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  1. What does sustainability mean to you? Do you understand it? Champion it? Live it?  An ongoing survey of Ohio State undergraduates — which begins again via email this week — aims to find students’ answers to these questions.

    Survey Seeks Students' Sustainability Interest, Knowledge

    Oct 30, 2019

    What does sustainability mean to you? Do you understand it? Champion it? Live it?  An ongoing survey of Ohio State undergraduates — which begins again via email this week — aims to find students’ answers to these questions. The survey shows researchers and university sustainability leaders how students’ knowledge, attitudes and actions regarding sustainability change over time. The results of the survey, which has been administered at various times since 2012, are used in campus sustainability planning and curriculum; research regarding policy preferences and consumer choices; benchmark comparisons for other universities; and other purposes, as well as the longitudinal tracking of sustainability-related knowledge and behaviors.

  2. Ohio State students will showcase their internships at a forum on Oct. 30.

    Students to showcase internships

    Oct 24, 2019

    More than 50 posters representing the diversity of internships School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) students held over the summer will be on display October 30 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agricultural Administration building on the campus of The Ohio State University.

  3. Photo: Getty Images

    Soil health at risk on fallow fields

    Oct 8, 2019

    With so many Ohio fields left unplanted this year, farmers should consider the risks to next year’s crops, soil experts from The Ohio State University warn.  If wind or rain carry away the topsoil of a bare field, it can take years to rebuild that topsoil, said Steve Culman, a soil fertility specialist with Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).Topsoil is the layer richest in microscopic organisms, which fuel plant growth. Besides losing topsoil, not having any living roots in a field can cause microscopic fungi in the soil to die off, harming the soil’s ability to support a healthy crop, Culman said.

  4. Read more about the happenings of the School of Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society (ENRAS) in the latest edition of the Alumni Connection.

    Latest Alumni Connection newsletter available

    Oct 1, 2019

    The autumn 2019 edition of Alumni Connection, your newsletter brought to you by the Environment and Natural Resources Alumni Society (ENRAS) is newly published and ready for your reading pleasure. Learn more about ENRAS, the School of Environment and Natural Resources, and how you can become involved. 

  5. Rattan Lal (shown 2nd from the right) received the 2019 Alumni Medalist Award. A reception was held after the awards ceremony recognizing the honorees at the Longaberger Alumni House.

    Professor Lal Receives 2019 Alumni Medalist Award

    Oct 1, 2019

    Congratulations to alumnus and Ohio State Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science Rattan Lal, who received the 2019 Alumni Medalist Award, the single highest honor bestowed by The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc., on Friday, Sept. 20. 

  6. A team of School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty and staff at The Ohio State University were awarded $482,000 from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service for “Leveraging Education and Research to Promote Maple Syrup Production in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.” Photo credit: Kathy Smith

    Team awarded funding to promote maple syrup production

    Sep 30, 2019

    A team of School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) faculty and staff at The Ohio State University were awarded $482,000 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service for “Leveraging Education and Research to Promote Maple Syrup Production in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.”  The funding is made possible through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS): Acer Access and Development Program (Acer), which supports the efforts of States, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry.

  7. TWEL Presentations at The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society Joint Conference

    Sep 30, 2019

    Terrestrial Wildlife and Ecology Lab (TWEL) faculty and graduate students are presenting their research at this year's joint conference of The Wildlife Society and American Fisheries Society, September 29 to October 3, 2019, Reno, NV

  8. Interview conduced with SENR faculty member on better predicting river flows.

    Faculty member interviewed on reducing uncertainties in estimating river flow

    Sep 26, 2019

    Steve Lyon, an associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University was recently interviewed by Fondriest for the Environmental Monitor on his research which seeks to better predict river flows and combines classic monitoring data with new technologies to develop and improve hydraulic modeling for estimating river flows, especially during uncertain and extreme weather events. The research has implications for water professionals charged with managing our water resources.

    Read the full interview here.

  9. With funding from the Sustainability Institute and Ohio State Energy Partners new bike racks are ready for bicycle commuters and visitors to Kottman Hall.

    New Bike Racks on Campus

    Sep 9, 2019

    School of Environment and Natural Resources graduate student Ryan Vogel is the cycling force behind a new bike rack project that adds 60 new bicycle parking spaces outside Kottman Hall.

  10. Campus Sustainability Survey Report Now Available

    Aug 28, 2019

    When it comes to sustainability, Ohio State students continue to raise ambitions in their knowledge and their actions.

    A fall 2018 survey of 20,500 undergraduate students by the university’s Environmental and Social Sustainability (ESS) Lab found that engagement in pro-environmental behaviors has increased by almost 30% since the last major data collection in 2014, while knowledge of sustainability-related topics increased by 10%.

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