Dec. 5 event: ‘Acting on shared interests’

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided,” wrote J.K. Rowling in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Next week, the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) will explore a similar theme. With food. Discussion. But probably no flaming stemware.

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Registration open for Sept. 29 Stinner Summit

What are the multifunctional benefits of agriculture? What new project could help grow them?

Explore the questions, and give your concrete, specific ideas for such a project (which will be backed by up to $10,000 in funding), at the 11th annual Stinner Summit on Sept. 29 in Findlay.

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Registration open for Oct. 14 Stinner Summit

Stinner Summit flierThe 10th annual Stinner Summit, whose theme is “Working Together for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities,” is Friday, Oct. 14 at the Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, Ohio. When you register, you’ll be asked to suggest issues for discussion at the summit. Then, during the event, working with the other participants, you’ll propose, discuss and eventually decide specific projects for funding in the year ahead, with the funding coming from CFAES’s Ben Stinner Endowment, the summit’s sponsor. For details, go here. The life, work and vision of the late Ben Stinner touched farmers, the land, and his friends and colleagues in CFAES. Read more about him here.

Columbus mayor, GreenSpot awards to headline next EPN event

Image of girl holding new green plant_4Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will present the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards during an April 12 breakfast program hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network. The awards honor achievements in Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability program. Also featured at the event will be the projects by nine teams of students in the college’s Assessing Sustainability capstone course. The course is required of students in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability major. The teams developed the projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. EPN is a professional group coordinated by CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. Read the full story.

Sustainable farms, food, communities? Come share your ideas, plan action

It’s about growing green farms. Building sustainable communities. And helping keep more people fed. Ohio’s ninth annual Stinner Summit is Oct. 16 at Malabar Farm State Park near Mansfield, and anyone interested in healthy land and clean water — including such issues as local food, urban farming, food security and sustainable agriculture — is welcome to attend. Read about it …

Bright future, energetic goals

What has CFAES meant to Miranda McClendon, a senior honors student from Gary, Indiana, in the Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability program? “I can really see the change in me, and the growth.” Get to know her, and her energy- and community-related goals after graduation, in this new video. (Video: Walter Warkus, CFAES Communications.)

Stinner Summit is Friday

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The eighth annual Stinner Summit, held by CFAES’s Agroecosystems Management Program, takes place this Friday, Oct. 10, at Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs. Participants will present, discuss and decide on projects for increasing the sustainability of Ohio farms and communities. The projects will then be funded by the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Communities. Pictured is last year’s summit, which took place in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in northeast Ohio. Read more here. (Photo: AMP.)