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    Real vs. Artificial: Which Tree Is More Sustainable?

    Dec 10, 2018

    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.

  2. Bird species identified in the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas are behind an award winning new interactive art installation, “Orbacles” on display through the month of July in Minneapolis, MN. (Photo credit: Dianne Iverson)

    Winning interactive art on display informed by bird species identified as part of Climate Change Bird Atlas

    Jul 10, 2017

    Bird species identified in the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Bird Atlas are behind an award winning new interactive art installation on display through the month of July in Minneapolis, MN.  The installation, “Orbacles” by MINN_LAB won Minneapolis’ 2017 Creative City Challenge. 

  3. Bangladeshi Graduate Student Addresses Food Insecurity in Home Country Through Research at Ohio State

    Mar 13, 2015

    Mohammad Ashraful Alam, a doctoral student specializing in Fisheries and Wildlife Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources is performing research addressing food insecurity in Bangladesh, specifically the trend toward using fish and other seafood to feed its growing population. Alam is seeking to address serious agricultural and nutritional needs in his home country through his graduate research, thereby building the technical capacity of his home institution and enhancing food security in Bangladesh.  
  4. Students help Columbus rank in top 30 green power cities

    Mar 13, 2015

    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.

  5. Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction presentation covered by Civitas Media

    Dec 16, 2014

    Joe Bonnell's Farm Science Review presentation "Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction" was recently covered by Civitas Media, a news source servicing communities in more than 11 states, including Ohio. Read the article, "The potential hazards of shale oil, gas drilling" online here.  Joe Bonnell is a watershed management program director in Ohio State University’s School of Environment and Natural Resources for Ohio State University Extension.

  6. SENR Faculty Member Completes Summer Faculty Fellowship Program

    Sep 19, 2014

    With years serving as a great mentor to Ohio State University students, it should come as no surprise that Dr. Bob Gates applied for and recently spent six weeks participating in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. The East Lansing Field Office hosted Dr. Gates as he worked with regional Joint Venture science staff and other wetland conservation partners from Michigan and Ohio. Read the full story here.

  7. SENR Soil Scientist Libby Dayton on WOSU

    Aug 12, 2014

    Soil Scientist Libby Dayton's research on the Phosphorus Risk Index is featured on WOSU FM in "OSU Researcher Studies Farm Runoff." To listen and read the segment, visit:

  8. Dr. Lal Listed Among World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

    Jul 22, 2014

    Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Rattan Lal is influencing the future direction of his field, and of the world.
  9. SENR Professor's research highlighted in leading newspaper

    May 7, 2014

    Rattan Lal, a soil scientist and director of Ohio State University's Carbon Management and Sequestration Center is quoted in a recent Ideas article written by Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow for The Boston Globe.  The article, "How to solve climate change with cows (maybe)" (5/4) asks "Could better grazing patterns be the answer?"