‘They asked us to think of a different way of doing this’

CFAES is selling its long-standing Columbus sheep farm, located in a now heavily residential area about 7 miles north of Ohio State’s main campus, and the redevelopment guidelines, including keeping park space, open space and adjacent neighborhoods in mind, “are a first” for Ohio State, said a Nov. 6 story in Columbus’s This Week Community News.

Sale proceeds, the story said, will help pay for re-envisioning projects planned at CFAES’s Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory near the campus.

Hoo’s there?

A pocket of Columbus has its own smaller pockets, and they’re rich with plants and wildlife.

The next Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program will explore these biodiversity oases and how residents are working to protect them.

Valuing Landscapes: The Ravines of Clintonville” is from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. June 8 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, at Ohio State in Columbus. Admission is open to both EPN members and the public. Continue reading

Sept. 28: Brundtland to speak on global sustainability

brundtland_gro-feature.bebb54ccOn Monday, Sept. 28, the Discovery Themes Provost’s Lecturer Program at Ohio State will present Gro Harlem Brundtland, an internationally known thought leader and advocate for human rights and a leading voice on climate change, sustainable development and global health issues. She will deliver “Our Common Future: Global Sustainability in the 21st Century” at 3:30 p.m. in Mershon Auditorium, 1871 N. High St. in Columbus. The lecture is open to the public. Continue reading

Today at noon: How coastal communities can plan for changing Great Lakes water levels

How to plan for lake level changesDoug Marcy and Brandon Krumwiede of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management present “Mapping and Visualizing Lake Level Changes for the U.S. Great Lakes” from noon to 1 p.m. today, May 19, in a free webinar hosted by Ohio State’s Climate Change Outreach Team. The focus: NOAA’s Lake Level Viewer, a planning tool for coastal communities. Get webinar details and register here.

Tackling hunger, growing more food in cities

There’s “increased recognition that a large percentage of urban residents in predominantly poor neighborhoods lack access to healthy food,” says the flier for today’s seminar by Christopher Peterson of the Institute of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University Chicago. He’ll talk about that and more in “Addressing Issues of Food Security Through Integration of Curricula, Outreach and Service” at 4 p.m. Free. CFAES’s School of Environment and Natural Resources and Agroecosystems Management Program are the event’s co-sponsors.

New partnerships for, and the benefits of, getting more people outside

picture of people kayakingOhio has great potential for outdoor recreation and the good that can come from it. So says CFAES’s David Hanselmann, coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. On Dec. 9, the network will host a program on tapping and growing that potential, and you’re invited to attend. Read more. (Photo: iStock.)

U.S., China reach ‘historic’ deal to cut carbon emissions

From yesterday’s (Nov. 11) New York Times:

“China and the United States made common cause on Wednesday against the threat of climate change, staking out an ambitious joint plan to curb carbon emissions as a way to spur nations around the world to make their own cuts in greenhouse gases.”

Read the story. CNN reported on the plan here, the BBC here, Business Insider (via Reuters) here and Fortune here.