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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Ohio State’s Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS) program began its third academic year with the start of the Autumn 2014 semester. We recently sat down to speak with one of the first graduates of the program, Alexandra Kueller, who took a job with the Virginia-based Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC) after graduating from the program in Spring 2014.
SUSTAINS (Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society) is targeted at undergraduates studying or interested in the environment and focuses on helping students to explore and engage with sustainability topics. The community was developed through a partnership between Ohio State University Housing, AEDE, SENR, and CFAES.
Ohio State’s Environmental Policy Initiative, which is directed by Professor Brent Sohngen, offers a yearly summer research grant for OSU graduate students who are preparing doctoral dissertation proposals for work in environmental policy. This year’s award was given to Elizabeth Gardiner from the Department of Anthropology; Chris Hartmann from the Department of Geography; and Nicholas Irwin from AEDE.