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News article: Downscaling the measurement of sustainability

 The theory of sustainability was developed with a global framework in mind.      

“The earth is a shared system with many interacting parts, so it isn't possible to consider any action to address sustainability in isolation," said Elena Irwin, distinguished professor of food, agricultural and environmental sciences in economics and sustainability and faculty director at Ohio State’s Sustainability Institute (SI).

News article: Elena Irwin honored as Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellow

AEDE's Elena Irwin was one of 25 Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) who were honored November 4, 2020 during a recognition ceremony at the virtual annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  The Fellows were recognized for their accomplishments in completing the FSLI executive leadership development program and for contributions they have made to their individual organizations and the broader higher education and food systems. 

News article: Elena Irwin Receives Award as One of Four Inaugural Distinguished Professors in CFAES

Dr. Elena Irwin, Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics (AEDE) and the Faculty Director of the Sustainability Institute at Ohio State, was selected as one of four Distinguised Professors of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. She received her Award Medallian January 10, 2020 at the College Staff Award Ceremony.

News article: AEDE Shines at North American Regional Science Conference

Ohio State University and particularly AEDE had a very large turnout of faculty, students, and past graduates at the North American Regional Science Conference (NARSC). Here is a summary of notable achievements:

Multimedia: The Role of Economics and Integrated Modeling in Sustainability

Dr. Elena Irwin giving the Keynote address at the 2019 Heartland Conference.

News article: Ohio State Launches New Sustainability Institute

Motivated to improve complex sustainability challenges, Ohio State has established a new Sustainability Institute, which merges the Office of Energy and Environment and the Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme.

Media mention: Ohio State Wins Grant To Study Impact Of Tariffs On Midwest

When Ohio State researchers first proposed a study on the impacts of tariffs on food, water and energy in the Heartland, they didn’t anticipate how relevant that research would become.

News article: To Be the Force it Could Be in Sustainability, Academia Needs to Build Bridges Faster

Academic institutions have the opportunity to play a far bigger and much-needed part in helping society solve global sustainability challenges, according to an Ohio State University researcher and her colleagues.

In an opinion piece in this month’s Nature Sustainability journal, Elena Irwin, professor of agriculture, environmental and development economics at Ohio State, and national and international co-authors argue that universities must do more to change the long-held systems of rewarding individual, disciplinary-based research.

Media mention: Ohio State Launches Effort to Help Families Achieve American Dream

University and community leaders came together at the Fawcett Center on Tuesday to discuss strategies to create economic opportunities for local families.

Media mention: Life in a Deglobalized World: What Would Trade Wars Mean for Food, Energy and Water Systems?

Ohio State experts building model to simulate impacts on Great Lakes region

News article: Ohio State Researchers Will Study How Food, Energy and Water Systems in the Great Lakes Region Could Be Impacted by Deglobalization

Imagine the United States gets ensnared in a lengthy trade war and the fallout undercuts international demand for crops grown in the Great Lakes region. Farmers and other producers would eventually adjust their plans, setting in motion changes that could have pronounced ramifications on how land, water and energy resources are used and are collectively affected for years to come. But what are those ramifications, exactly, and to what extent can they be anticipated?

Basic page: Regional and Urban Economics

Research in Regional, Urban and Development Economics Policy is to lead a nationally and internationally recognized research and outreach program focused on priority issues related to rural and urban communities and their growth.

Basic page: Sustainability and Change

AEDE Faculty work and research in sustainability and change examine the areas the human, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability.

Basic page: Human Welfare

AEDE Faculty work study the linkages between practices, policies, business decisions, rural, urban, regional and international development, and environamental resources and issues affect human welfare.

Basic page: Environmental Valuation

Environmental valuation uses tool to assign economic values to an ecosystem and determine the costs and impacts of human activities on an environmental system.

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News article: Ohio State to Host Workshop for Businesses on Measuring Sustainability

This article was originally published on the website of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

COLUMBUS, Ohio — How does your business or organization measure and account for sustainability?

News article: Planetary Boundaries: Are We Consuming Too Much?
An environmental economist explains the challenges of analyzing sustainability for industrial materials

This content was originally published on The Ohio State University Discovery Themes website.

By Elena Irwin

News article: AEDE at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

Each summer one of the most highly anticipated events for AEDE’s faculty and students takes place: the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). AAEA is the premier professional organization for agricultural and applied economists working in the U.S.

News article: Regional Economics Students Win Travel Awards to Present at National Conferences

Several AEDE graduate students have been awarded travel funding and selected to present papers at upcoming national conferences. 

News article: AEDE Faculty and Students Present Research at the 2014 AAEA Annual Meeting

Each summer one of the most highly anticipated events for AEDE’s faculty and students takes place: the annual meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA). AAEA is the premier professional organization for agricultural and applied economists working in the U.S.

Multimedia: "A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie" by Elena Irwin

Presented at Ohio State's Stone Laboratory on July 10, 2014. 

First presentation: Dr. Elena Irwin, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, "A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services."

Event: Elena Irwin to speak at Ohio State's Stone Lab

Elena Iriwn will present her research " “A Sustainability Science Approach to Lake Erie: Assessing the Linkages and Trade-offs Between Agricultural Land Management and Lake Ecosystem Services” at Ohio State's Stone Labratory on Lake Erie's Gibraltar Island on Thursday, July 10th.

News article: Wendong Zhang Awarded the 2014 Bernie Erven Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award

Doctoral student Wendong Zhang was recently awarded the 2014 Bernie Erven Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award from the department. The prize is given annually to a graduate student who best exemplifies the tradition of teaching excellence demonstrated by AEDE Emeritus Professor Bernie Erven. For many years Erven served the department as an exemplary teacher and a devoted mentor to graduate students. Zhang was nominated for the award by AEDE’s faculty.

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