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  1. Picture of person carrying plastic bags.

    Giving shoppers a nudge to forgo plastic bags

    Nov 29, 2021

    The opportunity to make a small charitable donation on a store owner’s nickel may be just the encouragement shoppers need to forgo toting their goods home in a single-use plastic bag, new research suggests.

    In the study, conducted at two convenience stores on a college campus, giving customers a 5-cent token toward a charitable donation in exchange for their rejection of a disposable bag reduced plastic bag use by about 30%.

  2. Downscaling the measurement of sustainability

    Feb 11, 2021

     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).      

  3. Dr. Sathya Gopalakrishnan chosen for 2021 North American cohort of leading sustainability scientists

    Jan 26, 2021

    In the midst of cascading crises from climate change to biodiversity loss and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Earth Leadership Program – the global successor to the renowned Leopold Leadership Program, now in partnership with Future Earth – has announced its 2021-22 North American cohort.

  4. Ohio State Launches New Sustainability Institute

    Apr 22, 2019

    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.

  5. Students Find Tourists Visiting the Maya Biosphere Reserve Willing to Pay to Support Sustainability

    Mar 25, 2019

    The Maya Biosphere Reserve of the Peten Department, Guatemala spans 4.3 million acres composed of dense forests, rivers, biodiverse flora, fauna and Mayan architectural ruins. It is the largest protected tropical forest in North America and not surprisingly, a popular ecotourism destination.

  6. Local Company Supports Sustainable Business Classes with Donation of Study Guide

    Feb 15, 2019

    Ashland LLC, a global specialty chemicals company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio is a strong supporter of students in Professor Neil Drobny’s undergraduate sustainable business classes at The Ohio State University. 

  7. To Be the Force it Could Be in Sustainability, Academia Needs to Build Bridges Faster

    Jul 25, 2018

    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.

  8. Recent EEDS Graduate Pursues Career in Sustainable Energy

    Jun 27, 2018

    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.”

  9. Effects on energy and water demands

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

    Sep 20, 2017

    AEDE Professor Elena Irwin and Ohio State researchers to examine the possible effects of deglobalization and model the scenarios that might play out in the midwest through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

  10. Students Offer Sustainability Solutions to Mayor Coleman’s Green Team

    Apr 21, 2015

    Students in “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” (ENR/AEDE 4567) received hands-on training this semester on preparing and presenting research to policymakers.