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.
Destiny Allen and Celina Laframboise, students in Ohio State's EEDS program, will spend one week this summer on Andros Island, located in the Bahamas, studying the island environment due to the generosity of several local green-business owners. Steve Grossman, President and CEO of Creative Green Marketing, and Meg MacLeod, from IndustrialBags.com, recently gifted the trip to Ohio State.
Every four years, the U.S. federal government commissions the U.S. National Climate Assessment to examine the effects of climate change on the world around us. The final product is delivered to the President and Congress. Professor Brent Sohngen served as a co-author for the forestry chapter of this year's report.
During the Spring 2014 semester, Columbus-based Momentive, a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, partnered with Dr. Neil Drobny’s sustainability in business class for Ohio State EEDS (Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability) majors to provide students with hands-on business experience.
New research by Samantha Sekar, a former AEDE graduate student, and Professor Brent Sohngen finds that state-level implementation of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) in the U.S. reduced national carbon emissions by 4 percent in 2010, with more substantial reductions expected in the future.
Students in “Assessing Sustainability: Project Experience” (ENR 4567), which is co-taught by Elena Irwin and Gregory Hitzshusen, recently presented their research to the City of Columbus’ Mayor’s Green Team. The work conducted by the students will contribute to the development of the Green Team’s “Green Memo III” which is the city’s next five-year plan for sustainability that the Mayor will unveil in 2015.
In Autumn 2014, a new Ohio State learning community, Students Understanding Sustainability and Taking Action to Improve Nature and Society (SUSTAINS), will launch on the Ohio State campus with support from AEDE. Students interested in becoming a member of the SUSTAINS Learning Community must complete a Learning Community Application by May 2, 2014.
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon participated in a panel discussion with economist Jeffrey D. Sachs during the Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference on April 4th. They shared their thoughts on sustainable development at the special event, which more than 1,000 people attended.
AEDE's Elena Irwin and Ian Sheldon will discuss sustainable development at a panel discussion with Jeffrey Sachs April 4 during the annual Ohio State University Provost’s Discovery Themes Lecturer Program and COMPAS (Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society) conference. The event is free and open to the public.