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Jan. 11 Environmental Professionals Event Will Feature Ohio State’s Lonnie Thompson

Dec. 27, 2016
Climatologist Lonnie Thompson, pictured at the Qori Kalis Glacier in the Peruvian Andes in 2000, will speak at Ohio State Jan. 12. (Photo: Lonnie Thompson/Ohio State.)
This article originally appeared on the website of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and was written by Kurt Knebusch.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — January’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast program has a big title for a big topic — in fact, for four very closely related topics.

It’s called “Global Warming. You and Me. Energy Audits. Money in Your Pocket. Cleaner Air. More Comfortable Home. Help Is Available. Don’t Procrastinate.”

It’s from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in The Ohio State University’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.

And it features talks by four Ohio experts — led by renowned climatologist Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in Ohio State’s School of Earth Sciences and senior research scientist with the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center — on a theme of climate and energy.

There also will be a drawing for attendees to win one of five free home energy audits from Columbia Gas of Ohio, but the winners have to live within the company’s service area.

Admission to the event, which includes breakfast, is open to both network members and the public. The cost is $10 by cash, check or Ohio State eRequest; $15 by credit card; and free for Ohio State students.

Registration and other details are at

The scheduled talks and speakers are:

  • “Climate Change: The Evidence and Our Options” by Thompson.
  • “Energy Audit and Efficiency Measures Assistance for Homes” by Megan Melby, New Buildings program manager, Demand Side Management, Columbia Gas of Ohio.
  • “Bowling Green Residents Take Energy Efficiency to Heart” by Neocles Leontis, Bowling Green community leader and Bowling Green State University chemistry professor.
  • “OSU’s New Green Home Technology Center Programs” by Eric Romich, energy education field specialist with Ohio State University Extension.

The network is a service of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Romich’s organization, OSU Extension, is the college’s outreach arm.

Columbia Gas of Ohio is the event’s sponsor. The school and two other Ohio State units — the Office of Energy and Environment and the Office of Student Life’s Energy Management and Sustainability program — are sponsoring the free student registration.

For more information on the event and network, contact coordinator David Hanselmann, who’s a lecturer in the school, at or 614-247-1908.

Membership in the network is free and open to anyone studying or working in an environmental field. Details are at


Kurt Knebusch


David Hanselmann