CFAES economist Mark Partridge says that since 2010, job growth in Ohio’s rural areas has been strong—nearly the same as in the state’s major cities. “As long as this economic expansion continues,” Partridge says, “rural Ohio is going to fare pretty well compared to the rest of the U.S.” Read the story.
The Ohio Clean Marinas Program, a voluntary certification program promoting environment- and water-friendly practices, recently recognized 10 newly certified or recertified marinas in the state.
“We’ve successfully made a case for why sustainable beer sells and how it can be sourced locally,” said Vincent Valentino, sustainability major manager for Columbus’s Land-Grant Brewing Company, speaking to the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) recently.
Valentino graduated in the second class of CFAES’s Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major.
The next monthly Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) breakfast program, “Land Grant to Land-Grant: Lessons in Sustainability from a Brewery in Our Backyard,” will feature Columbus’s Land-Grant Brewing Company, a small urban craft brewery.
The speaker, Land-Grant sustainability manager Vincent Valentino, will share “successes, challenges and failures that the brewery has faced in its first year of pursuing sustainability,” the event description says. He’ll also “talk about their partnership with urban farmers, Columbus community groups and where they want to go next.”
The guests at tomorrow’s roundtable discussion on small business and climate change, which is from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus, will include Ohio Rep. Fred Strahorn; Michael Schadek, assistant director for intergovernmental affairs and economic development for the city of Columbus; and representatives from Ohio Rep. Anne Gonzales’s Columbus office, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Columbus office, Java Central Cafe and Roaster, car2go Columbus, the Land-Grant Brewing Company, Ohiyo Chocolate, Portia’s Café, Fusian, and Wolf’s Ridge Brewing.
Nonpartisan group Defend Our Future is hosting the event. Details: Marguerite Dooley, email@example.com.
The nonprofit, nonpartisan climate advocacy group Defend Our Future is hosting a roundtable discussion with Columbus-area small business owners and Columbus and Ohio elected officials on April 19 on Ohio State’s Columbus campus. It’s from 5-8 p.m. in CFAES’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.
A media advisory from the group said the discussion “will touch on the impact climate change is having on small businesses, their bottom lines and consumer preferences and how strong state and national environmental protections, such as those provided by the EPA, are important factors for a healthy and vibrant business community.”
Contact Marguerite Dooley, firstname.lastname@example.org, for details.
CFAES environmental economist Tim Haab: “Markets, left alone, often fail to address environmental issues, and that is not good for the economy or society.”