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Cleveland Browns and FirstEnergy Stadium to divert tons of food waste from landfills into sustainable energy

The Plain Dealer

November 21, 2013

Ohio State University plans to turn waste from the Cleveland Browns' stadium into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.That's right. The Cleveland Browns want to become a more sustainable organization. And Ohio State University, which knows a thing or two about sustainability and football, will lend a hand.

Featured expert: Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

An unconventional car: No engine, no transmission, no differential

Gizmodo UK

November 19, 2013

Featured expert: Junmin Wang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and founder of the Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations

AIChE On Location blog

November 13, 2013

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers features the work of Bhavik Bakshi, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, in a blog about how Techno-Ecological Synergy can mitigate undesirable outputs from manufacturing and processing operations.

OSU Groups' Message: Development And The Environment Can Co-Exist

The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian

November 8, 2013

Presenting his view of the contentious position -- either pro or con -- many people take when the oil and gas industry is in the conversation, Jeff Daniels, director of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center at Ohio State University, said the complexities of shale energy are high stakes, combined with national energy and environmental issues, which lead to social, economic and security responsibilities.

Butterfly Wings May Improve Airplane Wings

Inside Science

November 5, 2013

The lab-made texture based on the butterfly wings can reduce drag by up to 15 percent. This type of surface helps air or water flow easier, something that could help ships and planes move faster and more efficiently. 

Featured expert: Bharat Bhushan, professor of mechanical engineering

Looking for answers in OSU's Discovery Themes

Wooster Daily Record

November 4, 2013

Ohio State University's decision to focus on food production and security, health and wellness and energy and environment over the next 10 years will benefit the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. These three "grand challenges of the future" make up OSU's Discovery Themes, and they align perfectly with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, of which OARDC is a part, said Bruce McPheron, the dean of the college and a vice president of the university.

WVU, Ohio State researchers get $2M for shale work

Associated Press

October 31, 2013

Researchers from Ohio State and West Virginia universities have won a combined $2 million grant to study microbial biodiversity in underground shale-gas formations.

The bulk of the National Science Foundation award, $1.65 million, goes to Ohio State.

ALSO: Hispanic Business: WVU, Ohio State Researchers Awarded $2 Million for Shale Energy Research

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Public to get a look at eco-friendly Ohio State home

The Columbus Dispatch

October 20, 2013

A small lakeside home on the Ohio State University campus might provide a window into the future of homebuilding.

The house, which will be open to the public on Tuesday, was Ohio State’s entry in the 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international contest for energy-efficient homes.

From tar to thyme: Green roof sprouting on Ohio State’s ag campus

Farm and Dairy

Oct. 14, 2013

Ohio State University’s first publicly accessible green roof is open to visitors at Howlett Hall on the campus of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The green roof, or rooftop garden, is part of the university’s Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens.

Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute—Includes Renewable Energy/Bioenergy Specialization Associate of Science Degree

Advanced Biofuels USA

Oct. 9, 2013

Although biofuels certainly provide bioenergy, they remain a bit outside the usual use of the term, bioenergy. That said, the bioenergy degree at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute can provide the foundation for a career in transportation fuel biorefineries and related biochemical and bioproducts production, even though it is not currently promoted as such.

Ohio State rooftop garden finally growing

The Columbus Dispatch

October 5, 2013

The new rooftop garden at Howlett Hall — off Woody Hayes Drive on the Ohio State University campus — has been almost a half-century in the making.

Shale exploration’s ripple effect expected to boost area economy

Times Reporter

October 3, 2013

While many residents of Tuscarawas County may not see a direct benefit from the current oil and gas boom, they should see indirect benefits in the years to come. 

Featured expert: Chris Zoller, Tuscarawas County’s Ohio State University Extension director for agriculture

Electric Vehicle Goes How Fast?


October 1, 2013

French automaker Venturi Automobiles plans to beat the World land speed record for electric vehicles with its new VBB-3.Unveiled earlier this month at Wendover airfield in Utah, the VBB-3 is designed to beat an earlier Venturi vehicle, the Buckeye Bullet.The Bullet, which was created in collaboration with Ohio State University, hit a top speed of 495km/h (307mph) back in 2010.

Cyclone Completes First Phase of Commercialization Program With The Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research

Wall Street Journal (subscription site)

September 25, 2013

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc., developer of the all-fuel clean-tech Cyclone Engine, announced today that it has completed the first phase of its development and testing program with The Ohio State University's prestigious Center for Automotive Research.

Sustainable game days: How colleges can green sports programs

New report highlights successful efforts at campuses across the country

University Business

September 24, 2013

What’s one way to please students, engage an entire campus community, and save money all while helping protect the environment?

The answer is greening sports programs, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in its new report, “Collegiate Game Changers.” At The Ohio State University, for example, the athletics department has, over the last two years, dramatically increased its waste divergence rate from landfills, which was foundational for the school’s ongoing zero-waste initiatives.

Cyclone news release

September 24,2013

Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. (OTCQB: CYPW), developer of the all-fuel clean-tech Cyclone Engine, announced today that it has completed the first phase of its development and testing program with The Ohio State University’s prestigious Center for Automotive Research (OSU CAR).

Electron microscopes will dazzle in custom-built lab

The Columbus Dispatch

September 19, 2013 

A building that once housed a mattress factory now houses microscopes so powerful Ohio State University researchers can focus on atoms. The Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, located on Kinnear Road, is the new home for 10 electron microscopes valued at $28 million.

World's Fastest Electric Car

Inside Science

September 19, 2013

When you think of electric cars, many people think of slow and small. But, a group of students at The Ohio State University is working on changing that perception by engineering an electric car that can travel up to 307 mph.

“It’s the world’s fastest [electric] vehicle. It's lithium battery powered, four-thousand pounds and 800 horsepower,” said David Cooke, a mechanical engineering student at Ohio State who is working with a team of engineering students to build the fastest electric car yet.

Lal, world expert on sustainable land management, named UN Global Dryland Champion

College of Food, Agricultural, and Environemntal Sciences

September 12, 2013

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences’ Rattan Lal has been chosen as one of the first Global Dryland Champions by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification for his contributions towards achieving a land-degradation-neutral world. Lal is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, directs the school’s Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, and is an international expert on agricultural sustainability and climate change.

Ohio State's Buckeye Bullet built its reputation on speed

The Columbus Dispatch

September 8, 2013

A 7,000-pound hunk of metal and electronics isn’t supposed to hurtle at 400 mph across Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s supposed to lurch along, similar to a semi hauling a fabricated house or some other oversize load.