Preventing plastic pollution at Put-in-Bay

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.

Read the full story about the grant.

Learning from what’s in the can

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.

Apply by today for Compost Course grants

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.

Get details on the grants and an application form.

Can we keep our trash out of the Great Lakes?

There’s a conference tomorrow in Cleveland on how to eliminate marine debris (plastic trash and more) in the Great Lakes, including Lake Erie. It’s closed to the public, but there’s a second, public event planned for early 2017 to talk about goals developed during the conference. Elizabeth Miller writing for the Great Lakes Today website of WBFO, Buffalo, New York, has the story.

The story quotes, among others, Jill Bartolotta of the Ohio State-based Ohio Sea Grant program.