Office of Energy and Environment Faculty/Staff News

February 17, 2017

Office of Energy and Environment

Energy and Environment
News and Updates

Smart City, Healthy City? A Panel Discussion

Smart Columbus is a $140 million public-private technology project designed to address some of the city's most pressing transportation challenges, including access to prenatal health care. Of particular concern is the staggering infant mortality rate — four times the national average — in the Linden neighborhood. CURA, the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, will take a closer look at the potential health impact of the project when it hosts a panel discussion March 24 with experts from industry, Ohio State and Smart Columbus.

Award Recognizes Importance of Food Security
An article on food security by Rattan Lal, a member of the InFACT and SRE Discovery Theme teams, has won the Elsevier Atlas Award, given each month for research that could significantly impact people's lives around the world. The article, “Food Security in a Changing Climate,” was chosen from thousands across more than 1,800 journals. It was published in the journal Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology. Lal is a professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources and the director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center.

Drobny Named to ISSP Board of Directors
Neil Drobny, EEDS and Management and HR, has been elected to the board of directors of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals. Drobny, who teaches courses on sustainable business practices at Fisher College of Business, will serve a two-year term on the board.

Cornish Appointed to Biomass R&D Tech Advisory Committee
Katrina Cornish, Horticulture and Crop Science, has been appointed to the Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee as a Special Government Employee, approved by the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, for an initial three-year term.

National Academies of Science Gulf Research Program’s 2017 Fellowships
Assistant professors can apply for two-year early-career research fellowships to develop research ideas not yet tested, pursue unique collaborations, and build a network of colleagues who share their interest in preventing oil spills and in the well-being of coastal communities and ecosystems. Doctoral students and those who received their graduate degree on or after Sept. 1, 2012, are eligible for a science policy fellowship. Applications for both are accepted online with a deadline of 5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Discovery Theme News

SRE to Lead Waste Management Conference in India
SRE was awarded a contract by the U.S. Consulate General of Mumbai, India, to organize a conference on Waste Management Innovation in April. This conference will convene U.S. and Indian experts from the business community, government, academia and civil society to identify innovative waste reduction technologies and practices that will enable India to achieve sustainable economic growth.

Panel Responds to 'Sustainable Food' Goals
As part of its overarching sustainability plan, Ohio State is taking steps to ensure that, by 2025, at least 40 percent of food served in dining halls and other campus venues is locally and sustainably sourced. A Food Sustainability Panel commissioned by the Ohio State administration has proposed an eight-step plan that is expected to take two years to fully implement. Details are available in the panel’s online report. Casey Hoy and Brian Snyder, co-leads for the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT), are helping direct the panel.

Making Headlines

Ohio State’s energy experts are in the news. The following articles have been published by media recently. Read more news coverage of the university’s energy, environment and sustainability activities on our website.

To See Food Waste in a New Way, Start With Your Plate

National Geographic
Nov. 1, 2016
Featured Expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics

People waste less food if told of harm to environment
The Columbus Dispatch
January 29, 2017
Featured expert: Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and development economics

Upcoming Events

Spring Semester 2017 Student Environmental Film Series, Jan. 24 through Feb. 28

Join us for the Spring Semester 2017 Student Environmental Film Series, hosted by the School of Natural Resources and the Office of Energy and Environment. The film series will meet at 7 p.m. for six Tuesday evenings, beginning Jan. 24, in Room 130 of the CBEC Building, 151 W. Woodruff Ave.

March EPN Breakfast Club, Mar. 3
Attend this Environmental Professionals Network breakfast to learn how you can protect and restore our rivers and streams. The breakfast will take place at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 7 at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Advanced Biobased Systems Workshop: Growing an Industry, Mar. 16
Attend this workshop to learn about the opportunities for using biomass for energy and products and the challenges for growing this industry from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 16 at the Shisler Center in Wooster, Ohio.