Ways to make Ohio more sustainable

A free public webinar called Sustainability and Ohio’s Landscape: Creating Value for People and the Environment takes place this Tuesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and you still have time to register for it.

The focus will be on sustainability in three areas: in Ohio’s cities, on its farms, and in its forests. The speakers will be from CFAES, nonprofits, agencies, and businesses.

It’s the 2020 Spring Outlook program by CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.

Learn more and register to watch. (Photo: downtown Cleveland, Getty Images.)

We hold this world in our caring hands

We’re celebrating the 50th Earth Day today, and as we look ahead toward future Earth Days, we can quote the late pop star Prince—himself the subject of another celebration last night on CBS—from his song called “Planet Earth”: “Fifty years from now, what will they say about us here? Did we care for the water and the fragile atmosphere?”

Here at CFAES, we’re working to find and develop ways to give the Earth that caring, and to train our students—our future scientists and leaders, our fellow citizens and neighbors—to understand and give that caring and advance it even further.

Fifty years from now, what will the answers be to the song’s questions? Hopefully, through effort, they’ll be good ones.

Above, Neil Young and friends play us out.

Keep learning during the shutdown

With public gatherings, spectator sports—including the March Madness college basketball tournament—and CFAES’ normally busy schedule of public events all shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak, CFAES’ OSU Extension outreach arm is responding by offering a series of virtual events. Called Agriculture and Natural Resources Madness: A Tournament of Education, the series features 64 educational sessions divided into daily brackets. The sessions are free and likely to continue to mid-May.

“This effort is a direct response to providing a variety of useful and timely sessions for farmers and families across the state during Gov. DeWine’s stay-at-home order,” said Jacqueline Wilkins, interim director of OSU Extension. “While our ‘tournament’ is being loosely tied to March Madness, it’s not a competition, and people can join in at any time for as many or as few sessions as they desire.”

Learn more and see the schedule.

Earth Day: Planting ‘the seeds of a revolution’

Ohio State’s fifth Environmental Film Series continues on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with a look back 50 years ago at the first Earth Day, and a look ahead at the planet’s future—what Earth Day 50 years hence may hold. “Earthrise and Earth Days,” set for 7–8:50 p.m. on the Ohio State Columbus campus, features a screening of the 2010 American Experience documentary Earth Days: The Seeds of a Revolution, brief recollections by two people who helped plan Ohio State’s first Earth Day activities in 1970, details on the university’s Earth Day activities this year, and a Q&A and discussion.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Find full details.

Lessons from Bangladesh on climate change

Bangladesh, a country of 165 million in southern Asia, can teach the world a lot about climate change—how everything from climate to food to migration to economics is intertwined. So says CFAES development economist Joyce Chen, featured in our latest CFAES Story.

Watch: ‘Problems in need of urgent solutions’

CFAES faculty members Doug Jackson-Smith and Elena Irwin talk about “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems,” the CFAES-hosted presentation and panel discussion set for Nov. 18 in Columbus, in the video above.

Everyone is invited to attend the free event, either in person or by Facebook livestream.

Some things wicked this way come

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR), CFAES Dean Cathann A. Kress is hosting a presentation and panel discussion called “Converging on Wicked Systems Problems” on Monday, Nov. 18, in Columbus. The program, its flyer says, “will explore the application of transdisciplinary research and system approaches to solve grand challenges in our food, water, and energy systems”—challenges that include, for example, the climate crisis, food security, air pollution, and algal blooms.

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They’re turning things bluer and greener

Thirteen Ohio boat marinas earned Ohio Clean Marinas certification for their environmental efforts in 2018. Read the story.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a partnership between Ohio State’s Ohio Sea Grant program and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Find out more. (Photo: Lake Erie off of Cleveland, Getty Images.)

Big plans set for Waterman

CFAES has big plans for its Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory in Columbus. Dean Cathann A. Kress says those plans include becoming “a university hub for leading science and public engagement related to our food system, agriculture, and natural resources; as well as a center where many of our partners can join us to advance knowledge and industry, communicate about science, and prepare future leaders.” Read all about it.