Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke to speak at Ohio State

Winona LaDuke, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Honor the Earth, presents “Indigenous Politics Today: A Discussion” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in Room 221 Sullivant Hall on Ohio State’s main campus in Columbus. Learn more.

LaDuke is a political activist, environmentalist and two-time Green Party vice-presidential nominee. Honor the Earth works to create awareness and support for indigenous environmental issues.

Admission to the event is free and open to the public. The sponsor is Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program, a project of the university’s Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme.

Big win for Buckeyes

Ohio State’s Facilities Operations and Development (FOD) program has won APPA’s 2017 Sustainability Award.

The award honors educational institutions that have implemented “programs and processes that enhance service delivery, lower costs, create a green and/or sustainable environment, or otherwise benefit the educational institution supporting student success and environmental stewardship,” said an Ohio State press release.

APPA’s subtitle is “Leadership in Educational Facilities.”

FOD’s sustainability work includes recycling and zero-waste initiatives, green building guidelines, and energy conservation projects.

June 22: Port of Cleveland sustainability leader to speak at Stone Lab

The next event in Stone Lab’s 2017 summer guest lecture series features James White, director of sustainable infrastructure programs for the Port of Cleveland. It’s this Thursday, June 22. Also speaking will be International Joint Commission environmental advisor Victor Serveiss.

The port’s “innovative, environmentally friendly” dredging solution, which White introduced, was featured recently in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Stone Lab, pictured, is Ohio State’s island campus at Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie.

The event starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but you’ll need to pay for a ferry ride to Put-in-Bay and a water taxi ride to the lab. There’s an option to watch online. (Photo: Lisa Aurand Rice, via Flickr.)

June 17: Renewable Energy Farm Tour

The 2017 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series continues June 17 with the Renewable Energy Farm Tour at Woodland Ridge Farm and Learning Center in Athens in southeast Ohio. The farm has hybrid, battery backup, microgrid solar and off-grid systems. Admission is free and open to the public, but you have to preregister. Get details in the tour’s calendar listing or on pages 7-8 in the series brochure.

The farm is also offering two paid workshops and a dinner that weekend. Details are at the same links.

Thursday’s ‘Time for Change’ events

On Thursday, as part of Ohio State’s Time for Change Week: The single-use plastic bottle exchange — trade 10 for a free reusable one — continues from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Turning Green co-founder and former candidate for Congress (at age 25) Erin Schrode speaks on the importance of civic activism from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Wexner Center for the Arts. An environmental poetry session goes from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Kafe Kerouac coffeehouse and bar on North High Street adjacent to campus.

We are the green squad and we’re coming to town

There’s more on Monday, April 3, during Ohio State’s Time for Change Week: The university’s Undergraduate Student Government and Environmental Professionals Network are co-sponsoring a Sustainability Fashion Showcase from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Burgee Room in the Nosker House dorm. “Student models will model sustainable/organic/vegan clothing from REI, L Brands, LA Relaxed and more to illustrate how to have a more environmentally friendly wardrobe that is also fashionable and won’t break the bank,” the event description says. The event will also help promote the EPN-hosted signature presentation by Vik Sahney, REI’s vice president for sustainability, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Grow your green consciousness

Also on April 3, outside Ohio State’s Sustainability Fair, check out the Conscious College Road Tour. Sponsored by California-based Turning Green, it’s an “interactive tabling display on conscious living,” says a page on Ohio State’s Time for Change Week website. Both the tour and fair are part of the week, which is April 3-9.

The display, the page says, will have “eight unique tables, each focusing on a different sustainability theme, with educational resources for students to learn from and eco-products to sample.” As students visit each table, “they will acquire a newfound knowledge on key sustainability topics and the tools necessary to start their transition towards being a more conscious consumer.”

April 3 Sustainability Fair kicks off Time for Change Week

Ohio State’s Undergraduate Student Government is hosting its third annual Sustainability Fair on Monday, April 3. It’s from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Great Hall Meeting Room in the university’s Ohio Union, 1739 N. High St. in Columbus. Get info from and about some 40-plus environmental groups, see animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, enjoy free food, and more. Details here and here. It’s the first in a series of events planned for Ohio State’s Time for Change Week, April 3-9.

REI’s sustainability chief to speak at Ohio State

Combine your work and passions and you can climb mountains. Including real ones.

That’s the message of a presentation being given by Vik Sahney, vice president for sustainability for Seattle-based REI, on April 12 at Ohio State.

Sahney, who at age 38 has climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, will present “From Summits to Sustainability: Reaching for High Places, Personally and Professionally” at 7 p.m. in the Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom in the Ohio Union in Columbus. Continue reading