‘Green Drinks’ on Jan. 16 in Columbus

Columbus’s next Green Drinks event is from 6–8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. The Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, part of CFAES, is the host.

The casual event is part of a monthly series promoting networking for people interested in the environment. “Some attendees work in the environmental industry, most practice sustainable lifestyles, and all are ‘green curious,’ ” says the event’s website. “Everyone comes for different reasons because everyone is invited.”

Speaking at the event will be Columbus City Council member Emmanuel Remy and Kate Bartter, director of Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment.

Admission is free and open to the public, but donations of $5–10 by those who are able are welcome.

Find out more.

Ahead to a resilient, sustainable future

Mark your calendar for Ohio State’s second annual Community Engagement Conference, set for Jan. 23-24 in Columbus. The theme: “Partnering for a Resilient and Sustainable Future.” Former Irish president Mary Robinson will be the keynote speaker. CFAES’s OSU Extension outreach arm is one of the event’s sponsors. Find out more and register.

Tuesday: ‘Healthy planet, healthy patients’

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) presents its next public breakfast program, “Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients: Hospitals Reduce Their Environmental Footprint” from 7:15-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Building on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. Registration is $10, free for students, and includes breakfast. Find out more and register.

EPN, a statewide professional group, is a service of CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources.

He’s making their local craft beer sustainable

Meet CFAES alumnus Vinny Valentino, who’s pictured below, in a delightful profile by CFAES writer Sherrie Whaley.

Valentino, a 2015 graduate of CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability program, is sustainability manager for Columbus’ Land-Grant Brewing Company, a job the former bartender (and rock-and-roller) created himself.

His story is one of our CFAES Stories. (Photo: Ken Chamberlain.)

Shine a light on adding solar

If you’re thinking about adding solar energy to your home, farm or business, check out Thursday’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair in Wooster.

The fair’s free Renewable Energy Workshop (10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) will have sessions about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program and the Washington, D.C.-based Solar United Neighbors effort, as well as a panel discussion by representatives from four Ohio solar installers: Harvest Energy Solutions (Delaware), Dovetail Solar and Wind (Cleveland), Paradise Energy Solutions (Sugarcreek) and Third Sun Solar (Athens).

Those four installers also will have exhibits at the fair and staff to answer your questions, as will The Lighthouse Installation (Fredericksburg) and YellowLite (Cleveland).

It’s a good chance to learn how solar works, to see if and how it could work for you, and to get a feel for companies you could work with. Admission to the fair is free.

Sunshine? Super, man

What’s the forecast for CFAES Wooster’s Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair on Thursday? To quote Leonard in “The School of Rock”: blue. The National Weather Service predicts mostly sunny skies and a high of nearly 60 degrees. Which is especially fitting because there’s a lot to see and learn about solar energy there. (Photo: iStock.)

Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair is Thursday

The Scarlet, Gray and Green Fair, a festival celebrating sustainability and green living, will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around Fisher Auditorium at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster. Admission is free and open to the public.

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