Greg Hitzhusen, a faculty member in the School of Environment and Natural Resources received an Affordable Learning Exchange grant to create a digital textbook that will benefit students and Ohio communities. The online textbook due out next spring focuses on religion and the environment in America and will be easily accessible to students and faith communities, who have an interest in sustainability and the environment. Students are actively involved in the process of organizing and contributing content for the new book. Read more about the creation of the textbook, how students are involved and why others might consider applying for an ALX grant in the interview with Hitzhusen here.
Ohio State will recognize World Water Day 2018 with a Water Awareness event March 22 from 12 noon to 3 pm in the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room #2. World Water Day, on March 22 every year, focuses attention on the importance of water. An initiative of the United Nations, the theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Stop by to learn about important Ohio State water improvement research and what our students are doing to provide safe, convenient water supplies in Tanzania and other places in need.
A Nov. 17 event at The Ohio State University will look at making the Columbus area more livable and walkable down the road. Hosted by the Ohio State-based Environmental Professionals Network, the program will feature a new central Ohio planning effort called insight2050. Insight2050 aims to help communities plan for development and population growth over the next 30-plus years “that is expected to be dramatically different from the past,” according to its website.
A Nov. 14 workshop near Toledo aims to help landowners better understand and manage their natural resources, from trees to bees to ponds to wildlife. The Northwest Ohio Landowners Conference: Natural Resources at Home, offered by the Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Owens Community College, 30335 Oregon Road in Perrysburg. The schedule features nine sessions by experts on forestry, insects, water and wildlife, including such timely topics as gypsy moths, algal blooms, and nuisance deer and geese. The event’s keynote talk will look at the impact of this year’s weather — lots of rain early, dry conditions later — on trees, said co-organizer Kathy Smith. Smith is head of the stewards program, part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
The Ohio Woodland Stewards Program will hold a Winter Tree ID workshop twice in the coming weeks: Oct. 30 in Chardon in northeast Ohio (this offering in now full) and Nov. 6 in Hamilton near Cincinnati. The workshop will give participants in-depth training and practice on identifying trees without leaves, said one of the event’s instructors, Kathy Smith. Smith directs the stewards program, which is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Students from The Ohio State University and members of the broader community will screen and discuss six weekly environmental films with Ohio State and local experts in October and November. The series is designed to raise awareness of climate change and its economic, health, political and environmental impacts, said David Hanselmann, a lecturer in the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and the coordinator of the Environmental Professionals Network. The network, which is a service of the college’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR), is co-hosting the series with Ohio State’s Office of Energy and Environment.
Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the first cardinal from Ghana, will visit Ohio State’s Columbus campus in November for a community discussion on global sustainability.
The brown misshapen circles of dead grass in the quarter-acre plot between Ovalwood Hall and a student parking lot barely hint at what’s to come, but next spring the land under the First Energy transmission lines will transform into the beginnings of a vibrant garden of flowers and grasses conducive to pollinators. The goal of “A Monarch Right-of-Way: A Pollinator Demonstration Plot” is to create a demonstration area to show landowners who have utility rights-of-way on their property some alternative wildlife habitats.