Student Energy and Environment News

September 5, 2017

Sustainability News and Updates

Hope everyone had a great weekend and enjoyed watching the first game of the season! Here are your updates for the week on all things energy and environment at Ohio State.


‘Local’ Rules the Roost in Ohio State Chicken Supply

If you have chicken in your sandwich, salad or soup for lunch at a campus dining services location, be assured that it’s an Ohio-based meal. Student Life Dining Services obtains all of its fresh chicken for the Columbus campus from Gerber Poultry in Kidron, Ohio, says Zia Ahmed, senior director of Student Life Dining Services. In fact, the chicken doesn’t cross any out-of-state roads on the way to the university. More than 140 farmers within a 50-mile radius of Gerber supply chicken to the northeast Ohio processing facility.

2017 Education Abroad Expo
The 2017 Education Abroad Expo is the perfect place to learn more about Ohio State’s 200+ study abroad programs. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Archie Griffin East Ballroom at the Ohio Union. Students can talk one-on-one with the experts and find out about the myriad of ways to study abroad at Ohio State. Visit the Office of International Affairs for all the details.

Best Food Forward Bulk Sale

Best Food Forward, an Ohio State Eminence fellows service project turned community organization, has big news for its bulk buy this Saturday, Sept. 9: they will be offering delivery! Only 50 delivery packages are open for this beta run, so make sure to put in orders soon through the ‘Order Now’ page. On top of that, they are offering fantastic fall fruit and vegetable options like watermelon, raspberries, asparagus, and papaya!


September EPN Breakfast Club, Sept. 12

Attend the September Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast Club "Agriculture and Water Quality Issues - OSU Research and Agency Initiatives Guide Farmers Solutions". The event is open to the public and will be held at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. OSU students may register for free by Friday, September 8

Understanding Algal Blooms: State of the Science 2017, Sept. 14

This conference will highlight current scientific knowledge about algal blooms: model predictions, updated best management practices, and water treatment methods to remove toxins. Research and outreach leaders will present findings from recent studies and identify important areas of uncertainty. Presenters will come from regional agencies and institutions. The conference agenda is now available on the event website. Registration closes on Sept. 10, 2017. Registration is $10 for students and $30 for non-students.

Student Sustainability Leaders Conference, Sept. 23

All Ohio students are invited to Student Sustainability Leaders: Networking Our Future, a student-run, student-centric conference celebrating undergraduate and graduate contributions, and supporting future leaders in sustainability careers. The event will be held at the University of Dayton’s River Campus. Registration for the event is free! Students of all academic disciplines are invited to attend and present research and scholarship. Registration is now open and will close on Sept. 9. For carpooling to Dayton, contact

AASHE National Conference 2017, Oct. 15-18

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education summit in San Antonio, Texas, brings together hundreds of students from around the world to share ideas and be inspired by sustainability champions. Online registration closes Friday, September 15.

Columbus Zoo Teen Eco Summit, Nov. 2-3

Attend this free two-day Teen Eco Summit for 1st and 2nd year college students on November 2-3 at the Columbus Zoo. Applications are due Friday, September 15.