two $150 grants are being offered to nonmembers.
Registration is open for the Ohio Compost Operator Education Course, a professional development course on large-scale composting set for March 21-22 in Wooster.
Ohio State was recently named the Big Ten Conference champion in the 2017 Game Day Recycling Challenge, a national competition to promote waste reduction and sustainability at college football games. Read the Ohio State press release. (Photo: University Communications.)