Student Energy and Environment News

Oct. 15, 2018

TOMORROW: World Food Day 2018 -- A Zero Hunger World
Join us today for World Food Day to raise awareness for food security challenges in our community and utilizing University and public libraries as a resource for seeking solutions. The event, “A Zero Hunger World: Data Resources for Improving Food Access, Health and Well-being,” begins at 2 p.m. with a Student Organizations Fair. Learn about campus groups focused on food security and how you can get involved. Stay to attend the networking, and then at 3:30 p.m. hear a panel discussion with Ohio State and community experts. See you at the 18th Avenue Library, Third Floor Research Commons! Details and registration here.

It’s Ohio State Mobility Week! Join the Challenge!
Educate, engage and empower yourself about mobility on campus and beyond, now and in the future during Ohio State Mobility Week, now through Oct. 19. Ohio State students are encouraged to join their own network of the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge to win prizes by replacing driving-alone trips with alternative modes of transportation. Eligible commute modes include ridesharing, transit, biking or walking. Log your eligible trip on the commute calendar within the Gohio Commute platform. You can join by:

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On Mondays: Energy and Environment Film Series
This weekly series, now in its fourth year, provides film screenings with lively discussions by leading Ohio State and local experts on Mondays through November. The October features are “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” “What Lies Upstream” and “Catching the Sun: The Race for a Clean Energy Future.” Free pizza and beverages start at 6:30 p.m. with the films beginning at 7 p.m. in CBEC Room 130. A 1-credit individual study course is available. Read the details and mark your Monday calendars.

Curious about Ohio State Energy Partners? Read this:
Want to learn more about what renewable projects might look like at Ohio State? Join ENGIE for an interactive presentation by Serdar Tufekci, CEO of Ohio State Energy Partners, followed by networking with the ENGIE team. Acre Farm-to-Table lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required for the event, set for 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Blackburn Victory Room (Blackburn 108).

What’s Your Sustainability IQ?
Check your email! Ohio State is surveying students’ values, knowledge, attitudes and behavior toward sustainability topics.
Participants are selected randomly and can expect a wide range of questions, such as:

  • How much do you know about sustainability, energy and the environment?
  • What is your participation or interest in sustainability classes or extracurricular activities?
    The results of the survey will help guide decisions regarding sustainability curriculum and campus initiatives and will be used by university researchers. Please complete the survey by Oct. 20.

Think You Could ‘Gamify’ Energy Conservation?
ENGIE, which in 2017 formed Ohio State Energy Partners with Axium Infrastructure to operate the systems that heat, cool and distribute power to the university’s Columbus campus, is hosting a sustainability challenge during the Oct. 27-28 HACKOHI/O Hackathon. The goal of the challenge is to develop an interactive mobile app that turns energy conservation into a game for students. Teams can compete for a chance to win up to $300 in Amazon gift cards, and the first-place team will have the opportunity to interview for positions with ENGIE to continue developing their mobile app concept. More info can be found at Questions? Contact Francois Gressier,

Study Abroad Opportunity: Sustainability in Scandinavia
Fisher College of Business will offer a study abroad trip in May 2019 to explore sustainable business practices in Scandinavia. Participants will travel to The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden to learn about well-developed sustainable business practices. Participation is limited to sophomores and juniors as well as seniors who are graduating next summer or later and requires enrollment in a one-credit, half-semester Sustainable Business Global Lab course in Term 2 of Spring Semester 2019. The course and trip will be led by Neil Drobny, senior lecturer in the Fisher College of Business. The application deadline is Nov. 1.

Add ‘Green’ to Scarlet and Gray on Football Saturdays
The Ohio State University has set a new standard for collegiate stadium recycling and has ranked No. 1 in diversion rate within the Big Ten conference for the past four years. Ohio Stadium is the largest stadium in the country to continuously achieve zero waste status, which refers to diverting 90% or more of materials from the landfill by recycling, repurposing and composting. You can help by volunteering as a Zero Waste Educator, teaching fans about proper recycling techniques, minimizing and fixing recycling contamination, and distributing giveaways or sustainability surveys to fans. Sign up here!

Let’s Talk About Water Challenge Grant Program
Your student org can receive up to $3,000 to plan and host a Let’s Talk About Water event that screens a documentary film and features a related panel discussion. Each fall, the National Science Foundation-sponsored Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. hosts a Challenge Grant Competition to support the development of Let’s Talk About Water events. Organizers work with their university, other universities in the area, student groups and other sources (foundations, sponsors, etc.) to hold these events. Applications are due Nov. 2. Learn more.

Buckeyes Recycle!
Attention first-year students: Do you want to make a positive difference on campus and help the environment? Attend the new SUSTAINS Learning Community student-created, student-led Buckeyes Recycle session! Recycling is an easy way to minimize our ecological footprint. Learn what you can and cannot recycle on campus (it’s not as obvious as you may think!) and how you can make a positive environmental impact through personal waste reduction. Attend one of the two sessions, Nov. 8 or 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Blackburn House Victory Room. Snacks will be provided. Registration is available at; sign in to “Register for a session” under the “Success Series” tab and then search for “Buckeyes Recycle.”


EPN Breakfast: Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients, Oct. 16
This Environmental Professionals Network Breakfast program, in collaboration with the Ohio Hospital Association's Environmental Leadership Council, Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, focuses on efforts to embed environmental sustainability into healthcare systems in Ohio. Register.

Film Series: “What Lies Upstream,” Oct. 22
In the unsettling exposé “What Lies Upstream,” investigative filmmaker Cullen Hoback travels to West Virginia to study the unprecedented loss of clean water for over 300,000 Americans in the 2014 Elk River chemical spill. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

Film Series: “Catching the Sun,” Oct. 29
Through the stories of workers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China, “Catching the Sun” captures the global race to lead the clean energy future. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

Integrating Philosophical and Economic Perspectives on Well-Being, Nov. 2
This conference aims to foster interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration between philosophers and economists who are interested in well-being. It should be of interest not only to philosophers and economists, but to anyone interested in human well-being.

Film Series: “Toxic Puzzle,” Nov. 5
The documentary “Toxic Puzzle” follows scientists around the world in a quest to find a link between cyanobacteria and Lou Gehrig’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Todd Litman, Nov. 9
Todd Litman, founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, will visit for a public talk; the event includes a student roundtable discussion about campus and a professional roundtable at the Smart Columbus Experience Center.

Film Series: “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” Nov. 12
In “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution,” filmmaker James Redford embarks on a colorful personal journey into the dawn of the clean energy era as it creates jobs, turns profits and makes communities stronger and healthier across the U.S. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

CURA Speaker Series, Mobility and Equity: Noreen McDonald, Nov. 16
CURA’s fall speaker series will end with a talk and roundtable discussions featuring Noreen McDonald, a professor and chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Film Series: “A River Below,” Nov. 19
A River Below” is gripping tale of two South American activists’ attempts to use media coverage and images to save the Amazon’s endangered pink river dolphin and a struggle with ethics and social issues along the way. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

Film Series: “3 MPH,” Nov. 26
3 MPH” is a film that follows hikers through both personal struggles and some of the country’s most unforgiving landscapes, fostering personal ambition, ecological responsibility and respect for the wild. Join us at the Environmental Film Series at 7 p.m. Mondays in CBEC Room 130.

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