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Guest column: Sustainability education is imperative on campus

Waste and Recycling News

June 20, 2013

Featured expert: Column written by Corey Hawkey, sustainability coordinator at The Ohio State University

Compressor stations could be next shale battleground in Ohio

Crain’s Cleveland Business

June 7, 2013

In the national debate over shale gas drilling, most of the arguments have focused on the drilling itself. However, the next phase of the industry's development in Ohio and other new drilling areas also may involve a contentious issue: compressor stations.

Featured expert: Jeff Daniels, director, Subsurface Energy Resource Center

Shale output doesn’t shift maps

Coshocton Tribune

May 31, 2013

Despite a rollout by its sister division in the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the Division of Geological Survey said the production data released on 87 horizontal oil and gas wells had little influence on the understanding of the Utica Shale.

Featured expert: Jeffrey Daniels, professor of earth sciences


Port Clinton News Herald, Shale data doesn't provide better understanding

Marion Star, Well results don’t shift Utica Shale potential
Newark Advocate, Early well results don’t shift Utica Shale maps, potential

The News Messenger, Well results don’t shift maps

Chemical looping: a clean coal breakthrough


May 29, 2013

A new process developed at Ohio State University could dramatically improve the fortunes of costly carbon capture methods. With renewables not yet ready to flood the market, could this technology unlock the potential of emissions-reducing clean coal initiatives?

OSU Extension to offer statewide sustainable agriculture tour

Logan Daily News

May 27, 2013

Ohio State University's Sustainable Agriculture Team will host several tours this spring and summer on hops production, agritourism, organic farming and urban agriculture, as part of the 2013 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series.

OSU EcoCar2 finishes third

The Columbus Dispatch

May 24, 2013

The earth-friendly car designed by Ohio State University students has finished third place in a national competition last night. OSU’s EcoCar 2 team is coming home from the San Diego event with a trophy, despite having some mechanical problems with the vehicle during the final testing.

Could ‘Clean Coal’ Finally Live up to Its Name?

An experimental new technology captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide from burning coal

Smithsonian Magazine

May 23, 2013

Not long ago, the phrase “clean coal” seemed like an oxymoron. Coal-fired power plants emit a witch’s brew of air pollutants that, unless it is removed with scrubbers, tarnishes the air, creates acid rain and can cause asthma or heart attacks. And coal plants emit twice the planet-heating carbon dioxide of natural-gas-fired power plants. A new type of reactor, however, one that captures more than 99 percent of the carbon dioxide generated by burning coal, could make “clean coal” feasible.

Ratepayers save under Ohio's green-energy law, group says

The Columbus Dispatch

May 21, 2013

The “green” energy provisions of a 2008 state energy law have saved consumers $170 million, according to Ohio State University findings that run counter to the argument that the law’s requirements have contributed to an increase in bills.
Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience

World's Largest Tropical Glacier Shrinks


May 20, 2013

Earth is fast becoming a planet where tropical glaciers will be myths. Here are a couple of recently released satellite images from 1988 and 2010 showing the shrinkage of the world’s biggest tropical glacier, the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru.
Featured expert: Lonnie Thompson, Distinguished University Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and a Research Scientist in the Byrd Polar Research Center 

Yuma competition drives auto engineers to excel

Yuma Sun

May 17, 2013

In order to better equip future generations of engineers with hands-on experience, the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors have teamed up to offer EcoCAR 2: Plugging In To The Future, a three-year competition that is part of DOE's Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions (AVTC) offered for the past 24 years.

Featured expert: Shawn Midlam-Mohler, professor of mechanical engineering

Michigan videographer tackles Greenland snow melt

Great Lakes Echo

May 15, 2013

A Midland, Mich.-based graphic artist and climate change awareness advocate has turned his sights abroad to help bring attention to an environmental issue that spans the globe.

Featured expert: Jason Box, a scientist with Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center

Better, greener ditch design: Ohio State scientist scoops award

Lima News

May 10, 2013

Ohio State scientist Andy Ward received OARDC's Innovator of the Year award for his "two-stage" ditch design that is greener and saves farmers money.

Scotts drops phosphorus from lawn fertilizer

The Columbus Dispatch

May 10, 2013

Scotts Miracle-Gro has removed phosphorus from its popular Turf Builder line of lawn fertilizer to help reduce the type of harmful algae blooms that have plagued waterways such as Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.

Featured expert: Jeff Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone Laboratory, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium

After Catastrophe

Chronicle of Higher Education

May 6, 2013

The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent Fukushima Daiichi meltdown echoed other major catastrophes—acts of nature, of the market, or of terrorists—that we have endured over the past several years. Those events also created ripple effects in a highly interconnected world, revealing the urgent need to be able to absorb such shocks—because we are certainly going to see more of them.

Featured expert: Joseph Fiksel, co-founder of the Center for Resilience

Bill has smart energy focus: efficiency

The Dispatch

May 4, 2013

Vice President for Energy and Environment Ron Sega supports building-efficiency bill introduced by Senator Rob Portman.

Interview: OSU Planning Professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Columbus Underground

May 3, 2013

Solar-powered trash compactors? It's just one of many urban innovations OSU City and Regional Planning professor Jennifer Evans-Cowley, who also serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and administration in the College of Engineering, thinks Columbus should try, she tells Columbus Underground.  

Venturi eyes speed record with new super-EV

The Province

May 1, 2013
Venturi and the brilliant minds at Ohio State University are collaborating once again with one goal in mind: To develop the world’s fastest and most powerful electric vehicle capable of breaking the world’s speed record.

ALSO: Autocar: Venturi electric world speed record car aims for 372mph

ALSO: Independent Online: 2200kW and 600km/h - on batteries!

ALSO: Car Advice: Venturi VBB-3 targeting 700km/h-plus EV speed record

ALSO: DigitalTrends.com: Ohio State University and Venturi build the world’s most powerful EV and (maybe) the world’s fastest

Ask the Expert: How is “fracking” a game changer?


May 1, 2013

Since the turn of the 21st century, natural gas exploration and development have been revolutionized thanks to a pair of technological advances: Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

Featured expert: Jeff Daniels, professor of geography and head of the Subsurface Energy Resource Center.

Battery-powered Buckeye Bullet aiming for land speed record

Fox News

April 30, 2013

Ohio State University has a need for speed, but keeps it clean.

A team from OSU’s Center for Automotive Research is planning to break the world land speed record for electric vehicles next year with a streamlined car known as the VBB-3, or Venturi Buckeye Bullet 3.

Stone Lab's Greene joins sea program

Port Clinton News Herald

April 30, 2013

Stone Lab Education Associate Angela Greene has been selected as one of 28 teachers from across the United States who will participate in the 2013 Teacher at Sea program. Sponsored by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the program allows kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail on a NOAA ship, where they work directly with on-board scientists and crew before taking their experience back to the classroom.