Student Energy and Environment News

April 9, 2018

Sustainability News and Updates

Here are your updates for this week on all things energy and environment at Ohio State. We hope you’re gearing up for the final stretch before finals. Good luck with exams!


Which Garden Would You Like to See Outside of Smith Lab in 2018? Vote by 4/15!
Remember the Pop Garden that was on the north side of Smith Lab last year? The Sustainable Growing Club (GrOSU) and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) Discovery Theme need your help for this year’s garden! Take a survey about what type of garden concept you’d like to see implemented in 2018! The deadline is April 15; GrOSU and InFACT will announce the most popular garden concept in late April and will begin planting soon after. Vote!

Ohio EPA Offers Scholarships
Apply before April 15 to receive a scholarship from the Ohio EPA. Applicants must be undergraduate students entering the final year of their program who can demonstrate their knowledge and commitment to careers in environmental sciences or environmental engineering.

Travel Grants Available for Students in Sustainability
The Office of Energy and Environment is accepting travel grant applications for students interested in presenting the results of their research or scholarship at an academic conference, meeting or symposium. Open to all full-time, degree-seeking Ohio State students. Consideration for this travel grant opportunity will continue until available funding is exhausted.

Nike Circular Innovation Challenge
Nike is calling on students like you to help create solutions to make one big step closer to a sustainable future. The Nike Circular Innovation Challenge consists of two distinct but connected calls for innovation proposals. Design with Grind focuses on creating new products using Nike Grind, recycled materials recovered from used footwear and manufacturing scrap, and Material Recovery focuses on developing new technologies to advance footwear recycling. Proposals are due May 1.


Sustainability through Reinvention, April 16
The 2018 Environmental Professionals Network Signature Event will explore the concept of sustainable supply chains through the lens of reinvention at 7 p.m. in the Ohio Union, Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom. Nadya Zhexembayeva, Chief Reinvention Officer at WE EXIST Reinvention Agency, will introduce attendees to the need for “reinvention” to achieve an exceptionally sustainable supply chain. Professionals from Patagonia, Owens Corning and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will share how they are working to embed sustainability into their supply chains.

CURA Speaker Series: William Hunt, April 17
William Hunt, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished University professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University, will be presenting on "Green Infrastructure & Ecosystem Services: The Future of Storm Water Management" at 3 p.m. in Derby Hall room 1080.

HONDA INNOVATE-O-thon: A Weeklong Externship with Honda, May 7
Join students from Ohio State and central Ohio community colleges at Ohio State’s Innovation Lab for a Honda INNOVATE-O-thon May 7-11. Participate within an interdisciplinary team to create innovative solutions to support Honda’s future mobility needs. The INNOVATE-O-thon externship program welcomes a select group of students to give you the opportunity to participate in real business workshops and work with a global business leader.

2018 OSU Materials Week, May 8
The 10th annual showcase of materials-allied research at The Ohio State University and beyond takes place May 8-11, at the Blackwell Inn & Conference Center. The conference features a keynote address, student poster sessions, and technical and cross-cutting sessions focusing on the latest advances in the full spectrum of materials innovation with experts from industry and academia. See the full agenda here.


Research Associate for Consumer Food Waste and Food Intake Projects
The OSU Food Waste Collaborative is seeking a part-time research associate for consumer food waste and food intake projects. The successful candidate may also be asked to assist in the writing of grant proposals and the acquisition of support from outside agencies, and to coordinate the development of new and/or revised research methodologies. Master’s degree in an appropriate social science or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. See here for a detailed position description. Contact Brian Roe, professor of agricultural, environmental and developmental economics, with questions.