Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.
“At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”
The August 2014 water crisis in Toledo, Ohio, impacted Ohioans’ views of Lake Erie algae problems by increasing the attribution of blame of algae growth on crop and animal agriculture, as well as increasing the levels of reported fear and concern among citizens, said Brian Roe, an AEDE economist.
“Part of our failure to reduce phosphorus emissions stems from the use of voluntary approaches for agriculture, which struggle to reduce pollution even under the best circumstances,” Brent Sohngen, an AEDE professor and director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative, said Dec. 1 during the kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.
Attend an upcoming Agricultural Policy and Outlook meeting in your county during December 2014 and January 2015. The meetings will feature presentations by AEDE experts on key issues in the agricultural community for 2015, including policy changes, key issues, and market behavior with respect to farm, food and energy resources, and the environment.
Imposing a 25 percent tax on phosphorus, used as a fertilizer primarily on corn, could reduce soluble phosphorus concentrations in the watershed by about 8 percent, according to an analysis led by Brent Sohngen, AEDE professor and Director of Ohio State's Environmental Policy Initiative.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative will hold a webinar focused on the economics of water pollution control, looking specifically at the case of harmful algal blooms, on Tuesday, September 30th from 12 noon to 1pm. The webinar is free, open to all, and is targeted at non-economic audiences. Advance registration is not required.
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. At this year’s meeting, which was held from July 27-29 in Minneapolis, nearly 20 AEDE faculty and students presented their research.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of Dr. Alessandra Faggian to the rank of Professor and Dr. H. Allen Klaiber to the rank of Associate Professor. Congratulations to these outstanding AEDE faculty members!