New sustainability major: Great (and surpassed) expectations

EEDS major

CFAES’s new Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) program has surpassed its enrollment expectations and has added three new courses.

The program launched at the start of fall semester 2012 and is one of Ohio State’s newest majors. It recently added four other new courses.

Now THAT’S tactile learning

Stone Lab, which is Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie and part of CFAES, has announced its 2013 summer science courses. They’re for college students, advanced high-school students, and educators. Check out the list if you want to dive (sometimes literally) into learning about the environment and do it in a hands-on way — in the lab and in the field and also in the water. Download an application here.

‘Professional development that focuses on cross connections’

Here are some further details about the new Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute, including the topics, dates, and how to register. First up is “Managing Complex Systems,” Sept. 6-7, at Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay. A short June post about the institute is here. The institute’s website is here.

Two summer classes on sustainable agriculture … and two wider programs beyond them

Lorain County Community College, which is located west of Cleveland, and Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, which is part of our college, are teaming to offer two sustainable agriculture courses (pdf) this summer. Both have credit and non-credit options.

By way of some background, LCCC offers a short-term certificate program in sustainable agriculture, which it presents in collaboration with ATI and the New Agrarian Center in Oberlin, while ATI itself offers a two-year associate degree in sustainable agriculture (pdf).

That’s the way the sustaina-ball bounces

In results announced this past Friday, the School of Environment and Natural Resources didn’t advance to the “Final 4” in the new March Madness tournament for environmental studies. But props to the schools that did — Purdue, Colby College, Colorado State, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. And props, too, to SENR for having made the tournament’s “Environmental 8.” This just in: Colby takes it.

Major in sustainability? Now you can do it as a Buckeye

Ohio State has a new major in sustainability. Called Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability, it “gives students the opportunity to take their passion for helping people, communities, and the environment to a new level,” said Elena Irwin, a professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics. AEDE and the School of Environment and Natural Resources, both a part of our college, teamed up to plan and will offer the major. Kickoff is fall 2012.

Green energy? New 2-year program here

Ohio State’s Agricultural Technical Institute, a part of our college in Wooster, now offers a two-year degree program in renewable energy. Students in the program specialize in bioenergy or in solar energy and wind energy, complete a paid internship, and gain the skills they need to go on to successful careers in the industry. That industry, say the program’s organizers, is projected to grow worldwide nearly 10 times from 2007 to 2030, to $630 billion. Printable fact sheet here (pdf).