When it comes to Christmas trees, a real tree, surprisingly, isn’t always the greenest choice.
If you buy and use an artificial tree at least four years, its environmental impact equals that of a fresh-cut tree purchased every year for the same number of years, said Elizabeth Myers Toman, an assistant professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) at The Ohio State University.
That’s because each year’s drive to buy a real tree adds to the amount of carbon dioxide and other climate change-causing carbon compounds entering the atmosphere. Buying a plastic tree typically involves one trip to a store, which is usually a nearby retailer, then only annual trips by foot to the attic or basement to retrieve it every December.
If you think of green beer, your thoughts might turn to the objectively bad, dyed brew served on St. Patrick’s Day. For the owners and operators of Land-Grant Brewing Company, green beer has a much more thoughtful connotation. The Columbus-based brewer is aiming to become the most sustainable brewery in Central Ohio, and a graduate of The Ohio State University, who recently spoke at the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ Environmental Professionals Network is helping them lead the way.
Five years ago, David Hanselmann helped launch the Environmental Professionals Network (EPN), a statewide professional group based at The Ohio State University. Since then, EPN has grown to have nearly 2,000 members. It’s held 55 public monthly Breakfast Club programs, which typically draw more than 125 people, and five signature events, whose top attendance has been 1,400.
Two national experts on green labels and keeping them trustable are the featured speakers for September’s breakfast by the Environmental Professionals Network. Laura Koss of the Federal Trade Commission and Tim Bartley of The Ohio State University will present “Eco-Labels, Certifications, Green Advertising: How Trustworthy Are Green Claims?” from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 15 in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive in Columbus.
The next breakfast program by the Environmental Professionals Network, a statewide professional group based at The Ohio State University, will look at improving America’s roads, bridges, water systems and more while also making them greener. Aparna Dial, deputy administrator of the city of Columbus’s Department of Public Service, will present “Leadership for Sustainable Infrastructure” from 7:15 to 9:20 a.m. June 7 in Ohio State’s Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, in Columbus.
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.
The groundbreaking, award-winning Ohio River Basin Trading Project is the focus of February’s breakfast presentation by the Environmental Professionals Network. “Electric Utilities, Farmers, Agencies and Others in the Ohio River Basin Establish the World’s Largest Water Quality Trading Program” is from 7:15 to 9:40 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center at The Ohio State University, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus. The network is a statewide professional group coordinated by the School of Environment and Natural Resources in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
A playful-looking giant panda cub, lying on its back with its paws in the air. A flock of migrating sandhill cranes, white clouds billowing around them, as seen from their same high altitude. A mountain stream choked with pandemic-killed frogs, a spotted owl perched in a clearcut forest, the gleaming brown eyes of an ocelot. They’re some of the many images by award-winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, who speaks March 26 at The Ohio State University. It’s a kickoff to the university’s ongoing celebration of Earth Day in April.