Mike Fackler wants to save the world, one tomato at a time. Fackler, a junior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University, credits the innovative coursework in his Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) major as giving him the tools needed to understand how business works and how sustainability plays into its success. Fackler and business partner, Jared Frees will soon launch Compostd, which will offer curbside pickup of food waste for compost. The story, "Student Takes Classroom Lessons to the Streets" was written by Kelli Trinoskey and is published on the website of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Kelli is a communication and outreach manager in CFAES’ Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics. Read more about the startup here.
Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti. “At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”
Four undergraduate Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) students had the opportunity to attend this year’s Net Impact Path to Purpose Conference in Atlanta, GA. Net Impact is a national organization with more than 300 global chapters. The students that attended are members of Ohio State’s undergraduate Net Impact chapter. Returning from this year’s conference representing Ohio State’s Net Impact chapter were seniors and EEDs majors Sarah Fischer, who is minoring in Nonprofit Management and Tim Cho, who is minoring in City and Regional Planning. Juniors Kathleen Fillingim, an EEDS major and Taylor Racela, a Finance major with a minor in EEDS also attended.
Facilities Operations and Development recently partnered with five Ohio State students on their 15-week EEDS (Environment, Economics, Development and Sustainability) Capstone project. The students created a multi-purpose Smart Street Light, designed to assist with security and sustainability. Read more about this partnership and project in the latest A&P Newsletter.
The Ohio State University is the lead research partner for the Smart Columbus program, but it’s not just faculty leading the way. Students are also working to make Columbus a smarter city. Students from the School of Environment and Natural Resources showed off their senior projects at the Environmental Professionals Network breakfast on Tuesday and the Smart Columbus program was the focus of nine of the projects.
Nine student research teams from The Ohio State University presented their final capstone projects at April’s Environmental Professionals Network breakfast held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 12, 2016. The teams developed and presented projects specifically to support Ohio State’s new sustainability goals. The breakfast program focused on sustainability success with Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther presenting the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards and featured an Expo with projects by nine teams of students in the “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” capstone course
Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will present the city’s 2016 GreenSpotLight Awards at an April 12 event hosted by the Environmental Professionals Network. The awards honor achievements in Columbus’s GreenSpot sustainability program. Among those recognized will be three businesses, the graduates of the Corporate Sustainability Initiative and the winners of the Columbus Energy Challenge. The network is a professional group coordinated by the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) at The Ohio State University. The school is in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
According to the EPA's top 30 Government list, Columbus ranks #13 in terms of green energy use. Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability (EEDS) students have helped secure this ranking through their work in a capstone course by taking actions from the city's plan to become more energy efficient and packaging them into projects. The university and the city have teamed up for the environment before to remove the 5th Ave dam, noted Greg Hitzhusen, a lecturer in the SENR.