Study: Air polluters still polluting low-income, black communities

New research by Kerry Ard, a CFAES environmental sociologist, shows that despite an overall improvement in American air quality over the past 70 years, air pollution remains a serious health problem in low-income communities, especially communities of color. Read the story.

Germinate Film Fest is Friday, Saturday

A reminder that the first-ever Germinate International Film Fest—featuring films, discussion, and more related to agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities—is Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16–17, in Highland County.

Find out more. The Highland County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, is the organizer of the event. (Photo: Getty Images.)

How vacant lots can become urban farms

A tour this Saturday, Aug. 10, part of both the Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series and Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series, will show how to turn vacant lots into urban farms—producing healthy food for people and improving neighborhoods in the process (p. 3).

CFAES is a co-sponsor of both series.

‘Demonstrating a sense of hope’

You’re invited to check out the oldest working urban farm in Columbus.

The Pioneering Urban Farm Tour, set for 10–11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, features Four Seasons City Farm, a nonprofit urban garden serving Columbus’s Near East neighborhood. Started in 2004, and now with four locations, the farm grows berries, tree fruits, vegetables, and more.

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Submissions due by Sunday for new film festival

Submissions for the first Germinate International Film Festival, which aims to grow people’s knowledge of agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities, are due by this Sunday, June 30. Organized by the Highland County office of OSU Extension, CFAES’ outreach arm, the festival takes place Aug. 16–17 at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro in southeast Ohio. Find out more.

Gentlepeople, start your electric engines

Ohio State hosts its third Smart Columbus Ride & Drive Roadshow on June 20–21 in Columbus. You’ll find, yes, a frunkload of details on the sustainability, economic, and fun-to-drive benefits of electric cars. And you’ll have chances to test drive some of them, including Hondas, BMWs, and Teslas. You can also learn about the Smart Columbus initiative.

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Surprising findings on rural Ohio job growth

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.